Golf courses are some of the most beautiful sporting venues in the world. The sloping greens, thick trees, and the blue waters make these venues nothing short of breathtaking. So before you go to cover a golfing event, you should do justice to the course itself. Here are some tips to help you take great photos of a golf course:
- Plan Your Trip
Before doing anything, you need to properly plan your trip to the golf course. Don’t shoot the course on the day there is a game planned. Go a few days before the game so that you have the course to yourself without any distractions. Contact the concerned people and take permission to visit the course before the game.
- Timing is Key
The best time to cover a golf course, in my opinion, is daybreak. Although this window of time is very short, the atmosphere that is created at a golf course during daybreak is hard to beat.
- Have a Prior Look
Before you go the course for your shoot, you should know which points you want to photograph and which angles you want to cover. For this purpose, it is helpful to visit the course a day before the actual shoot. You won’t have much time on the actual shoot to use that daybreak time period, so being pragmatic is helpful.
- Get Your Gear Ready
The day before the shoot, make sure everything you need is ready. Pick a lens you want to use, preferably wide angle, and clean it properly before attaching to the camera body. Check your camera sensor for dust. Make sure you have enough memory in your memory cards to take the required photos.
You should also pack a tripod for your shoot to stabilize your camera. No one likes blurry landscape photos. It could also be helpful to have a remote shutter release to avoid even the slightest of camera shake while pressing the shutter button.
- Take HDR Photos
One important thing to remember while taking golf course photos is HDR. HDR photos combine multiple images at different exposure levels into one image, leading to a well-exposed picture. This is especially helpful if there is a noticeable difference between the light and the shadows on the course. A non-HDR photo will either be overexposed or underexposed, so it’s better to take multiple photos of the same thing at different settings and combine them into an HDR image with something like the excellent Aurora HDR.
- Capture the Light and Shadows
Some of the best golf course photos showcase a contrast of light and shadow. Make sure your photos cover the putting green, with light falling on its sloping formations. Using a slower shutter speed is also helpful if the weather is windy, as this allows you to use the moving clouds to get a dynamic sky.