In addition to being a golf aficionado, I would like to consider myself a good photographer. However, I have always found it difficult to capture that stunning and memorable golf photo. I used to tell people that I find golf as one of the hardest sports to photograph, and they simply laugh at me; and they had a point. Think about it, the player isn’t exactly moving fast, like say soccer and you don’t need to follow the moving ball like in Basketball. In golf everything is pretty much right there in front us. I wanted to discuss this conundrum with a truly professional golf photographer.
When I was looking for a professional golf photographer online, I came across the podcast interview of one of the most renowned golf photographers in the world today Cy Cyr. The podcast was fun but also very informative and easy. I was looking to learn how to take good Golf photographs using my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, and there, Cy Cyr was making it far easier by teaching how to take professional golf photographs using a simple smartphone with a good camera.
Before getting in to some of the tips shared by Cy Cyr, it is important to know the kind of photographer that he is. He is arguably one of the top 10 golf photographers in the world today. He has been in the same room with some of the legends of the game like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Rory McIlroy and so on. He has had discussions with them, for instance he has discussed with Jack Nicklaus about a golf courses designed by him. He is the go-to photographer for leading companies like Golf Channel, Golf Digest and so on.
If you are one of those golf fanatics looking to take some good pictures using your iPhone or other good smartphone, then here are some tips from Cy.
- Choose the right time to shoot, it is ideal to shoot during the morning or evening. During day time the light intensity is not ideal, and you get nasty shadows.
- Don’t take a picture at eye level, move high, move low, or move sideways to create a nice angle. Avoid power lines, or trailers. Instead find a nice tree and something beautiful as the background.
- Never put the most interesting thing at the center of the photo, instead off-center it. In technical terms follow “rule of thirds”.
- Get close to the subject, as the zoom capabilities of a smartphone (including iPhone) is not that great.
- When photographing people or products don’t shoot in or out of a window, instead shoot parallel to the window, that will give the photo a great perspective.
- Shoot pictures in areas with soft light.
- Lookout for interesting faces and people.
Cy also recommends Snap Speed app for better pictures using a smartphone.
You can get in touch with Cy Cyr through his official website https://cycyr.com/ or email him . You can also hire him for corporate & portrait photography, golf course photography or product photography.