The problem with photographing famous landmarks is just that – they’re famous. So famous in fact that even if you’re never visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the Sydney Opera House, or the Pyramids, you’ve probably seen so many photos of them that it feels like you have.
As photographers this presents us with a unique challenge – finding a new angle or creative viewpoint that avoids clichés and shows off the landmark in a way that people are not so familiar with, and perhaps have never seen before.
This is tricky but it can be done. The key is to take a step back and see the landmark through fresh eyes, rather than being influenced by what we’ve seen before. Use the following tips to avoid the tried-and-tested shots and capture something more original and intriguing.
GET THE “POSTCARD” SHOTS OUT OF THE WAY
Ok, I know this article is all about finding new ways to photograph landmarks, but before you do it’s a good idea to get a few of the more common viewpoints “in the bag”. There’s a reason we see these pictures repeated over and over again – they can actually look pretty good.
Snapping these more traditional angles early means you won’t be tempted to take them later on, leaving you free to concentrate on finding more unique, creative compositions.