What is the best time of day for golf photography?
Golf photographers rely heavily on ‘the magic hour’ – the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. But the ‘hour’ spoken of here is actually flexible. For example, at the equator the sun rises and sets much faster than it does elsewhere. No way are you ever getting an hour of great light at dawn in Singapore (taking great golf course photos in south Asia is actually quite a challenge, considering the high humidity and the resultant haze that usually affects the light). The further from the equator you are, the more time you will have to play with, when the angle of the sunrays for golf photography is at its best. And if you go very far north, such as beyond the Arctic Circle, the sun can hang low on the horizon for many hours. The most important thing for golf photographers is to notice the light and take advantage of the best light conditions. Midday light is not always impossible, but when it’s bright and sunny, and the harsh light is coming straight from above, there’s not much chance you’ll get the golf shot of the century.