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Prints from 6x6 Format - Do you crop or leave it Square?

Flying Tiger , Dec 01, 2004; 08:32 p.m.

What size of enlargement do you print from 6x6 format? Rectangular or Square? If rectangular, you have to crop to 6x4.5.

I don't any B&W printing paper in square dimensions. But if you crop, you loose a portion of the negative, which makes the 6x6 format the same as 6x4.5. Then, what's the advantage of the 6x6 over 6x4.5,




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Jason Neymeyer , Dec 01, 2004; 08:48 p.m.

Advantages: Some people like the square format better (myself included), and if you want to crop to 6x4.5 dimensions you don't have to turn the camera on its side for portrait orientation. Everything is shot as a square, then you crop later.

Olivier Koning , Dec 01, 2004; 08:56 p.m.

Square is just another format you can use just as creatively. I personally like square frames. If you prefer cropping as a 645, there's no dramatic difference in sharpness up to an 11X14 enlargement, providing your negatives are sharp and properly exposed.

hsksla ddygff , Dec 01, 2004; 09:26 p.m.

i like the square format myself, most because a perfect circle can fit inside, which makes great visual possibilites, crop it any way ya like it, its a big piece of film.

Gary Evans , Dec 01, 2004; 09:27 p.m.

And Ilford makes Mutligrade RC paper in 10x10, I just ordered it and should be here by Friday...

Mike Elek , Dec 01, 2004; 09:27 p.m.

I love the square format. It's just another way of looking at images.

It's perfectly acceptable to print 8x8 and trim the photo.

Russ Britt , Dec 01, 2004; 10:05 p.m.

Square is best!!!!!!!!!!1

David Goldfarb , Dec 01, 2004; 10:14 p.m.

Usually I print square,

but sometimes I crop.

David Henderson , Dec 01, 2004; 10:24 p.m.

More than 90% of the 6x6 slides I keep, and virtually 100% of the prints I have made, are square. But then I have a 67 camera too which I tend to use when maybe square doesn't suit my idea for the picture.

The lack of square paper doesn't matter. Square B&W prints look great on rectangular paper orientated vertically and positioned above the centre.

If you want to print 645 always, its a trade off between not turning the camera and a few extra frames on a roll.

Pavel Pinkas , Dec 01, 2004; 11:18 p.m.

The advantage of the square is that it contains all the other formats and you can easily recrop to different W:H ratios. I often crop to 4x6" pictures for family album, then 8x10" to hang on the walls or 4x5" (because I can print 4 4x5s on a single letter page).

Sometimes I also find that the picture that I envisioned to be horizontal actually works better as vertical (if you do this with rectangular format, you are loosing a lot of negative). With square format basically frame to get everything you want to be in the picture but worry about the details later. It's quite different from shooting rectangles.

Here is a good article about square format advantages.

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