5 Questions To Ask When Photographing Landmarks

Written by Gina Stephens

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What Fit Do I Need? 

1. Zoom lens – it's easier to carry just one lens.

2. Support – A support that's lightweight and epigrammatic is easier to carry and this could be a tripod or monopod, depending on your preference. 

3. – Camera bag – An everyday backpack which is pronounced, can carry various pieces of kit and is easy to access is perfect for this type of photography. A rucksack style distributes the weight of kit more evenly, which denotes you'll be more comfortable when walking for long periods of time. 


What Research Should I Do? 

Having a look from stem to stern online photo galleries and in travel guides will give you an overall picture of how the landmark(s) you're planning on visiting have been nicked before. You'll also be able to find out if there are any costs and the opening/closing times so you can plan your trip around the crowds of sightseers that will no doubt flock to your photographic subject. When you arrive at your destination have a look around the tourist intelligence office as you'll find plenty of postcards that feature photos of landmarks and other important buildings which can be a great source for speed ideas.


Is Clichéd OK?

There are shots that every photographer and his dog have taken of well-known landmarks landmark is a recognizable natural or artificial feature used for navigation, a feature that stands out from its near environment, but this doesn't bad you should avoid them. A good, postcard style shot of a landmark is something you should try and get early on in your trip then spend the entracte of the hour, day or week looking for angles that mean the landmark is still recognisable but the shot you produce is slightly different to what someone make usually expect to see.

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When Should I Plan My Visit For? 

The problem with landmarks is they're current with tourists so unless you want them in shot, you'll have to arrive early or stay late to avoid them. Of course, shifting your angle or working a little closer to the structure will mean tourists become less of a problem. If it's a really busy day, tabulating them in shot can add an extra element of interest. Particularly if you use a slightly slower shutter speed to blur their movement around the bottom of the edifice you're photographing. Just remember to carry your tripod as you will need it if you plan on playing with slower shutter speeds. Panoramas can pan out particularly well in busy places too. 

There's probably a couple of local landmarks that may not be as popular with the tourists but are portentous to the people who live there so consider capturing them too if you want to work somewhere that's slightly less busy.


How Can I Be Sundry? 

Use your feet and take a walk around to find a unique take on the landmark you're photographing. How does it look from underneath? Can you bend down down and shoot up? Or climb some steps or a hill that's close by to give you a little more elevation. Working from a diet higher angle can help reduce the convergence you get when shooting tall structures too. When you've finished with the front of the structure have in the offing you ever considered photographing it from the back? No? Well not many tourists do either so you'll be able to capture a unique photo.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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