June 22nd, 2014

Square photos are all the rage

Square photos: not just for hipsters. In fact no matter who or what you're shooting, or how you want to compose your shot, they can really help focus attention on your subject.

Square Photos Square photos: not just for hipsters. In fact no matter who or what you’re shooting, or how you want to compose your shot, they can really help focus attention on your subject.

If you have even a mild interest in photography, you probably have an Instagram account. If so, you’ve probably also noticed how Instagram has contributed to the resurgent popularity of the square photo (as have a multitude of similar sites like Tumblr and smartphone apps like Hipster Camera.) In fact, square photos have caught on to such a degree that now iPhones and other smartphone cameras even come with a square photo setting.

It’s not difficult to see the appeal of square photos. Current trendiness aside, they are aesthetically superior in certain cases and they do have practical advantages as well. For example, square photos tend to work really well as social media profile photos.

This renewed appreciation of the square photo has also meant something of a resurgence for photo prints, which makes sense. As with any photo, to really appreciate its full effect there is nothing like looking at a properly printed image. While there are still many die-hard aficionados of vintage photography who are still shooting film and developing their own prints, you really don’t need to be that hard-core to appreciate print photography.

Tell me that you've never just played with the effects in Instagram and stumbled across something cool.

Tell me that you’ve never just played with the effects in Instagram and stumbled across something cool.

In fact, in addition to your hard drive, you can download photos directly from Instagram and Facebook to your London Drugs PhotoLab account. If you haven’t already cropped your photos using another method you can use the PhotoLab cropping tool. You can also add a sepia tone or any number of other effects.

Best of all, square prints from our PhotoLab are very similar in price to rectangular prints of comparable size. Speaking of sizes, your square print sizes range from 4″x4″ all the way up to 12″x12″. The larger sizes are a great choice for accent walls—another place where square prints are coming back into fashion. When it comes to finishing, you have the exact same choice that you have with regular prints. All of our custom photo book options can easily accommodate your square photos, or you could even go with a square photo book. If so, you may want to choose a leather or faux-leather cover—hey, you might as well fully invest in a vintage theme for your square photos!

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