Introspectives #26

As the #MarchSquare challenge is soon heading for closure, I’m deliberating on this one aspect of aspect ratio today. Though Instagram has popularised it recently, as Polaroids did back in the 70s, the original cameras such as the Rollie in 1929, were in fact square format.


“Shapes become stronger in black and white photos as there is no distraction of colour.”

I’ve a number of 4:3 images which had lingered on the hard drive, having too much empty space in them to warrant showing (as opposed to desirable negative space). Cropping as 1:1 has brought them to life.


“When you crop from a 35mm frame to a square, you are discarding a third of the photo. The strongest two-thirds are left, and the image is sometimes stronger as a result.


“Whether it’s circles, squares, rectangles or triangles, the technique of composing using geometric shapes within the square format is very powerful”.

Becky’s  #March Square challenge is either squares within squares or a squared circle. It has brought me out of the 4:3 rut and made me consider capturing images in other aspect ratios too. Watch this space



Introspectives: Thinking out loud with an aim to improve and learn more about photography. Hence the images are not always for show – feedback is welcome.
All quotes from ‘A guide to producing beautiful square format images‘ – well worth a read.


24 thoughts on “Introspectives #26

  1. Very much like the bridge photo. I find it hard to make good black and white digital photos. If I make them stark they lose detail. If I make them soft they look badly taken and dull.

    1. I too find monochrome rather unimpressive at times – as a bit of an extremist I often use the high contrast version but overall colour is what I find most difficult to photograph with

          1. Recovery initially me thinks!! And then not so sure . . the next one is in June so I have a little bit of time to mull over ideas. I’ll be sharing mid May probably the plan for June.

  2. Now this is a lovely introspective. I have been using the 1:1 format since Becky’s first square format challenge in September as I found it very pleasing. OK I sometimes change to the 4:3 for a landscape image, but using the square really does focus the mind on how to frame the picture. You have some very lovely images here, and I like the clean lines of your theme.

    1. thank you Jude for your comments – there’s a definite time and place for the square and I’ve learnt more about when to use it – not just to crop but to capture in 1:1
      – am inspired to switch to other aspect ratios that I have on my camera as per this article
      the art of using aspect ratios in digital
      p.s. was pleased to find this uncluttered theme – its Lovecraft ❤

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