1. Get up early, shoot late in the day
You’ll get the best light one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. That’s what’s commonly called “the golden hour”. Now, most tourists shoot in the middle of the day. Don’t make that same mistake. If you shoot outside while the sun is up high in the sky, you’ll get dull colors and hard shades. Instead, use your time in the middle of the day for either shooting indoors or for editing your photos. Or, just do what most other tourists do: take a seat at a nice restaurant, have a cool beer and enjoy your time.
2. Convey some sense of context
Add a few pictures that tell your audience where you are. You can do this by e.g. shooting a street sign in the local language, a flag, or people dressed in local costumes.
3. Get off the beaten path
While the river Danube, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge have been shot to death by Budapest tourists, some smaller alleys still await discovery. Although I’m not saying that you shouldn’t shoot the main tourist attractions as well, I recommend getting off the beaten paths and showing your viewer something fresh and new. You might, for example consider exploring some of the hidden alleys that are located in the more remote parts of the city you’re visiting. In all cases, you’ll want to convey a sense of the specific location you’re visiting.
4. Watch out for the small things along the way
Keep your eyes open for the small things along your way while you’re sauntering through the streets. Don’t just pay attention to buildings, places, and statues that are listed in your tourist guide. In many cases, you will be surprised by how many great photo opportunities you would have missed if you just shot the most obvious targets.
5. Add in some action shots as well
Adding in some action shots will make your series of pictures more lively. If your photos only show an endless number of buildings and panoramic views, your audience will get bored very quickly. For that reason, always use a camera strap, take your lens cap off, keep your camera turned on, and wait for the right opportunity. If you first have to open your camera bag and get your camera ready for the shot, the moment will most likely be gone. I’m using a Black Rapid camera strap which fastens to the tripod socket of my camera. It’s not inexpensive (around $60), but it’s one of the most versatile pieces of equipment I own.