The old building and the sunshine

The old building and the sunshine

You are standing before a magnificent landmark, holding up your camera to shoot. The many (other) tourists around you are constantly stepping into the frame. On the display you can see that the building’s lines are “falling” backwards, and overall it just does not meet the expectations you had from the beautiful promotional photos. If the lines above sound familiar to you, don’t despair. We’ve prepared some tips for you on how to handle tourist-site photography.

Historical buildings, ancient spaces, and famous statues and structures have one major disadvantage for photographers. It’s likely that many other people have photographed them before you, and so you will have trouble finding an original take on them. And buildings tend to be large, and the crowds of tourists do nothing to make your work easier

Equip Yourself Well

You’ll welcome a wide-angle lens when you are trying to capture a building or monument in all its immensity. But telephoto lenses, too, are nothing to sneeze at; they can be useful for catching certain interesting details.

On bright sunny days, pack a polarizing filter in your bag. It can reduce reflections, which can be annoying e.g. on buildings’ windows, and it can also give you more saturated colors and a highlighted sky. Just be sure to take it into account in your photos, and it will surely serve you well.

In bad light conditions, don’t forget to take a tripod with you. These can also come in handy for preparing panoramic pictures and, last but not least, for pictures with a smaller aperture, to get clearer architectural details.

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