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15 Essential Stone Circle Photography Tips

Stone Circles can make excellent subjects in landscape photos so we've put together a list of top tips that focus on these ancient features.

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Always an interesting subject for photographers, standing stones and stone circles have fascinated people for centuries; but what is the best way to photograph them?

 

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.

 

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6. Go Mono

Try switching to black & white or shoot in infrared 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 using 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.

 

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11. Look For Angles

Walk around a few times without taking pictures to get a feeling for the stones and the best angles.
 

12. Early Or Late?

Light is usually better at the start or towards the end of the day, however as fewer 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 most cameras have this feature built-in) to capture the whole circle.
 

15. Do Your 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

 

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