Thursday, August 7, 2014

Golf Photography ~ See the ball, BE the Ball!

We returned home this week from our camping trip in Colorado and New Mexico. Our trip was great fun even though we were chased by rain all week long.  The decision to move camp to Durango, Co allowed us to enjoy some time outside playing Dalton Ranch Golf Course (my husband played golf and I played with my camera). Thank goodness for our weather apps!  The breaks in the rain allowed us to spread 18 holes of golf over two days and kept us from going steer crazy in our trailer!
The weather conditions worked in my favor
giving my photos vibrant colors.
If you are a golfer or photographer,
keep scrolling down because I did some
research and have some 
photography tips at the end of this post.
I can't wait for the next PGA Tour to hit Oklahoma
 so I can apply what I've learned!
Golf Course Photography Tips:
1)  It’s usually best to shoot golf using Tv (shutter priority) mode and to set a fast shutter speed of around 1/500 sec, which will enable you to shoot with a long lens handheld. Shoot in Continuous mode, and set your camera to the fastest burst rate possible to maximize your chances of getting the perfect shot.

2)  Ideally, the best times of day to get interesting shots are early and late. Golf courses really come to life when the sun is low and the shadows emphasise every undulation on the course.

3)  Keep an eye on the background – it can really make or break a shot. Tee areas that have impressive backdrops make for great shots, as do elevated greens. And when you’re cropping in really tight with a long lens, try and find an angle for a clean background in order to keep all the focus on the player.

 4)  You see beauty with your brain not your eyes. Your eyes are merely windows for the brain. Your brain has an aesthetic and emotional connection to your world, the beautiful blue sky, the yellow flag stick and your golfing buddies.  But your camera only records pictures of shapes, colors and light.  Your goal is to be able to use your camera to produce images along the lines of what your brain told you was worthwhile about taking the picture in the first place.

5)   If you shoot with the sun behind your back the image will tend to be a bit flat and devoid of depth. If you must shoot in this direction, wait until the last of the sun to get a really warm image. 

6)  Find some images that you admire and then ask: "What is it about this image that appeals to me?" That alone should help you in your quest to create better golf course images.  (To start, check these photos by  Aidan Bradley, here.)

My husband is a golf-aholic,
so I'm sure I'll get more opportunities to 
practice these tips!
Happy Click'n!

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