Beautiful day for golf. Sunny and in the 60’s. I had been waiting for decent weather to photograph Commack’s girls golf team on the course. Yearbook editors tend to frown on golfers in ski parkas.
I try to photograph golf teams at a practice, if possible. There’s less pressure on the golfers and I can get a little closer than I normally would at a match. I always ask them to wear their uniforms which, in this case, worked for most of them.
The are a few challenges when photographing golf. First, if it’s a sunny day like this was, you have a lot of contrast. The golfers may be under a tree but the background or foreground could be very bright. Or you might have the opposite issue where the golfer is in bright sunlight in front of dark woods. In either case you have to be careful you don’t blow out the highlights by keeping a close watch on your exposure warning indicators.
Second, golfers in the shade, especially with their heads down looking at the ball, will pick up a green color cast on their face and arms from the sun reflecting off the grass. This can be fixed in post by masking the skin areas and adding some magenta. You may also want to warm up the skin a bit but don’t overdo it. Skin tones in the shade are usually somewhat cool.
Finally, you need to keep your eye on the golfers shots to make sure you don’t get hit by an errant golf ball. This is especially important when shooting a practice since you’re a lot closer to the golfers than you would be in a match situation.
That’s it for this post. Thanks to the friendly staff at Sunken Meadow Golf Course for letting me photograph this practice. Next week is spring break week. A few morning games going on, which is always interesting because you get the light coming in from the opposite direction it normally does in the afternoon. This allows me to change up my shooting position for some differrent angles.