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Tips for good golf photos
Off to the Buick this weekend and I want to get the best out of my weary old P&S (a Sony DSC P8). I'm new to fiddling with the majority of manual controls on a camera..

Anyone got any tips on settings to try and get some vibrant pictures? Manual control is limited, but there's enough there that tweaking something could open up a new world for me..

Thanks in advance..

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Hi there..

Only tried golfing pictures a couple of times and not overly familar with your camera, but some general impressions might help!.

Some photos, for what they are worth at: http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/4219620.

I was using a camera with a max frame rate of 3 fps - and this definitely wasn't fast enough to catch golf swing action without a lot of anticipation on the part of the photog. I've photoshopped some of the action sequences I tried into composites, and you can see how much you miss on the average drive..

I'd advise not relying on a continuous mode and hoping, but sticking to single shot and trusting your own instinct..

Also watch out for those classic "golfer" stances which make for good shots - for example the pause a lot of players have at the end of the swing when the club is angled parallel to their shoulders and they're tracking the ball..

And if the weather is good, look for interesting shadows etc on greens and fairways..

Hope some of this helps..

Cheers - BT.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigtom..

Comment #1

And goes without saying, but clearly my shots aren't of the pros! Probably easier to anticipate a professional swing, rather than the variety of weird techniques my friends and family unleash on unsuspecting tees across the country!.

Cheers - BThttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bigtom..

Comment #2

Sorry Blair7 - first message was types in a rush, so missed out something I wanted to say..

Ifr you have got some manual control, play around with setting it on shutter priority and if the light is good enough, make sure it is fixed at a high enough shutter speed to "freeze" the action (if this is what you want...sometimes deliberately blurring the action can make for a good shoot). The higher the shutter speed you can get away with, the better. If you play and keep checking the effect, you'll probably find the lowest shutter speed you can go without getting blur and that will give you some more room to play with the aperture for artistic effect..

Cheers - BThttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bigtom..

Comment #3

I guess my tip would be: don't if you want to keep your camera..

Http://www.buickinvitational.com/spectator_rules.php?menu_id=5.

Mike..

Comment #4

LOL! Who knew...? Thanks for that spot. I want to get a new camera, so maybe I should take the old one a long anyway and force myself into making a decision!!.

Big Tom - appreciate your tips and advice. Will definitely come in useful, if not this weekend then soon for sure...

Comment #5

Http://www.daveblackphotography.com/workshop/0405.htm.

Rafy Sugirihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/rafysugiri/sets/http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/dna.php?username=79015415@N00.

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Comment #6

What's really interesting about the tips is the fact he's a pro sports photographer using a Nikon Coolpix in some cases - and getting outstanding shots. Proof that you can be the biggest gearhead in the world, but it's not the equipment that is the most important thing..

Great link..

BThttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bigtom..

Comment #7

Big Tom wrote:.

What's really interesting about the tips is the fact he's a prosports photographer using a Nikon Coolpix in some cases - and gettingoutstanding shots. Proof that you can be the biggest gearhead in theworld, but it's not the equipment that is the most important thing..

Great link..

There are cases that 'silent' P&S excels DSLR ........ simply the right tool for the job..

Rafy Sugirihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/rafysugiri/sets/http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/dna.php?username=79015415@N00.

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Comment #8

I've just checked the website for the Buick - as expected no cameras after the practice day. Also, no mobile phones. This is pretty routine for such tournaments.

Http://www.buickinvitational.com/spectator_rules.php?menu_id=5Sandy..

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