It is pretty tough to make original photographs these days, with more than 3.5 billion people owning a camera.
Find yourself lucky enough to be at one of the top landmarks on Instagram shared by visitors, and it is even more challenging to create an original photograph.
Sony Mobile has compiled a list of the top 30 landmarks on Instagram. Going one step further, the research indicates what percentage of these photos shared are taken from the same three popular angles.
Same old photos
Feel like you’ve seen the same old pictures of the Eiffel Tower, like, a million times? Well, photos of the world’s most photographed landmark have been shared almost 5,000,000 times. 35% of these photos are from the same three angles.
Big Ben comes second on the list with around 2,500,000 million shares, 50% of which are from the same three popular angles.
Within the top 30 list, at 85% the Machu Picchu takes unwanted top spot for the most amount of photos taken from the same spot.
Essentially we are seeing the same photos again and again. These top landmarks are starting to feel, well, less inspiring.
Research says that when photographs of landmarks like these are taken from unusual perspectives, they are around 50% more likely to be ‘liked’ on Instagram.
In addition, half of those surveyed said they choose their holiday based on others’ holiday snaps, with 45% looking to Instagram for inspiration of where to photograph and visit.
Photos with a difference using the Sony Xperia XZ
Sony has collaborated with three professional travel photographers to capture some of these landmarks in a new way. The images were captured on the Xperia XZ, ‘the pocket-sized professional camera with ‘true-to-life’ colour image capture’.
Spanish photographer Lluís Salvadó is one of these professionals and offers his top tips when visiting famous landmarks on your travels.
- Play around with colours and brightness, it’s amazing how different one scene can look with some clever camera tricks
- If you’re struggling to get an original shot play around with reflective surfaces, a famous landmark can be transformed by a little water
- Look for beauty in the architecture around you, not just the landmark as a whole. There can be a very artistic quality to structural things
- Try out a new perspective and get some shots from high above or below the subject, don’t be scared to experiment with compositions
- Use people and their silhouettes to give a shot a sense of place and time, and play around with forced perspective too
So if you find yourself lucky enough to be taking in one of these famous landmarks on Instagram, why not try capturing them for yourself from a different perspective? We’d love to see your efforts!
Most popular 30 landmarks are:
|Rank||Landmark||Location||No. of Instagram images||% from top three angles|
|4||Empire State Building||USA||1,570,167||45%|
|6||Notre Dame Cathedral||France||1,330,688||53%|
|7||St Peter’s Basilica||Vatican City||1,131,705||30%|
|11||Statue of Liberty||USA||813,930||74%|
|16||Christ the Redeemer||Brazil||581,523||71%|
|18||Burj Al Arab||UAE||534,562||56%|
|22||Ha Long Bay||Thailand||475,390||57%|
|23||Arc de Triomphe||France||449,856||49%|
|26||Great Wall of China||China||412,603||72%|
|27||Sydney Opera House||Australia||408,919||44%|
|28||Table Mountain||South Africa||386,723||61%|