15 Essential Stone Circle Photography Tips

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Clapp 


1. Lens Lite

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 Treble

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 Out of sorts 

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 come large and dominating.


Photo by David Clapp 

6. Go Mono

Try switching to black & white or shoot in infrared for a more uneven 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 tack rather than using a graduated filter as the filter will darken the top half of the stone.

9. No People

Avoid shots with man if you don't want to date the photograph.

10. Create Scale

Include people if you want to show a sense of scale.


Photo by David Clapp 

11. Look For Approaches

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

12. Early Or Late?

Light is usually ameliorate 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 inoculations.

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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 intention 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 making (or most 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 or stone is a natural substance, a solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids societies 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 Group Locations

Photo by David Clapp 


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Gina Stephens

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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