Square ebook by Andrew S. Gibson

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Square: The Digital Photographer’s Guide to the Square Format is the natural follow-up to Beyond Thirds. In Square, I delve deep into the mysteries of the square format. Before digital cameras, the only way you could use the square format (cropping excluded) was to buy a 6×6 medium format camera. Now, digital cameras have opened up the square format to anybody who doesn’t mind taking the trouble to crop their images in post-processing.

But using the square format isn’t simply a matter of cropping – there’s a lot more to it than that. The square format demands a new approach to composition. The rule-of-thirds (which readers of Beyond Thirds will know I’m not too fond of in the first place anyway) no longer applies. Instead the composition relies on aspects like shape, simplicity and balance.

Square photos

Square explores the square format from the digital photographer’s perspective. It shows you how to use the square format on your camera, and how to make the most out of what I think of as the fine art photographer’s format. It’s illustrated throughout by my photos, and I’ve also interviewed the two film photographers, Matt Toynbee and Flavia Schaller, to explore their perspective on the square format.


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Title: Square: The Digital Photographer’s Guide to the Square Format

Length: 52 double page spreads

Words: approx 12,500

Price: $10

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Format: PDF. You can view Square using free Adobe reader software on any PC. You can also read Square on the iPad using iBooks – the ebook has been optimised for iPad viewing.


  • The history of the square format
  • Going square
  • Square subjects
  • The 35mm problem
  • Cropping square
  • Design & balance
  • Shape
  • The four S’s
  • Black & white
  • Case study: Matt Toynbee
  • Vertoramas
  • A creative edge
  • Framing
  • Creative layout
  • Diptyches & triptyches
  • Instagram
  • Holga lenses
  • Case study: Flavia Schaller
  • Appendix A: Cropping
  • Appendix B: Vertorama tutorial
  • Appendix C: Adding a black border


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