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Some sites, such as the Taj Mahal or the Statue of Liberty, are so recognizable that it’s tough to get an original shot. Here are a few ways to go beyond the postcard:

• Zoom and crop in tight. Most landmarks are recognizable even when they’re only partly in the frame. So get close to show details, textures, and negative space.

• Use monochrome to highlight the shapes and geometric forms of distinctive structures.

• Turn your back to the landmark and look for its shadow on the surrounding landscape.

• Hunt for reflections of your subject in windows, car or scooter mirrors, wine glasses, or puddles.

ADAPTED FROM HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING BY TOM ANG (DK, 2007, $40)

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