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

Tip 716 (Look for different angles): For famous monuments such as the Taj Mahal or the Pyramids, there will be a huge number of photos already out there. If you want your photos to look somewhat different from the other photos, then look for angles that have not been commonly used, and try to get some good photos from different angles.

Tip 717 (Understand the soul of the building before you do the shoot): Many monuments have a special soul, such as monuments that are dedicated to historical figures. So, when you shoot a picture of a war memorial, see whether you can get a passing soldier or other similar object in the photo.

Tip 718 (Spend some time near the monument): As you spend time near a monument, you will get some flashes of inspiration for your photos. In many cases, these flashes of inspiration will get you some great photos (although you will have to do some hard work for these flashes of inspiration such as climbing for different perspectives, checking different exposures, evaluating black and whites, etc)

Tip 719 (Take a photo of the name of the monument): When you are in some other location different from your home town or state, there are many monuments for which you may not remember the name later. In such cases, there is a lot of sense in taking a photo of any name plaque or similar marker that helps you remember the name of the monument for later reference.

Tip 720 (Come back at a different light condition): If you have the time, then consider coming back to the same monument at a different time when the light condition would have changed. You may find that a photo of the structure that you took much earlier is very different from a photo that you take now.

Book: Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera

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