A new perspective: shooting square format photographs on the Fujifilm x-t2
One of my favourite functions on the Fujifilm x-t2 is the ability to change image size on the fly. In most circumstances I shoot the standard 3:2 ratio but the ability to quickly jump between 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 is a great little function.
I decided to get out and test myself by using only the square format (1:1) setting on my x-t2 and see what images I could come up with. Forcing myself to shoot in this way is a great way to keep the creative juices flowing - by sticking to one crop ratio it challenges me to find new shapes and compositions that I would never look for if I stuck to the default 3:2 crop.
The images above were shot using the 1:1 square format - I have actually set up a shortcut in my Q (quick menu) button meaning I can flick between these ratios while I’m preparing a shot, then flick back to 3:2 when I 'm done. In recent months I have found myself cropping a lot of images to 5:4 format in Lightroom so if Fujifilm could furnish their next firmware update with a 5:4 crop that would make me a very happy man. I am sure you will notice a lot more square format images as I continue to get to experiment.
What do you think, do you use these crop sizes or challenge yourself in a similar way? Leave your comments below.