We've all been there. Standing in a crowd craning our necks to view the Mona Lisa. Watching the tourists pretend to "hold up" the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Even photographing the busiest national parks to get a taste of nature.

Well, photography's about to get easier. The magazine "Pop Photo" has put together a list of 25 places around the world that you MUST photograph -- and how to do it. It enlisted photography experts to share their tips on where to go to get the same gloat-worthy photographs...without the crowds.

Here are eight of those places. Click over to "PopPhoto" for the rest.

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  • San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico

    Try San Ignacio <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=4" target="_hplink">instead of Prince William Sound, Alaska.<br /> </a></br> Heading south instead of north for whale watching affords you a totally different setting for your images. Staying in San Ignacio lets you capture the colonial Mexican town set within a lush, green, date oasis, as well as visit nearby Sierra de San Francisco to shoot its prehistoric pictographs built into the rock.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=4" target="_hplink"> Must-get shots</a>: Close-ups of whales frolicking near your boat in the laguna; wide-angles of the well-preserved Misión de San Ignacio; rock paintings in sunlight or light-painted after dusk.<br /> <br /> <em> Photo: Ryan Harvey</em>

  • Memphis, Tennessee

    Memphis, Tennessee, instead of Nashville
<br /> <br /> If you've captured the country side of Nashville, a four-hour drive to Memphis <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=8" target="_hplink">gives you a different side of Tennessee</a> (and musical) history. Plus, you'll find a lot more to photograph than just Graceland and Beale Street: Shoot the arts district of South Main's storefronts and trolleys amid low-rise architecture with a gritty, Elvis-era vibe; head to Elmwood cemetery for old tombs beneath crepe myrtles and ancient magnolias. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=8" target="_hplink">Must-get shots</a>: Painted brick storefronts; the Lorraine Motel, to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.; the old rails of the Frisco bridge by day and the lights of the Hernando De Soto on the Mississippi at night.<br /> <br /> <em> Photo: Phillip Parker © Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau 2011</em>

  • Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

    Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, instead of Rio de Janeiro<br /> <br /> This <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=22" target="_hplink">archipelago off the coast in Pernambucan</a>offers scenery for a lifetime. An ecological sanctuary, with human settlement only on the mainland, it has pristine beaches, clear waters, dramatic rock formations, and a lush interior. With limits on visitors, it's crowded only with wildlife: dolphins, turtles, grouper, eels, and breeding seabirds. You must plan well in advance and pay a hefty environmental protection tax.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=22" target="_hplink">Must-get shots</a>: Dive photos at the coral reefs; turquoise sea lapping volcanic rock; spinner dolphins at play; the coastline from above.<br /> <br /> <em> Photo: Jim Skea</em>

  • Curacao

    Curaçao instead of Jamaica

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For a unique cultural experience, along with beautiful Caribbean beaches, <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=21" target="_hplink">visit Curaçao</a>, in the ABC islands of the lesser Antilles (which also comprise Aruba and Bonaire). The streets of Old Town in Willemstad date back to the 16th century. Small beaches and bays on the southwest offer scenic coast and rich marine life. The Northwest coast is home to Christoffel National Park, where you can capture orchids, cacti, and deer against the rocky formation of Mt. Christoffel. For diving, hop a quick plane ride over to Bonaire.

<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=21" target="_hplink">Must-get shots</a>: Canal-fronted houses in Willemstad; street life in Old Town; rocky, secluded beaches; Mt. Christoffel above the greenery.<br /> <br /> <em>Photo: Jerroen Tebbe</em>

  • Botswana

    <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=24" target="_hplink">Safari in Botswana</a>, instead of Kenya or Tanzania <br /> <br /> Botswana offers different photo ops than its better-known neighbors. "The Okavengo delta floods seasonally, attracting wildlife--lions, cheetah, elephants, hyenas--that you can capture crossing the shallow waters," says Andy Biggs, who leads trips here (andybiggs.com). "It's remote, so you can go off-road on private game drives with no other vehicles around." <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=24" target="_hplink">Must-get shots</a>: Lions swimming the flooded delta at sunset; elephant herds in the shallows; late-afternoon panoramas of baobab trees with grazing giraffes.<br /> <br /> <em>Photo: Frédéric Salein </em>

  • Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Nepal

    Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Nepal, instead of Mount Everest<br /> <br /> As majestic as all treks in Nepal are, those on the <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=13" target="_hplink">Annapurna Circuit </a>are worth visiting now, before major road projects begun in 2010 by the People's Republic of China bisect the region. Get a guide and take the Ghandruk Trek or steeper Mustang Canyon Trek (formerly Tibet, now in north-central Nepal).<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=13" target="_hplink">Must-get shots</a>: Cloud drifts rising towards snow-capped mountain peaks; farmers at work on plateaus; shale and sandstone formations along the canyon trail.<br /> <br /> <em>Photo: Mike Behnken</em>

  • Oregon Road Trip

    <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=5" target="_hplink">Oregon Road Trip</a>, instead of Mount Rainier<br /> <br /> For great coastal, mountain, rainforest, and desert images, you might plan separate trips to the North- and Southwest. But visit Oregon, and you can capture all four in one day. With a base in Portland, a road trip from Cannon Beach or Astoria up to Mount Hood, then down through the temperate rainforest, lands you in the desert of John Day National Monument near Fossil in hours.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=5" target="_hplink">Must-get shots</a>: Stormy days on the dramatic, rocky coastline; the snow-capped peak of Mount Hood rising through wilderness; wildflowers or waterfalls in Mt. Hood National Park; sunset or sunrise magic hours to capture the colors of Painted Hills and Blue Basin.<br /> <br /> <em> Photo: Nathan Siemers</em>

  • East Coast, Nicaragua

    <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=20" target="_hplink">East Coast, Nicaragua</a>, instead of Costa Rica<br /> <br /> While Nicaragua's west coast is catching up with Costa Rica as a tourist spot, the east coast, says Matt Nager, beats them both. "The geography on the Caribbean, along with its nearby tropical forests, is beautiful for landscapes and wildlife. This area also has a large Creole and indigenous population, which allows you to capture more authentic cultural experiences."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=20" target="_hplink">Must-get shots</a>: Rainforest wildlife in Bosawas Biosphere Reserve; seafood dishes in Pearl Lagoon; portraits of villagers in Orinoco.<br /> <br /> <em> Photo: <a href="http://mattnager.com">Matt Nager</a></em>

  • Cedar Mesa, Utah

    <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=3" target="_hplink">Cedar Mesa</a>, Utah, instead of Mesa Verde<br /> <br /> To capture Pueblo ruins and cliff dwellings in the southwest United States, photographers often flock to Colorado's Mesa Verde, but its lesser-known neighbor in Utah can give you similar photo ops--without the unseemly crowds.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-best-places-world-to-photograph?image=3" target="_hplink"> Must-get shots</a>: Monochromatic, textured images of Anasazi cliff dwellings and rock paintings; sunset or long-exposure nighttime shots of its dramatic canyons.<br /> <br /> <em>Photo: Chris Noble</em>