If you’re a visual acquirer/learner, my guess is that you’ve considered taking pictures at some stage of your evolution. If we branch the trunk “visual acquirer/learner” in two, we need to determine whether action (videography) or still (photography) capture of what you see around you. I grew up in the 1970s and 80s, when film/video was still an infant and stills were anticipating the transition from film to digital. I played a bit with photography before college, then abandoned it until my hand was forced. As a yearbook advisor at the school where I teach, the pain of knowing that not enough student participation meant I’d have to lend a hand. I purchased a basic Canon 35mm digital camera and headed out.
Shooting digitally was liberating. No more concerns about cost of film and development, changing rolls, missed shots. Even though I was a digital immigrant, I took to the opportunity in the way you do when another human catches your heart and you KNOW that it’s more than friendship. After a time, I began to bring the camera with me at all times and would capture scenes that I liked. Of course, it then extended to the golf course.
I’ve had the fortune to photograph a high number of terrific golf courses for landscape purposes, as well as golf tournaments for reporting’s sake. My golf photography service, Captured Fairways, is a new venture in 2014. I’ve learned a great deal over this baker’s decade of shooting, but I’ve much more to acquire. If I’m fortunate, when I’m 64 or so, I’ll write my own primer on how to photography golf. In the interim, take advantage of the links I’ve provided below. They’ll give you an idea of what to do and how to to go about it successfully.
Golf Photography Primers
As with any investigation, some of your leads end in walls. I’d rather have a sit-down or shoot-around with Holger Obenaus than be frustrated by this teaser of a video promotion for the camera, not the art of golf course photography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn-bdLTg8Qk