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ANEW SUR­VEY BY Sony has re­vealed the world’s most of­ten pho­tographed land­marks, and has also high­lighted the cliche com­po­si­tions used to cap­ture them. The re­port, which re­lies on data from In­sta­gram, places Paris’s Eif­fel Tower at the top of the list, with more than 4.6- mil­lion images on the so­cial network. Lon­don’s Big Ben was sec­ond, with 2.4 mil­lion, The Lou­vre third with 1.7 mil­lion, fol­lowed by the Em­pire State Build­ing in New York, Burj Khal­ifa in Dubai, Notre Dame Cathe­dral in Paris and St Peter’s Basil­ica in Vat­i­can City. In­ter­est­ingly, the study re­vealed that more than half of the top 30 land­marks were al­ways pho­tographed from the same three an­gles. In fact, a whop­ping 35% of the time, the Eif­fel Tower is shot us­ing the same three ap­prox­i­mate com­po­si­tions! This fig­ure was much higher in some cases too, with 71% of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ The Redeemer images, 74% of images of Rome’s Trevi Foun­tain, 77% of shots of Mount Fuji in Ja­pan, and a whop­ping 85% of images of Mac­chu Pic­chu in Peru be­ing taken from the same top three po­si­tions. Ob­vi­ously in some cases this statis­tic is led by the lo­ca­tion and ac­cess, but it does highlight a mod­ern trend to rely on ‘ pop­u­lar’ an­gles when doc­u­ment­ing your trav­els. The sur­vey also found that 55% of trav­ellers plan trips based on photo op­por­tu­ni­ties, 50% pick hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions based on other peo­ple’s pho­tos, and 47% look to In­sta­gram for photo in­spi­ra­tion when trav­el­ling. In­ter­est­ing stuff! So if you’re plan­ning a photo trip this sum­mer, make the ex­tra ef­fort to find a unique an­gle for your images – you might find they have greater suc­cess on­line if you do!

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