Golf Channel's BTS On Being A Sports Photographer

In Play with Jimmy Roberts produced a look at the happenings of what it takes to be a professional golf photographer and lets us in on some of the background stories and details of working the pro circuits.

The feature showcases photographers David Cannon, Fred Vuich, Streeter Lecka, Leonard Kamsler, Dom Furore and Scott Halleran in this behind the scenes looks at what it takes to be a professional golf photographer and some of the hurdles that photographers have to work around.

Stories range from walking 10-12 miles a day shlepping camera gear around the courses to multiple confrontation with the players they are there to photograph. We even get to see a quick clip of a camera being yanked out of the crowd for capturing photographs and hear about a golfer giving a photographer the finger.

You can also find the video here but fair warning, the player is janky at best so just hit play and try not to scrub, it is more of a headache if you do.



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Michael Chiricosta's picture

great post. Golf is a wonderful lifelong game, and to experience so many majors and championships with physical memories, pictures, would be an unbelievable way to make a living. Hats off to these guys for the 14 hour days capturing the worlds best athletes of our time.

Ralph Hightower's picture

I Tivo'ed that segment last week. I want to pick up some tips for next year. I bought tickets to Monday's practice round of The Masters 2014. Augusta National is such a stunning golf course on TV and on the web. I cannot imagine what it will be like to see it in person.

This is my first time photographing golf, so I know that will need to practice before The Masters. I am looking at tournaments in the surrounding area, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

I know that I'll need to get a monopod; I can get a Canon FD 85-300 f4.5 lens. My current telephoto only goes from 80 to 210. I'll have a telephoto zoom on one body and a 28mm lens on the other; both are full frame cameras. I figure that a polarizer would be useful for both lenses.

I noticed one thing on the Brit's David Cannon setup that will be handy for following 18 holes of golf: thick padding at the top of his monopod. I am sure that is a shoulder saver!

I plan on using Kodak Ektar 100 in one camera for the scenic and Kodak Portra 400 in the other for the action.

BDWT's picture

I always wondered if the rapid fire would bother them in their back swing, it would drive me nuts.

Aaron Lindberg's picture

I always heard that if you were photographing Tiger Woods you could not shoot in his backswing. Not sure how much truth is in that.

John_Skinner's picture

It's 100% factual !

Shooting along side someone credentialed for PGA events, if one were to fire ANY shot prior to the strike and release. The only golf you'd be shooting is Putt-Putt Golf off of route 98. THAT is Sin # 2 on a pretty hefty list of 'you're outta here' types. The less offensive ( shooting PGA players ) in or outside the relief tents that'll get you a kick to the bollocks and dirty looks for the rest of the event..You're probably not coming back.

If you want to see DIVA type behaviors with golf spikes, attend a PGA even as a shooter. It's a very heavy lost of DO'S & DONT'S for these guys.

darkwingdave's picture

Uppity git touched my camera, his caddy would be pulling his club out of his butt.

Aaron Lindberg's picture

Agreed, that is really out of line

james martin's picture

help people
Why is one of the guys carrying a transmitter on camera?

Ian McVea's picture

It would appear that he's using the PW trigger to fire his camera. He's using a boom pole or extraordinarily-long monopod to elevate his camera and the PW triggers the shutter. You are not allowed to fire the shutter until the ball is struck. I've had Tiger yell at me for the yahoo next to me shooting early. Not a warm fuzzy feeling.

Aaron Lindberg's picture

Trying to get the higher angle with his camera on a monopod, you can see some of the shots in the video if you keep tabs. It is the high view with the golfer in bottom of the frame and the crowd surrounding him.