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)