just following on from a converstion to do with format size in the 6x4.5 thread on cameras, and thought it may be better to start a seperate thread. perhaps people can discuss what works for them in composing a square format and perhaps why, or what difficulties people have in using the square format. considering there are ample 6x6 folders out there it may be interesting and helpful to share. posting pictures as examples would be good too
Originally Posted by oftheherd
I have always felt the same about the 645 Chippy. I know a lot of people disagree, but to me it just never seemed that much more than 35mm. Or at least not enough more. To me, 6x6 is just an easy way to use 645, since I am not overly fond of the square format. Of course, I loved my Yashica MAT 124 G when I had it, and like my 6x6 folders for their ease of carrying. 6x7 and 6x9 are the formats I really like.
All that said, I really enjoy using my Welta and Fujica folders.
yeah6x6 definately takes some getting used to ,particularly when most people have trained their eye to composing with retangular formats, it requires i think a different way of looking at things and composing. some shots just dont suit it at all while others are best seen in the square format i think. just something very pleasant about them. they can also suit being framed and hanging on their own in the right place or in group very nicely which just cant be appreciated over the net.
one of my kids scanned this one (low quality from the print) at school (some people know i havnt got a scanner yet) its by no means a perfect example and a number of other shots from the same roll were much better but they chose to scan this because of the white golliwog --funny how kids minds work! go figure. others pictures had a big pumkin from the kitchen with vine leaves from out side and others had flowers from the garden which seemed to look better but ah well.....also they stuffed up the scan as they seemed to have cropped/shifted a little off one side. it wasnt done in a studio or the lighting would have been better with more highlight in the eyes ect. just that someone wanted a few quick pics done in the lounge room so i put a sheet up and a couple of ordinary cheap camera flashes sitting on a shelf or whatever and bounced them around a bit--think i got paid with a few glasses of red wine lol.
never the less what works for me (i am sure some others know all the technical terms, but i like to keep it simple) is i often like to form triangles or 'L' shapes ect and this pic more or less demonstrates that. even tho the child is in the middle i think it still works where it probably wouldnt look as balanced (kinda arkward) in a rectangle format if she was in the middle
6x7 would be fine (i quite like it, enlarges not bad to standard frame sizes) but i just never got around to using that gear, maybe i would have if i shot more just in the studio as most of the 6x7 stuff i was likely/or like to get is pretty huge/weighty. 6x9 is one of my favourite (especialy for a carry around camera) same aspect ratio as 35mm (but on steriods) of course and simular to 6x4.5 if you imagine a litle bit cropped of the end of it..just so much bigger neg to work with and IMO i notice the differance even in the smallest prints. but the 6x6 when you get it to work is very appealing i think