Golf Tips - Photography - Sand Trap Photos

By Chuck DeLaney NYI Dean

New York Institute of Photography
Tips for Better Golf Photographs

Golfer chipping a ball out of sand, toward the camera Golfers playing out of sand traps and other hazards provide for more elements of visual interest, since the golfer often blasts a clubful of sand along with the ball, and the speed of the ball is slower and can be captured on film. For a photo like the one above, the photographer is using a long lens and is probably standing on the far side of the green. This means that there's little distraction for the golfer and little danger of the photographer getting hit by the ball, since the golfer is trying to loft the ball onto the green near the location of the hole.

For this photo you'll need a camera with a telephoto lens. If you have a zoom lens make sure you are zoomed in on your subject as tight as possible.

Woman completing a chip out of the sand, with sand going everywhere Here's a similar shot with a mountain of sand that has been churned up by the golfer. The ball appears to have vanished from the frame by the time the shutter fired. It's still an interesting photo, but showing the ball would have helped. Of course, no matter what type of camera you are using, in an action sport like golf, you may not know exactly what you've captured on film until you look at the processed photos. That's part of what makes sports photography interesting. *






ACTIVITY FEED

Connieconell V. joined GolfLink

J H.  Scored 85 at  Cobblestone Park, Black Blythewood, South Carolina

Ross P. joined GolfLink

Dennis K.  Scored 133 at  Eagles Crossing Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Turk S.  Scored 90 at  Cobb's Glen Anderson, South Carolina

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Coil in the Swing Watch Video>>

Pitching and Chipping Pitching and chipping is just a smaller version of the full swing. Maintain your triangle you create a set up and allow for some body movement
Slice Cause: Steep Swing Taking practice swings holding the club at waist lever, allowing yourself to feel the rotation of your shoulders, arms and the clubface
One-Plane Backswing Make sure to keep your right elbow behind your body during the backswing so that the left arm can continue to cross your chest and stay on the same plane as your shoulders.