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On article Simple Photo Tips: Square format images (27 comments in total)
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seri_art: Jirka and Mark H below have it right, that the Rolleiflex and other cameras like it were square format because of practical necessity. What they didn't say was that photographers who used those cameras often cropped their photos to make non-square images. That said, square is an option that probably isn't explored often enough.

I have used a square format 6X6 cm camera for years. Most of my pictures were cropped. Making all of your pictures square is an interesting creative challenge but it is very difficult. But of course as Goethe says: " In der Beschraenkung zeigt sich der Meister" ( Within limits the master is revealed).

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2012 at 17:40 UTC
On article Simple Photo Tips: Square format images (27 comments in total)

The reason Rolleiflex and later medium format SLRs had square format was not an aesthetic preference. It was just because a camera with a reflex viewfinder without a pentaprism is not suitable for flipping into the portrait orientation. A square print was simply the uncropped capture. Since no square sensors exist, a square digital picture is always a crop, just like an unusually elongated image.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2012 at 16:02 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
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