This weeks tip is about the importance of research to help you get great shots.
Pre digital and pre internet days research had to be carried out by looking at books, contacting tourist boards etc to give a good idea of the location I was visiting. Nowadays research is much easier with the internet. It really pays dividends to do good research prior to a shoot as it saves time when there and gives you a good feel for the place.
Also upon arrival at a location look at local postcards and travel guides to see where the location is usually being shot from. Then go scout out a new angle that is different to the standard view to make the shot stand out.
The shot below is of the Eiffel Tower which everybody knows what the whole tower looks like. For this shot I scouted out this location in spare time when the light was too harsh for great photography. I wanted to have just a small section of the tower in the shot with some old Parisian buildings giving scale and a sense of place and also wanted a Parisian night scene.
The scouting paid off as this shot has been a great earner and used for countless different themes.