monument photography

Travel to any destination would be incomplete if you don’t check out the historical monuments. The old structures and stories play an influential role in creating the society and its culture. They often get etched in our memories as post cards from the past and are cherished as few of the most wonderful moments of our lives. As tourists, you are naturally tempted to take photos of yourself along with the monuments. You want to capture every square inch of the periphery for memory’s sake. But photographing monuments can sometimes be very challenging. It can also turn out to be a bummer owning to various reasons. Here are some tips to get the best photos of monuments.

monument photography

Camera

Needless to say, your camera needs to be of a good quality. If you plan to buy a camera, look for the one which does well in low –light conditions. Many monuments tend to have a lot of shadows and can be a challenge to capture well. Cameras with capabilities in low lights will be helpful in such cases to capture an even tone picture while maintaining details.

Flash

Sometimes, the shadows can be really difficult to capture in natural light. Consider using your flash light for an even tone exposure. Clicking a photo with flash needs a bit of trial and error as it depends on your judgement of distance from the subject. Being too close to the subject can over expose the image and being too far can under expose it. Find the optimum distance and get shooting.

Patience

Patience is a virtue and it would be tested. Clicking photos of monuments can demand a bit of patience from you. You need to be careful of the shadows of people coming into the frame and ruining your image. Look around the place and search for interesting angles to frame the image. Sometimes composing the image in your mind before clicking can make life much easier.

Time of Visit

Plan your visit smartly. Shoot during the golden hours, (7am to 10am and 4pm to 6pm) for the best light.  Diffused light is excellent for your photos; giving you stunning picture quality with high quality details.

Try Panoramas

Capturing the entire scene can be more convenient than clicking at every few metres. Most modern cameras have a Panorama mode built-in them. However if you have to do it manually, stand straight with your feet apart and click, turning from your waist. Overlap the photos so it is easier to stitch them together through a digital editing software.

It is very rewarding to have wonderful pictures from your trips. Some day in the future, you’ll look back and reminiscence the amazing monuments and the golden moments. Follow these tips for monument photography and get the perfect shots for your next trip to beautiful monuments.

About Chaitanya Shah

Digital Strategist | Aspiring Entrepreneur |Founder - Lunchex.co
  • great tips!! =) Should start doing this properly!

    • travelingcuriously

      Good luck! Just ping me if you ever need any help! 🙂

  • I absolutely love Panoramic photography!!! Great advice!

    • travelingcuriously

      Thanks Ashley! I’m glad you found them useful! 🙂

  • I think patience is a key to photographing monuments. People are typically everywhere making it very difficult at times.

    • travelingcuriously

      Yes I agree! It is a serious challenge, especially when you are in a crowded places such as monuments. I hope you found the blog useful Elaine.

      Cheers!