One of the tricky problems with most travel photography is creating a unique photo of attractions that have been photographed millions of times. The problem is not the attraction. It is the angle. Like most of us, when we travel we don't always have time or the wherewithal to stop and consider all of our options. The sun isn't right, the bus is leaving, the kids have to use the bathroom, and a host of others. We are in a hurry. So what ends up happening is all of the photographs are shot at eye-level, and looking a lot like everyone else's shots.

One way I have learned to be in a rush and still take interesting photos is by talking advantage of different angles. Now the first thing I do when I know I have a limited time at a destination is to look for stairs to climb and shoot down or to crouch and shoot up. This will take only seconds to do, but will offer a new light and perspective of a subject, because the rest of my memories will remember most things at eye-level. For starters, consider archways and mosaic floors and then let your imagination run wild.

Remember, low angles shots tend to make the subject larger and sometimes more imposing. High angle shots tend to diminish the subject and make things appear smaller. Pioneer documentary photographer Louis Hines used this technique brilliantly one hundred years ago, it still works today.

Written by Devin Galaudet

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