While enjoying a trip to the best little beach town, it’s always a good idea to know the best places for those perfect Tybee photos. Whether you are visiting Tybee for the first time, or returning for another round of fun, there are plenty of iconic photo spots to capture that special moment to enjoy for years to come. Here’s our top 5 picks for the best Tybee photo spots.
Few structures have the universal appeal and fascination of the Tybee Lighthouse. Ordered by General James Oglethorpe, Governor of Georgia in 1732, the Tybee Island Light Station has been guiding mariners safely into the Savannah River for over 270 years. The Tybee Island Light Station is one of America’s most intact, having all of its historic support buildings on its five-acre site. Not only is it a place of historical significance, it makes for an absolutely stunning picture. As with any subject, you have a variety of choices when composing your lighthouse image. Take several different photos,and in some, let the lighthouse dominate the shot, and in other,s take it from a distance. Also, be aware that there is a spiral staircase inside the tower that is visually breathtaking and that you can actually climb to the top and get an incredible view of Tybee. The options are almost limitless!
The Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion can make an inexperienced photographer look like a master of the craft due to its visual appeal. Taking a picture from the beach will give you a fantastic shot of the pier and surroundings that work well at sunrise or sunset. We suggest taking a walk along the boards early in the morning before other people are around and the empty pier can be used to guide the eye out to sea. It’s completely safe to have a walk under the pier, do this and you’ll find a symmetrical structure that creates a strong graphical shot when photographed from the beach. The supports closer to the sea have interesting tide line patterns, seaweed and creatures worth a quick snap. If you are on the beach when the sun is setting, try turning the pier into a silhouette.
Obviously, the beach itself makes for some great photos since they are places of natural beauty, color and interesting light. But one common problem with landscape beach photographs is that while they might capture a beautiful scene they actually have no point of interest and can be rather empty and boring. When taking a shot look for a point of interest or focal point that will give those looking at your photo a place for their eyes to rest. Perhaps it’s a pattern in the sand, a set of footprints, the crashing of waves over a rock, or a life guard stand. Also look for the little things that tell the story of going to the beach like shoes at the waters edge, sand castles, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc. Sometimes these can make wonderful little feature shots to break up your vacation album. Sunrise and sunset are great times to take pics at the beach. For starters there will be less people there at that time of day but also you’ll find that with the sun shining on an angle that you often get more interesting effects of shadows and colors – particularly in the evening when the light becomes quite warm and golden.
The Tybee Island Crab Shack is not only a great place to eat some steamed seafood but it is also a fantastic spot for some memorable pics. There’s exotic birds that they rehabilitate, an alligator lagoon, stunning views, beach cats, and colorful art placed throughout the rambling restaurant. Take the time to explore the grounds, dine on mountains of glorious seafood, feed the alligators, and sip on a refreshing margarita. Truly an adventure for the entire family. They have nonseafood items on the menu as well.
Swings on the beach make for a great photo memory. Almost everyone who visits the island has spent some time sitting in one and gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean. Not only do they hold a special place in so many visitors to Tybee hearts but they also photograph really well. Don’t you agree?
These are just some of our favorite places to take pictures on Tybee but we would love to hear about yours. If you have a favorite spot on Tybee for that picture perfect vacation memory tell us about it in the comments. Hope to see on beach soon!