FIND A NEW ANGLE AND PERSPECTIVE THAT HAS RARELY OR NEVER BEEN DONE.
Most photographers realize that many of these landmarks have been photographed by millions of people and probably most of the shots have been taken from the same angles and camera viewpoints. You can take the obvious shot or find a new angle and perspective that has rarely or never been done. After all, you can use a wide, ultra-wide or fisheye lens that will allow you to take the definitive shot.
“When photographing famous landmarks, it is to your advantage to make use of ultra-wide angle lenses in order to record the landmark in its entirety. It is the only way to capture the expansiveness and achieve a true sense of the overwhelming size of a large object in relation to its surroundings.
You can shoot right from the edge of the scenic overlooks of a bulding with an ultra-wide angle lens to capture an extremely wide view that will retain a straight horizon line and record distant rock formations, the lower buiding’s, foreground ledge, and nearby trees. If you shoot with an ultra-wide and tilt the camera down, the horizon lines will bend down at the edges and the foreground ledge will curve down and expand out to the frame edges. The shot will also include the distant rock formations, lower building, foreground trees (curved in) and possible you own feet if you’re not careful!For example, if you going to photograph a building with an ultra-wide lens, you could position yourself close to the base and low to produce elongated foreground lines and converging lines at the top of the building. Shoot with a super-wide angle lens the bulding will appear to be bending into the middle of the frame, seeming to tip over! The distortion you use to alter the vertical or horizontal lines will result in images that are truly one of a kind.
“Try to shoot famous landmarks earlier in the day when the lighting is more favorable and there are less people to get in the way.
Here are a few famous landmarks that come to mind and are difficult to photograph without the use a wide angle lens: the sweeping vistas of Yellowstone and Yosemite, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Stonehenge, the Grand Canyon, the Brooklyn and Golden Gate Bridges, the Taj Mahal, the Capitol building, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, the Sphinx, and the Pyramids. Because everyone is so familiar with well-known landmarks, you can afford to be daring and bold with your compositions.
When shooting architecture, look for elements and details that will add interest to your photograph. When photographing buildings, look for designs, strong color, warm light and abstract shapes that will strengthen your composition. Look for patterns that are repeated in architecture and use a wide enough lens to record as much of the pattern as possible for the best effect. You can also personalize photograph using the detailed approach by getting close to the subject with your wide- angle lens and isolating a section of the subject.
Emphasizing the Essence of the Structure
“HORIZON LINES WILL BEND DOWN AT THE EDGES
Look for elements near the building that can be used to add interest. Then decide how you want to alter the perspective and what you want to include or exclude from the scene. Make a visual note of how the relationship between the elements in the scene are altered as you change camera positions. Use your wide lenses to crop parts of a doorway or wall. Also use it to distort lines.When photographing a building, you can emphasize the character or essence of the structure by using a wide – angle lens. Determine what features are visually critical and what your camera viewpoint will be. The viewpoint you choose is very important, so take the time to look the building over and find the most successful shooting position.
Time of Day
Also decide what time of day you want to photograph the building to take advantage of the best lighting. Photographing buildings illuminated by colorful artificial light at night can create powerful, impressive images. One way to capture the important features of a building in a creative way is to make use of light and shadows to emphasize size, shape, and perspective. You can also use the soft light from early morning, or shoot on a foggy or overcast day to create a subtle mood, thus producing unique atmosheric images.
Taking a wide- angle photo of a long horizontal building close up, and at an extreme angle from the corner of the building, will cause the receding lines of the building to converge toward the horizon. This will effectively elongate the length of the entire building. When shooting a view of a waterfront skyline, use the foreground reflection of the buildings in the water for an added element of interest in your photo.
“A GREAT WAY TO SHOW PEOPLE IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT
This is a great way to meet people and it also creates more picture taking opportunities. Shooting up close also allows you to bring out the character of a person’s face. A wide- angle lens is a great way to show people in their environment. You can fill part of the frame with the person while showing as much of the background as possible.Photographing people in your travels is also a great way to become familiar with you surroundings. Instead of an impersonal shot using a telephoto lens from a distance, make the experience more personal by using your wide- angle lens to shoot close and interact with the person . Always ask for permission from the person. Don’t be too intrusive, but talk to them and get them to relax. Always be sure to first have the person sig a model release form. If you make a person feel comfortable with you, they will usually agree to let you take their picture.