• 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.
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:
• 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)