When you arrive at any sightseeing destination people will normally follow the crowd and head for the nearest scenic spot usually the closest spot to the car park, but these spots usually only offer mediocre viewpoints for the average tourist and there are usually little golden nuggets just around the corner and out of sight. With a little added curiosity and adventure you can give yourself a definite advantage from the majority of the other visitors by exploring what's around the corner and there will normally be excellent photographic points to get an awesome picture of the attraction.
There are several ways in which you can also gain the most from any future sightseeing expedition with your camera, so the next time you visit for example the pyramids of Cairo in Egypt, Times Square in New York, the mountains of Glencoe in Scotland, the Houses of Parliment in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the leaning tour of Piza in Italy you may want to pay attention to the following ways in which you can get the best possible picture depending on your predicament.
• Find the highest and best available vantage point, as this will usually eliminate around 40% of the tourists and especially older people who aren't fit enough to walk the extra distance or families with young children and prams who only wish to walk on flat ground avoiding the stairs. As a keen photographer this will not only give you a better position to take a picture, but there will be less people to avoid and more peace in which to take your desired picture.
• If you're in a bustling crowd and there's no available high spots for better photographic opportunities then, there's an old camera trick famously called the “Hail Mary” shot and is a well known practice for members of the press and the paparazzi in getting some form of picture. The technique basically involves holding the camera above your head and pointing in the direction of the object or person. This gives you the extra required height and with most modern cameras, you can easily check the picture on the LCD screen and make any required and quick adjustments for future pictures.
• Comfort should always be your aim in photography, so having both a lightweight and foldable tripod and seat will allow you to feel comfortable and take the weight off your feet and hands. This will save your energy for the more important task in taking excellent pictures and this will also make you feel more relaxed. If you can find the right spot and then just open up your tripod and place the camera in the desired position and gain an extra steadiness with your foldable seat then, you're likely to have some awesome photographs for your future albums.
• In the old and ancient cities of Europe there are usually some excellent photographic opportunities. The buildings themselves are steeped in history, but also have staircases which lead to different levels and therefore normally offer excellent vantage points over the towns and cities of their particular locations.
Being a photographer sometimes requires thinking outside the box and what to do in order to get that special picture. Carrying the correct equipment like a foldable tripod and seat will give you comfort, wearing good footwear with proper grips will enable you to cope with the various cobblestone roads in different towns and cities with ease and always seeking to find the best available vantage point away from the masses in order to achieve that unique and awesome photograph.