7 LANDMARK PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR AVOIDING CLICHÉD PHOTOS

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LOOK FOR A NEW ANGLE

Once you’ve got the common shots out of the way it’s time to be a bit more imaginative. Rather than following the rest of the crowd, explore your scenery for interesting people or objects to include, or unusual viewpoints to shoot from.

Tian Tan Buddha

Finding a new angle for your landmark photography can be as simple as shooting your subject through the branches of a tree, framing it reflected in a puddle, or holding your camera at an extreme angle to get an unusual shot.

Don’t underestimate the power of this though – changing your viewpoint even slightly can result in a vastly different photo, and one that is much more interesting than the shots we’ve all seen a hundred times.

FOCUS ON SOMETHING ELSE

Rather than using your landmark as the main subject of the photo, shift your attention to something else, and make the landmark a background object.

Gargoyle with Eiffel Tower in background

A traffic jam leading to the Arc de Triomphe or a feeding camel in front of the Sphinx would both make for uncommon photos which are more likely to capture people’s attention. They also convey a sense of the environment, putting the landmark in context.

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