Post work


Par-3 8th Hole, UT Golf Club

I’ve been accepting cash for photography assignments now for two years, and I’m just now beginning to understand the critical aspect of good post-production work.  Getting the shot is important, sure, and probably the only thing that matters in photojournalism, but advertising work is a bigger animal.

I watched a Texas Monthly video narrated by art director TJ Tucker of a recent cover shoot of Boone Pickens and came to find out that the final image was a composite of several different photos.  Lots of hard work went into getting those shots, and true talent put them all together.  Randal Ford is an incredible shooter, and come to find he’s a master at post work, too.  That’s the part of the video that got me thinking and trying harder to deliver better shots to my clients.

So you may think, “what was done to that shot there of the 8th at UT Golf Club?”  Not a whole lot, and nothing to alter the composition of the image (beyond a little cropping), but there are lots of little tweaks and sliders that can separate a good image from a great one.

And for those interested, off the thousands of golf landscapes I’ve shot, I find that shooting par-threes is usually not much of a challenge.  The 8th hole at UTGC is a an exception to that finding.  Don’t let anyone tell you not to use a ladder.

UT Golf Club

ut_golf_clubCongratulations to everyone at UT Golf Club for finally getting in the new clubhouse.  And for the rest of you, go take a look at it.  Really, really nice.  Some of my photos are hanging up in there somewhere.  This one here of the par-3 2nd hole isn’t one of them, but looking at it brings a few things to mind in the spirit of teaching golf photography in the Hill Country.

First, mornings are a crap shoot.  The light is usually perfect, but maintenance crews making tracks in the dew can ruin a sublime golf landscape.  Also, remember to dress well.  By “well,” I mean be prepared to experience the proverbial witch’s tit.  At least in the spring and fall.

Second, don’t let anyone tell you that you need a ____ing ladder.  This is just my opinion (which is the most important one on this blog), but the best golf photos are from the ground.  Isn’t that where golfers are?

One cool thing

At Sky Creek Ranch, they laser all the flagsticks from every tee placement, every morning, and change the numbers on the tee signs.  No searching the card for the number or looking on the ground and stepping it off.  Very, very cool.  You don’t see this at your average daily fee golf course.  Know what’s not cool?  You dorks with your rangefinders.