It's Hip to be Square!

I know I'm dating myself when I say that the 80s pop band Huey Lewis and the News was right when they sang that it's hip to be square. When it comes to photography, I love the square format. It open up new and creative composition opportunities that a normal rectangle format doesn't offer. It is especially useful when you find yourself in a creative rut.

Many of today's cameras offer a square format setting that you can choose so that you can compose your photos in the square format right in the camera. Among the format settings of 4:3 or 16:9 you should see an option for 1:1. This is the square format setting.

If your camera doesn't have this setting built in as an option don't give up. Any version of photoshop, photoshop elements or other imaging software has a cropping option that can simplify the process and allow you to finalize your photo in a square format. Whether you've shot it or cropped it into a square, the result is the same.

Attached to this blog are several square images. However, you'll have to click on the images to see them in the square format. Here are a few of my square images that seem to be doing well in microstock:

Social Security Cards and Cash Money

Man Fishing in River Early Morning

Truck Driving at Night on Curvy Hill

Sleeping Feet

Driving in Severe Snow Storm

Business Success Through Focus

I love shooting or cropping in the square format for the new options it allows. My guess is that you will too. So the next time you feel like you are in a rut, give shooting in a square format a try.

I hope to see you shooting out there!

Photo credits: Lane Erickson.

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December 02, 2014


I think my favorite photo from Lane is the set where he is photographing that young girl with her feet sticking out of the blanket. You should all take a look. They are the most beautiful pictures I've seen here. Such cute feet and the near focus is great!

November 21, 2014


I have uploaded some photography in square format, especially concepts. I like this format. Thanks for sharing :-)

November 20, 2014


I do that sometimes too. Haven't uploaded any of them, because the are not really stockphoto's. You're right. Some photo's are just better in square format. Now I have to find out if my camera has that option. Never thought about that... just used PS.

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