Written 7 years ago by Mark Evans
Today is a big day for us here at Smash and Peas, as our young blog turns six months old, so in recognition of this magnificent ‘Landmark’ occasion, this weeks article is not surprisingly on shooting Landmarks! They’re all around us, with the more famous ones appearing in tourist brochures, so getting an original shot can be difficult, but with a little imagination and patience, something with a little pizazz can be achieved.
Go Round the Back
It’s all well and good if you’re out in the country where there’s not too many people about, but when you’re at a well known landmark, then usually there’ll be crowds of tourists about, making it all the more difficult to get a good shot. How many times have you tried to take a shot of a landmark, when just as you’re about to take a photo, a stray tourist wanders unwittingly into the frame! Very frustrating I know, so try to be patient to get the shot you want, or even try going round the back, where there may be less people about, this might give you an original angle, and a less populated shot.
We’ve all seen those cool shots people take with someone seemingly pushing the Leaning Tower of Pisa over, or somehow holding up one of the world’s famous monuments; these angles can add a little quirkyness to your shots, however it’s not as easy as it looks! A lot of patience is required, especially for the one in the shot, taking orders from the cameraman to fine tune position can get annoying, but if done right can look really great.
Timing is everything they say, and in photography it couldn’t be more true in more ways than one. For instance, the time of day you visit can be crucial; if tourist buses arrive there at a certain times then try to get there beforehand or even afterwards to avoid the crowds. A landmark can look very different at night compared to during the day too. Some even have lights that are turned on in the evening, adding that magical touch that can look way better than a shot taken during the day. In that respect, evening shots tend to be a little more atmospheric than other times of the day, as the colour in the sky can be a fantastic backdrop that adds real drama to an image.
Landmarks have to be the most photographed parts of the world. The more famous ones such as The Eiffel Tower and the Great Pyramids of Giza, have no doubt been photographed millions of times, but to me that makes it more of a challenge to get a great original picture of it. And it can be hard to get an original shot, but you’ll find that if you think outside the box and get a little creative, you might still be just another tourist, but at least your pictures will stand out from the crowd.