Don’t panic if you can’t get ‘that shot’
So, imagine this. You’re on assignment, you get into the Taj Mahal and the fountains are off and no water is in sight. Shit right?! Ah well, those shots that nearly everyone captures have been done before, but I kinda love the photo of the workmen repainting and decorating, it adds something a little different. Point being: Try and photograph the Taj Mahal with an open mind, not based on the zillion Instagram shots you have seen.
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Find your puddle
That said, you can get some awesome reflection shots that are a little different. Look for a puddle caused by one of the water sprinklers or try to get an angle from one of the water gullies not directly facing the Taj Mahal – you’ll get your ‘puddle gram’ but with a twist.
Capture the details
Get up close and personal and keep your camera out. Photographing the Taj Mahal is not just about the awe-inspiring wide-angle shots, the detail on the marble is equally as stunning so be sure to capture the intricacies of the art. Depending on the time of day, the white of the marble may be slightly yellow – either over expose your camera or reduce the yellow in lightroom afterwards.
Don’t forget the rest
The Taj Mahal complex has two beautiful buildings either side of it, whilst everyone else is getting snap happy on the main attraction head to get some much more peaceful shots of these other two architectural wonders.
Beauty is both inside and outside
Ok, inside the Taj Mahal itself I can liken it to Nazis running an airport. Whistles, pushing, screaming, shoving, no cameras (apparently: no noise according to the signs) and a lot of people looking mighty confused at what the hell they should be admiring.
But, inside the outer buildings, the details of the walls and ceilings is not too shabby. Seen as you have no tripod rest your camera against something to grab either a long exposure or an HDR shot (as above) to capture the detail well.
Take it black and white
Shout out to the awesome Jen (aka, The Social Girl Traveller) for remembering to pack her polaroid. I love getting photos that look a little old-fashioned, and by going black and white you can really achieve this. Try and capture the birds above the Taj Mahal to add interest to your photos.
Find your own ‘gimmicks’
You wanna pinch the top of the Taj Mahal, go for it. But then try to find your own gimmicks to get a different kind of photo. I managed to break a camera lens at the start of the trip, so started playing around with the macro glass to get a slightly different reflection of it.