Shooting on golf courses is a mixed blessing on multiple levels. Being outside all day, watching clouds and wildlife, doing what you love; all add up to plus sides. The challenges include – the weather telling you when to shoot, the golfers not really caring about the shots you need, and if you love the game, it can hurt watching everybody else play when you’re working. No matter, since the “worse” day shooting on a golf course still beats the best day shooting in any studio.
Here are a few tips to shoot commercial photography or motion on a golf course:
- It helps tremendously if you and / or your camera operator plays golf. Know the nuances.
- Weather can kill you – literally. Lightning loves golf courses. Be prepared to take shelter.
- Establish a working relationship with the Greenskeeper. You’ ll need their gear and guidance.
- Yield to golfers. They have the right of way.
- Know the course backwards and sideways. Access and short-cuts help with the process.
- Check with the sprinkler schedule. If they are automatic, you’ll need to know when they blow.
- Choose holes on the back nine. Ideally, 17 and 18. Golfers won’t get there until last and they are usually located closer to the parking lot or clubhouse (making for better access).
- Respect the staff, the etiquette of the game, and the land. They will give back if you do.
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