Sticker art at De Wallen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. © Matt Lemon Photography. All Rights Reserved.
“There is a novelty to seeing the world in a square-crop.” – Eric Kim
When I started using Instagram, it changed how I composed and edited photos, and although Instagram later introduced the possibility to share photos in portrait and landscape orientation, I often stick to the original square shape, which is the same format I started taking photos in when I was a kid. From time to time, I do tinker around with the filters the app offers, but to quote Eric Kim again, “Ultimately the most important thing is to create a visually compelling image that speaks to our hearts or souls,” which is why I usually try to simply make my photos look as close to reality as possible. I recommend taking a look at Eric Kim’s Composition Lesson #14: Square Format. In addition, you can also take a look at one more concise, and another more detailed article by Andrew S. Gibson about producing beautiful square format photos.