PHOTOGR APHY MAGNETS
STUDY SHOWS TOP LANDMARKS AND THEIR MOST CLICHE COMPOSITIONS
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!