A new Cornell University study has analyzed millions of photos posted online and found the most photographed landmarks on Earth. The study also found that most of us shoot landmarks the same way. Boring! So, here’s a list of the most photographed places on earth, along with tips to help add new flair to your photos.
- Landmark #4: The Eiffel Tower in Paris. For more than 120 years, people have taken photos of this iconic tower the same way: full-on, from a distance. Experts say the problem with that is you’ll be missing the impressive details found in the tower’s iron latticework. So, for a more dramatic shot, aim to take close-up photos near the tower’s base.
- The 3rd most photographed landmark: Union Square in San Francisco. It turns out, most tourists take single, wide-angle photos of this square – which you can buy on any postcard! That’s why experts say you’ll get more memorable shots if you take close-up photos – like next to one of the cable cars or sculptures, for example.
- The same goes for the 2nd most photographed landmark: Trafalgar Square in London. Instead of taking a single wide-angle shot, experts recommend tilting your lens down and capturing the texture of the square. For example: Take a picture of St. Martin’s church reflecting off the water in one of the square’s fountains.
- Finally, the most photographed landmark on earth is: The Empire State Building. Most tourists capture New York’s tallest skyscraper from the sidewalk - looking up, but experts say the most compelling photos come from unexpected places. So try this: Head 16 blocks north to the observation deck at Rockefeller Center. From there, you’ll get less obvious shots of the Empire State Building, along with a 360-degree view of Manhattan.