Taking action shots of a golfer making the shot of their life is not all fun and games. It means that you have to put your equipment, and sometimes yourself, in the line of danger. We have gone through a few tips and tricks to take the best possible photos of golf games already, but today I will talk to you about some important things to remember while you are taking outdoor photos.
Take those ‘Extras’ Along
There are a few items in a photographer’s arsenal that many people deem as useless or ‘extra’. Two of these can come in handy when you’re taking photos in an outdoor space where things are not necessarily in your control.
The first one is a lens hood. To be honest, I don’t understand when people call it useless. It’s a great way of making sure that sunlight doesn’t hit the lens directly to cause any glare. It’s also a very important tool to make sure that a stray ball doesn’t end up hitting your lens’ front element. Lens hoods are small, easy to carry, and really no hassle to take along for a shoot.
The second item you should carry is a UV filter. Say what you may about the actual usefulness of a UV filter, I would rather have a stray ball hit a cheap piece of glass in front of my actual lens element. UV filters save a lot of lenses from breaking or getting scratched. Yes, they may affect the image quality a little but you can invest in a better quality one if you cannot compromise on that.
Don’t Shoot Directly into the Sun
Unless you’re going for a nice silhouette, avoid pointing your lens directly at the sun while taking photos. This will not only underexpose your images a great deal but might also cause a lot of glare to creep into your photos. If you do have to shoot into the sun, use a lens hood to minimize any negative effects.
Make Quick Lens Changes
One of the worst things about shooting outdoors is the dust that just loves getting into your camera sensor. To avoid that, make sure that you don’t keep your camera sensor exposed for too long while making a lens change. Be quick with these changes, or cover the camera sensor with a body cap while you’re taking out a lens from a bag or something. Another trick is to keep your camera facing down so that dust can’t fall into it.
Get Used to Post Production
If dust does creep into your camera body and falls on your sensor without you realizing, you’ll be welcomed by dark spots in your photos when you look at them later. This can be very frustrating but luckily is pretty easy to fix with the use of a photo editor.
Most professional photo editors offer a handy healing or spot fixing tool that is perfect for removing unwanted specks of dust from your photos. All it takes is a few clicks and you’re done. To see which photo editors fit your needs the most, check out some online resources comparing various such editors and then see which one you like more.
Photo editors are also great in making dull shots look much better. So if you failed to follow the tips mentioned above and ended up with underexposed photos, you will be able to fix them a good deal with a capable photo editor, provided that you shot them in RAW.
And last but certainly not the least, it can do you good to shoot multiple brackets of each shot if the conditions are not ideal. So if the sun is too bright or the sky is too dark, take at least three brackets of each shot. One should be overexposed, one underexposed, and one exposed for the mid tones. This will allow you to later merge them all together to achieve a more natural-looking exposure with the help of an HDR editor.
And with that, we conclude this blog detailing some of the best tips and tricks to help you take better golf photos. These may not be the most well-known tips you will find on the internet, but they are sure great in making your photographic life a little easier when you’re out in the field.