"That shot has been done to death"
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17-03-11, 02:26 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kingston, Ontario
I look at it in two ways....
1. The 'postcard' shot of a well-known location..... it's worth trying the same shot for yourself, just to prove that you can make pictures as good as many that have gone before. You may not necessarily want to show it off, beyond Flickr, for example.
2. Finding an alternative view of the same location is definitely worth the effort. Maybe some places really have been 'done to death' but not by you... so you can be proud of finding something different. That could be shown off widely, used in competitions, put in your portfolio.
People who are on this forum also probably read several of the magazines and are clearly enthusiastic photographers, so they should have the advantage of knowing a lot more about how to bring the best out of the shot and are probably better equipped. So if you're at a location that's been photographed thousands of times before, you will undoubtedly get a better shot than 95% of the other visitors.
The biggest drawback of going to popular 'sights' is that you'll probably have time constraints of some sort and lots of people there at the same time. That would mean you may not have the chance to work out when and where the best light for 'your' shot comes from or to visualise what you want to record.
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