Photographer Evan Schiller shares the shots that show how beautiful this game can be

From California to Ireland and all points elsewhere, Evan Schiller takes photos that make the game of golf look better.

Photographer Evan Schiller shares the shots that show how beautiful this game can be

Anybody can take a picture of a golf hole with a smartphone. Quick glance at the framing in broad daylight. Try to get some background. Push the button. Easy.

But to capture golf courses in the best light consistently, to wait out the weather and the clouds, to frame a shot in such a way that golfers will spend hundreds of dollars or more to hang a print on their walls at home? That’s art.

Evan Schiller has been such an artist for decades. His photos have graced the covers of too many magazines to count, been featured on websites, are sold in pro shops and wow golf fans on social media. Schiller is one of just a handful of accomplished photographers specializing in commercial course photography that makes the rest of us want to climb into an airplane to reach the best destinations in the game.

And there’s a lot more to it than just snapping a quick photo. He typically is hired well in advance by customers with high expectations. He shares his shots with the courses and sells them to consumers on his website, evanschillerphotography.com. On site at a course, he typically spends days looking for just the right shots at the perfect angles in flattering light. He uses traditional cameras and, in recent years, drones to make those shots happen.

No. 3 at Ballyneal in Colorado (Courtesy of Evan Schiller)

Schiller has a long track record in golf, both as a player and a club pro before hanging out his shingle as a photographer. He played on the college squads at Tulane and the University of Miami, where he teamed up with Woody Austin and Nathaniel Crosby. He played the mini-tours and plenty of state opens after college, going so far as the South African Tour in the 1980s. He then took his first club job at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in New York, later moving to Westchester Country Club. And that is where his love for photography blossomed.

His new website features more than 800 photos for sale on a variety of paper and other mediums. They are even available as MetalPrints, for which dye is infused directly onto specially coated aluminum to create a beautiful luminescence. The courses he has shot include many among Golfweek’s Best lists of top courses. Think Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and the like.

The devil is in the detail for these kinds of high-level photos. Lighting is crucial to show the ground contours, and capturing just the right clouds can make or break a shot. It takes days of planning and sometimes a bit of luck with the weather, and frequently there are just minutes available in a given day when it all comes together perfectly. And Schiller has to coordinate it all with course operators and ground crews, going so far as to ensure that nobody has driven any machinery on a given hole before he arrives in the morning, thus leaving unsightly tire tracks in the dew. There’s a lot more to it than pushing a button.

The affable Schiller recently shared what goes on behind the scenes to make it all come together, on demand, time and again. The following are excerpts from that interview.

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This San Diego State golfer once started a golf club business at age 15 with just $100

Quentin Hill, member of the San Diego State men's golf team, started a custom golf club business at age 15 out of his garage.

This San Diego State golfer once started a golf club business at age 15 with just $100

Many kids have aspirations of becoming successful entrepreneurs, but not all put their money where their mouth is.

At the age of 15, Quentin Hill started a custom golf club business with only $100 in his bank account. Hill needed to buy Christmas presents for his four immediate family members and started brainstorming on how he would come up with the money.

Quentin began selling clubs out of his garage. This is his garage in the beginning stages. (Quentin Hill)

In 2015, Hill purchased his first product, a Titleist 712u 2 iron, off  eBay with the goal of reselling it. He cleaned and regripped the club and sold it to a friend for $115, making his first profit. He continued to buy and resell clubs to friends out of his garage, but then thought that his business could be bigger as he managed his profit margins.

In addition to simply reselling clubs, he began customizing clubs and offering services of stamping, dent removal, custom finishes, grip and shaft changes.

In 2017, Hill created his website and official business name, Convenient Clubs. He has now completed more than 1,100 custom orders, servicing customers in 48 states and 27 countries. He does this in addition to being a member of the men’s golf team at San Diego State University.

Hill’s entrepreneurial spirit isn’t solely invested in custom golf clubs, and has now started a second business selling unique sports jerseys and sportswear. In 2021, Hill launched Hidden Gems Sportswear, which sells gear online but also out of a storage unit in San Diego.

Hill looking at some of his inventory in his shop in San Diego. (Quentin Hill)

Hill puts a percentage of each company’s sales towards a charity that he and his two sisters started at the beginning of the pandemic, Jesus In A Bottle.

This charity hands out reusable bottles to the homeless community that include hygiene products and other daily essentials.

Each bottle has a bible verse on the front of it to provide hope to its recipients.

“I never imagined that business would expand as it has over the last six years.

“While my original goal was to grow my checking account, the most rewarding aspect has been seeing friends and customers play their best golf with clubs I customized to best fit their game ,” said Hill.

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