Time well spent
When you see a photogenic subject, there is a temptation to start shooting immediately. This is a good idea if the scene is changing rapidly – a colourful parade in a town centre, for example. Take a few pictures quickly, while the opportunity is there.
But if the subject is static, and you have the time, spend a few minutes walking around looking for the best viewpoint. The obvious vantage point might not give the most interesting image.
Using a foreground subject to lead the eye into the main subject can give a strong sense of depth to the image. Try framing the subject with the branches of a tree, for example, or through an archway. These might be photographic clichés, but they can still work if you do not use them too often.
Don’t take all your pictures from eye-level; you might obtain more interesting pictures with the camera down low or up high.
Both can be very effective, as they show a view that is not normally seen. Just standing on a wall will sometimes give a different picture, but don’t overlook the opportunities of shooting from a hotel window, or a rooftop restaurant.
If you have the time, take photographs of the same subject from different viewpoints. Some will be more successful than others – and they won’t always be the ones you expect.