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Dare to Go Square!

I'm pretty sure that you all know about square format photos, using both 120 and 35mm films, with or without masks. Some of you prefer square format than the usual full format, or are crazy panoramic format lovers. Well, would you dare to be square?

Photo by adi_totp

My first encounter with the term “square format” was when I bought a second-hand Holga 120 CFN from a friend. I exactly remembered that on my first roll I put the wrong mask and set the wrong setting on the camera too so all I got was that long long overlapping exposure. It was nice but I was not satisfied as the Holga is identical to square shots which I’m curious about that time so I promised to myself that I won’t do the same mistake again. The Holga was my first medium format camera which I still have and I keep it safely. I really love how Holga shots are. Maybe you’ll get those fiery-good-crazy light leaks and the other day you’ll get nearly-all burned-light leaks. Holga’s lens is also a factor for those nice square shots which always amazes me every now and then.

I realized that square format is so good for shooting portraits. In my own terms of portraits, I define them as shooting people faces or to simplify it, spontaneous portraits! I always love this kind of shots! It’s square format, and it doesn’t have to be all serious. Spontaneous square shots are among the good things in life.

There’s the time when I got to pack the cameras before I went travelling, I said to myself “I have to bring at least one camera that can shoot square format.” My options were Holga, Diana F+, and Diana Mini but now I also have the Lubitel+. there’s no plan to travel yet this year but I will certainly bring my Lubitel with me. Travelling means to bring cameras and a lot of films. Am I right, fellow lomographers?!

I guess in my limited experience of travelling and shooting in square format using these cameras, it’s exciting! To see the viewfinder and just to see the world in “square” is a relief, a relaxing reality, if you always shoot in full frame or panorama view.

Are we having fun yet? To mess around with square format by having fun with it is also an option for those of you who love it! I just love to play around using different cameras abd different films but still solid square format shots! Now I realized that after all these years I kind of have a crush with square shots and it’s really beginning to get to me!

Maybe you heard this before — my preference of using Diana Multi Pinhole Operator to be my main camera for pinhole action is something related to square format. I like how the Diana Multi Pinhole Operator captures a more wide perspective for pinholes that using Diana F+, which is narrow. Square format pinhole shots but in a wider point of view is something I always want. Really enjoying every moment of it!

So, would you dare to be square?

Because I do!

Photo by adi_totp

The Diana F+ is a new twist on the ‘60s classic cult camera. Famous for its dreamy and soft-focused images, the Diana F+ is now packed with extra features such as panorama and pinhole capabilities. Available in our Online Shop.

written by adi_totp


  1. ekeupratama


    hidup holga!

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  2. adi_totp


    @ekeupratama hiduuuup!

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  3. istionojr


    dreamy ada, surreal ada, superman's eye sharp ada!

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  4. twinklecat


    Yes! I would dare to go square! For some silly reason I'm a little afraid of 120 film. Maybe it's the expense, maybe it's the guesswork that goes into using the Diana. I'm so spoiled by my LC-A+!

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  5. adi_totp


    @twinklecat yeaaah try the Diana :D me too! these days I always used my LC-Wide :P

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