Tip of the Week: Try Shooting in the 1:1 Format


Gone are the days when a medium format camera was the only way to shoot a square image. Now DLSRs, compacts and even cellphones, offer the option. Then Hipstamatic and Instagram entered the scene and presented us with a unique interface to look at a square photo. Try out this exercise. Shoot a photo of your subject placed in the centre of a non-square format. Then shoot a similar image but in the square format. Now compare the two. The square image will definitely stand out more because of its equal ratios. Also, shapes and forms work better in a square image. Its 1:1 ratio makes it visually appealing to shoot geometrical or symmetrical subjects. For reference, take a look at photographs with a circular or triangular subject, embedded within the square.

Photograph/Namaah Kumar