How To Avoide Those Postcard-Style Shots
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Photographing Famous Landmarks - Tips on shooting landmarks a little differently to everyone else.
Use It As A Secondary Point Of InterestInstead of making the landmark your main point of focus, place another object in the foreground and use the landmark as background detail for your shot. You could use a larger aperture to throw it slightly out of focus but don't go too wide as you still want the landmark to be recognisable. For shots with plenty of depth of field, think like a landscape photographer, standing further back from your landmark so you can add interest in the foreground as well as the middle and background of the shot.
This is an obvious point that's also easier said than done sometimes but even the smallest change in composition can make a big difference to the shot. Try blurring foliage in to an out of focus frame, shoot through a window or arch or look for objects your landmark can be reflected in. Shooting down into a puddle of water, particularly on a moody, wet day will give any landmark photo an interesting twist while switching from a wide lens to a telephoto so you can crop in will give you a shot that's ever so subtly different but yet still recognisable to those back home.
Find A New Angle
Watch for where the crowds go and head off in a different direction, looking for new vantage points to shoot from. This could mean climbing to get above it or trying to get lower to shoot from nearer the ground. We can't guarantee you won't get any funny looks but you should walk away with a set of unique shots. A camera with a tilting screen, such as the Olympus OM-D, makes it easier to capture images while shooting from high or low angles.