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How to take great photos of monuments around the world – Improve your photo shooting capabilities and your technique (contd..)

Tip 736 (Learn some of the local customs): In some places, culture differences can attach significant risks to taking photos of monuments. For example, taking photos inside religious locations, or of deities can be opposed by the locals, and has the potential to cause problems. Learn about some of the restrictions when taking photos of religious or otherwise cultural monuments.

Tip 737 (Look for patterns): In many cases, you will patterns getting formed at monuments; for example, if you consider a site such as Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC, there are many photos of the graves headstones forming a pattern. Look for similar such patterns when you are taking patterns of monuments.

Tip 738 (Determine the amount of light needed): For some specific occasions, you will need a different level of light. For example, on a gloomy or low light day, you will find that stained glass windows do not give the same look as they do when you taking photos on bright days. Similarly, when you need to capture written text on monuments, you would need more ambient light.

Tip 739 (Some low cost ways of changing light conditions): In many monuments, you cannot carry the bright lights or the shadows required to control the level of lighting. However, using some natural shining objects such as stones to reflect light to increase the light levels, or varying the angle of shooting to slightly reduce the light both work in a large number of cases to get the light effect you want.

Tip 740 (Have patience if you want to avoid crowds): This is from a recent experience. I was looking to take some photos of a historic church, and yet there was a large crowd. The aim was to take a photo where there was nobody present, and some amount of patience, around 15 mins, gave me a time period of around 15 seconds when nobody was there in the photo. This can work at many such tourist locations.

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