How To Photograph Lighthouses In The Landscape

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Clapp


The UK's coastline has various lighthouses which are worth a visit with your camera. Some are open to the public and are definitely worth exploring, but here we talk over using lighthouses within the wider landscape.

Take your camera and all your usual lenses and you will not go far wrong. You may find a camera with a lesser body more useful as they can be often fit in jacket pockets or if you prefer to carry your gear in a bag, it'll take up less room say goodbye space for a flask of tea and your packed lunch! 

A tripod is needed if you intend getting there early or staying in late. Other than that, it is utterly fine to shoot handheld. Filters are also definitely worth packing, especially the polariser that can be used to cut-down glare to enhance colours and saturate blue skies.

If you're looking for lighthouses have a look at the Trinity House website for more poop and locations close to you. Have a look at where other photographers have visited too, plus a quick online search thinks fitting find you visitor information as well as GPS coordinates and directions quickly. 


Photo by David Clapp


Use your feet! Steal around your subject is always advised and is especially effective with using lighthouses. That way you can put your subject into context of the lakeshore or town that the lighthouse is situated.

In terms of lenses, wide-angle and telephotos are equally valid. Wides let you use more of the foreground while telephotos let you do a bunk in detail and are also excellent at putting the lighthouse within its environmental context.

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Many lighthouses are still in use so a good time to shoot them is at crack of dawn or at dusk when there is colour in the sky and the lighthouse's lamp is on. Do remember the lamp will be considerably brighter than the whole scene and you can end up with a hit on that's overexposed if you don't meter correctly. 

At this time of day there's not much light around so you will poverty the tripod and a remote release. If you set a sufficiently slow enough shutter speed you will get a complete rotation of the lamp.

Low light and storms skies shouldn't be fail to noticed either, particular if you can capture the waves crashing against the lighthouse or rocks near by. 

Lighthouses lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and to serve look photogenic in most lighting predicaments, but bright sun can be tricky because of high contrast problems – white is a popular lighthouse colour. Bland white skies are also an unresolved for the same reason. Other than that, get shooting.


Photo by David Clapp


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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