Square: The Digital Photographer’s Guide to the Square Format by Andrew Gibson
I always enjoy reading photography books that give me incentive to explore new ideas and techniques. Andrew Gibson’s Square: The Digital Photographer’s Guide to the Square Format is such a book although for many of us (showing our age!) the idea of using the square format takes us back to the beginning of our photography careers or possibly even earlier so in my case it’s more a book about revisiting ideas and technique. My first memories (and my first camera) were of the square format, a Kodak 126 Film Instamatic Camera. I always liked the shape and compositions possible.
The Digital Photographer’s Guide to the Square Format revisits this square format looking back at the history and the use of the square format in fine art photography today. I must admit, I don’t really think in the square format much anymore having been shooting the 3:2 aspect ratio of 35mm cameras and most professional digital cameras for the past 40 years. In the 80’s I used the 4:5 aspect ratio of large format as well as the square format of the Hasselblad but this was primarily for studio work. In recent years I do crop for the square format on occasion when it’s required but that is rare.
This book has me looking at the square photo format again. The images do look different, possibly because we don’t see them often anymore. The balance is different, a square image draws attention. Beautifully illustrated, Andrew will have you keen on heading out on your next shoot with a different vision.
For $9.97 you really can’t go wrong on this book, it will change your perspective in a very positive way.