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

Tip 721 (Capture the mood of the place): If you taking a photo of some monument, try and capture the mood of the place. This could mean that when you are taking a photo of a mystery location such as Stonehenge, getting an overcast sky with clouds adds a huge touch to the photo; similarly when you are shooting something like Sydney Bridge, getting a sunset close to the Bridge can look superb. A lot of this happens with trial and error.

Tip 722 (Look for the sunlight on them): Historic monuments and buildings look great when you consider the play of sunlight on the structure. There will be some points where the light shining on them will give a different perspective on the building or make it look even better.

Tip 723 (Look for some occasion happening): Consider this case. I was near Buckingham Palace and it was pretty looking. And then this coincided with a parade by the Queen’s guards near the entrance, which really enhanced the photo. Similarly you need to watch out for events associated with occasions and get photos, this looks pretty well.

Tip 724 (Look for specific details in the monuments): Sometimes monuments can be pretty big and are photographed to death. Instead of taking another photo of the same monument, look for some specific details and take photos of these. For example, when I was at the Pyramids, I took photos of people scrambling at the entrance to the inner chambers of the pyramids, and these photos seemed pretty interesting.

Tip 725 (Review existing Picture Postcards): Most monuments have a lot of picture postcards with impressive photos. Review these photos and see what are some of the new angles that you can use, you might find something interesting.

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