As a (almost professional) tourist, I take lots of photos of places that are new to me. As a stranger in a strange land, I have the luxury of looking at things with a fresh eye. So what do I do? The first think is to look around to see what attracts me about a particular place. Any number of things might make a first impression on my eye including shapes (of buildings or landscapes), lines (roads or paths or walls), colours (items or clothes or scenery), patterns (objects or landscapes) and texture (objects, buildings, trees). Having decided on what makes a scene attractive, I then decide on what element of that I want to focus on. For example, in Amsterdam bicycles are a major feature of life, so I might want to take a photo of a bicycle or bicycles. But a photo of a bicycle would be a bit boring, so I look for some feature of a particular bicycle like it's location or a part of a bicycle that is interesting. I have included three examples - the first is an unusual bicycle, the second is an unusual feature and the third is a bicycle traffic sign.
I hope this helps you take more unusual and interesting photos. Happy clicking !
I am a retired IT professional. I use my spare time by travelling and taking photographs. I love wildlife and history.