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Shooting From Heights - See why climbing a few steps or getting on a lift to the top of a building's a good idea.
One of the easiest ways to change the look/feel of a shot is to change your point of view so you're shooting from high up and even though climbing a mountain may be the first thought that springs to mind, you don't actually have to climb that high to give your images a different twist.
For those of you using DSLRs with interchangeable lenses, pack a wide and telephoto lens in your kit bag as you'll be able to capture both sweeping vistas and focus on distant objects / scenes. This doesn't mean you can't use a compact or a more pocketable sized mirrorless model, in fact you may find these types of cameras are better for long walks up hills as they're lighter meaning you'll be carrying less weight. A tripod's always handy and if you are planning on going for a long walk, wear suitable clothing, pack food and drink and always tell someone where you are going.
Shooting through glass isn't ideal so instead of shooting from tall, modern buildings in towns and cities where there's windows in your way, look for places that have balconies and observation decks to shoot from. If you're in a city that has a giant wheel in the middle of it, take a ride as they move slow enough for you to capture quite a few bird's eye views of the city. Bridges and steps will also be able to give you the added elevation you need to capture a few shots from higher up. Further out of a town, try climbing a nearby hill so you can shoot down on the buildings and lights at night.