There’s nothing quite like a lighthouse for sheer mystique. Just the sight of one conjures up images of storms, fog, shipwrecks, brave rescuers and long, lonely vigils. So how best to convey all that in a photo? Here are my three favorites tricks.
1. Big Sky: You’ll see the sky in most lighthouse photos, but including more sky than usual can contribute to the perspective I like to show.
2. Go beyond the obvious: Chances are you won’t be alone when you photograph a lighthouse. To stand out from the typical “tourism” photo, try an atypical angle or perspective. And don’t neglect digital filters in post-production.
3. Lenses: Both wide angle and telephoto should be in your camera bag. Lighthouses look good both up close and far away, so try to capture both perspectives.