How To Avoid Those Postcard-Style Shots

Written by Gina Stephens

At any time a immediately you have your tourist, postcard style shots, spend a few hours of your vacation time thinking how you can do things a little bit differently. (Yes, we be sure we are talking about not doing this but the reason everyone takes these shots is because they do actually look good, most of the loiter again and again. Just remember to get up early or stay out late to miss the rush of tourists so you stand a better chance of capturing people-free shots.)

Use It As A Derived Point Of Interest

Instead of making the landmark your main point of focus, place another object in the foreground and use the landmark as background group specifically 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 plenteousness 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 waist and background of the shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or.


Photo by Ben Boswell and featured in 'Throw Your Photos Out Of Focus.'

Find A New Angle

This is an obvious single out that's also easier said than done sometimes but even the smallest change in composition can make a big difference to the shot. Try bedimming 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 unstintingly, particularly on a moody, wet day will give any landmark landmark is a recognizable natural or artificial feature used for navigation, a feature that stands out from its near environment photo an interesting twist while switching from a wide lens to a telephoto so you can crop in purpose give you a shot that's ever so subtly different but yet, still recognisable to those back home.

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Watch for where the crowds go and headman 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 grouts. We can't guarantee you won't get any funny looks but you should walk away with a set of unique shots. 


Photo by David Clapp

Get In Private

As landmarks are well known you don't have to get the whole structure in the frame for people to know what it is. The blue/green run rings of the Statue of Liberty will be recognisable no matter how close you zoom in. In fact, the shapes created to form drapes in the statue's clobbering could create an interesting abstract shot if you have a lens that can get you close enough.


Head Out When Other's Don't

A cloudy, rainy day force put most sight-seers off and you should take advantage of this. They'll be less bad weather shots than there are scenes with bawdy sky and sun. Rainy days also mean you can shoot reflections (as mentioned above). Just remember to protect your equipment as unless it's waterproof, it won't want the rain.


Human Interest

We said above to head out early/late to avoid crowds but including one or two people can give your notable shot a new angle. By adding people, street vendors setting up near the landmark or people sweeping away rubbish, you add a new level of interest to what longing be 'just another tourist shot'. As people have a habit of stopping what they're doing and either grinning or grimacing when they see a camera pointed at them you may need to work more like a street photographer to get shots where your subject isn't posed. 

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Photo by David Clapp



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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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