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Visiting a location for the first time often leads to photographers pointing the camera at well-known scenes and landmarks. It is far better, says Keith Wilson, to look for the unexpected than to frame the familiar

Unlike other genres of photography, travel images all too often are remembered for the name of the location rather than for the aesthetics of the composition. Instead of the quality of the light or a candid moment, it is the first glimpse of a well-known landmark or viewpoint that determines whether a photograph is made. This is because many travellers, photographers included, fall into the trap of trying to repeat the composition they first admired in a post card or advertisement, rather than attempting something different. As a result, travel photography is filled with cliché images.

Of course, visiting well-known attractions is difficult to avoid, especially if you are travelling to your...

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Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is the founder of both Outdoor Photography and Black + White Photography magazines and former editor of Amateur Photographer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and on-line tutor in travel photography at My Photo School.

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