How to Choose a Venue - Lighthouses

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.

Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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