> 15 Tips On Photographing Stone Circles
Callanish standing stones on Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
Photo by David Clapp - www.davidclapp.co.uk
1. Lens Choice
Use a wider angle lens 16-20mm (about 24-30mm in 35mm terms)
2. Focus On Parts Of The Circle
Try isolating two or three of the stones and shoot from a low angle.
3. Get Up High
Find a vantage point at a distance where you can shoot the entire ring from a higher point to show its shape.
4. Check The Weather
Shoot on a bright day for contrast and texture in the stones, but watch for shadows.
5. Get Down Low
Shoot from a low viewpoint to make the stones appear large and dominating.
6. Go Mono
Try switching to black & white for a more moody result.
7. Use Filters
Use a polariser to darken the blue sky to give the shot more impact.
8. Try HDR
Bracket the exposure and merge using HDR technique rather than use a graduated filter as the filter will darken the top half of the stone.
9. No People
Avoid shots with people if you don't want to date the photograph.
10. Create Scale
Include people if you want to show a sense of scale.
11. Look For Angles
Walk round a few times without taking pictures to get a feeling for the stones and the best angles.
12. Early Or Late?
Lighting is usually better at the start or towards the end of the day, however as less people prefer early starts, photographers tend to have to get up early if they want to capture people-free shots.
13. Think About The Sky
If you're trying to capture the whole circle, you'll need an interesting (large) sky to add balance to your shot as the foreground will appear to be long and thin.
14. Give Panoramas A Try
Try shooting a panorama where you take a series of images that can be joined in post production (or some cameras have this feature built-in) to capture the whole circle.
15. Do You Research
For inspiration and to find out the location of some of the most photogenic stone circles do you research before you leave your house. We have an article listing some of the most popular stone circles in the UK, you can read it here: Stone Circle Locations