How much time would a professional golf photographer use for a photo shoot of one golf course?
How long does a golf course photographer use on one golf course? You need to hedge your bets. Why have somebody around for five days if they can do it in two days? The question is, could they do it in two days? Maybe the golf photographer can ‘get the job done’ in one day, even? There is, of course, a catch. You cannot possibly have control of one of the most important factors for great golf photography: the weather. Another catch: there are 18 holes on a golf course, and the magic hour is of limited duration each day. The golf photographer cannot possibly be at more than one location at a time.
This story might surprise you: I was talking to a friend who told me that Hoylake had a professional in to redo their golf course photography ahead of the Open. ‘How long did he stay for the golf photoshoot?’ I asked. The answer was that he stayed a full two weeks. In that way, he was able to catch the most beautiful moments, when the weather shifts and the play of clouds with the sunlight create memorable and stunning golf pictures.
Not every club has the means to bring in a world-renowned golf course photographer for two weeks. But the attitude is the right one, namely the acceptance that golf photography is so weather and light-dependent that proper time must be given to the task. Sometimes you can be lucky. I have heard of great photos being taken in just a few limited hours. But that happens very rarely. The more normal story is for a golf course photographer to be hired for two, perhaps three days, where often the weather has not cooperated. Then, perhaps the cloud cover lifts for just an hour or two, and the photographer is frantically traversing the course, trying to capture the light before it disappears.