These days, every town has a few statues and they have become easy subjects to photograph. In most towns parks and some road round-about often house statues that iconize political leaders, social reformers, famous personality, abstract statues, logo statues, mythical figures or historical figures as well as other objects. With some tips one can take reasonable photographs of statues.
Once you have become acquainted with the aperture setting and shutter speed, the following guidelines will be helpful to take good pictures of statues. Recently, I tried to take a picture of a statue of Arjuna in Kurukshetra by trying out the angle and the position of the camera with a firm rest.
The first thing to keep in mind for photographing statues is to look at the angle of the camera to take the picture. It is advisable to try to take picture from a low viewpoint as the statues have a platform and are tall way above eye level. If, the statue is not tall and platform is low, one can fill the frame shooting from a low angle.
If the statue is big, a better approach is to stand a bit further back and use the longer setting of your zoom lens to get the image tighter in the frame. This will produce a photo with a more natural angle. In case, you can find a position where you can gain height so you are on a level, it will improve the shot even further.
To shoot statues, consider the camera direction by walking around to check the background and the features on the statue. Find out a viewpoint to allow arms to be seen along with the face. Golden hours and a cloudy sky may help to create mood in the photo. Switch the flash off and use your tripod to stop shake spoiling your shot.
A tripod is always useful as it can stop camera shake spoiling your shots and it will make you think more about the angles and position you're working with.