Golf Photography Tips & Techniques
There are quite a number of activities which fall under the realm of outdoor action sports you might consider for getting some attention-grabbing digital images which make viewers feel like they are actually there witnessing the event live. One of the USA’s top sports is golf, with more than $60 billion being spent on golf-related items each year by some 57 million professional and amateur golfers alike. As soon as the last frost lifts, many of the world’s 30,730 golf courses open and greens are trampled hordes of “duffers" every weekend and holiday. Golf is indeed a lucrative market in many respects.
Golf Photo Shooting Tips: When hitting the links for golf action digital photography, remember to respect the golfers, professionals or not. Most players take their game quite seriously so using the following golf shooting tips will help you show them proper respect and avoid any interference of their game. Remember, in golf photography, position is everything.
· If you can turn off the sound of your camera you should do so.
· Use a telephoto lens to keep well away from the golfers and avoid spoiling their concentration.
· Use a lens hood to help minimize any possible sun flare or reflection off your camera lens.
· Don’t move or distract players in any way, especially when they are about to tee off, putt or take a shot.
· Use a wide aperture (f5.6 or more) and tight depth of field to focus on one competitor
· Stay low for short game golf shots like pitching and putting.
· Time your camera settings to catch the beginning or end of the golfer’s swing.
· For good putting digital images, position yourself behind or to one side of the golfer with the hole flag in view, you can also position yourself with the flagged hole in the foreground and the golfer behind if using a telephoto lens.
· Best golf action shot positions are at hole tee-off points or near the greens and flagged hole.