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Bob Straus didn’t set out to be a photographer and was more likely to be a player in the business world.  In the early1960’s Bob was busy completing his studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.  He then completed graduate degrees in Folklore (or oral history), and at the time, had no particular interest in photography-certainly not the visual study of golf.

Upon graduating, he worked in advertising in New York as an account manager and writer. He then moved to Europe for a couple of years before coming back to be an executive at an engineering company.  Bob didn’t seriously pick up a camera until his late twenties while traveling through Europe and North Africa. After corporate life, he began the fundamental career shift to being a freelance photographer.


 

Bob is best known for his sports photography-particularly golf, tennis, motor racing, and equestrian events. He’s covered Super Bowls, Wimbledons, Indianapolis 500s, Daytona 500s, Kentucky Derbies, Olympics, and the US Opens of tennis and golf and just about every other major sporting event worldwide.

In addition, he’s also done a wide variety of corporate work (primarily energy related) and editorial work for most major national magazines. Over his 33-year career, Bob has built a client list that includes names like, U.S.G.A., P.G.A. Tour, P.G.A of America, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, Rolex Watch Co., CARE International, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Shell and Pennzoil.

 

Arnold Palmer - All Photographs © 2004 Bob Straus

Recently, TGP got together with this talented and prolific photographer to talk about why you should bring your camera to the golf course with you. With Bob's great experience, we figured there are millions out there on the links who could benefit from his tips to capture memories, improve their golf swings and have fun with friends from the clubhouse to the 18th green. Keep in mind, shots captured on the links can make a great gift for a golfing buddy, whether for a birthday, holiday, or as a gesture of friendship.

Annika Sorenstam - All Photographs © 2004 Bob Straus

Bob's Equipment:

Camera-
Nikon

Memory Card—
SanDisk
Lexar

Tripod—
Bogen
Gitzo

Filter—
Nikon
Tiffen
Quantary

Software—
Adobe
Nikon

Camera Bag—
Custom
Lowepro
Billingham
Northface
Eagle Creek

Printer—
Canon
Epson

Scanner-
Epson

Color Management-
Adobe

Point & Shoot-
Minolta

Moniter-
Mac

Cases-
Custom

Lighting—
Multiblitz
Speedotron
Dyna-Lite

Files-
Printfiles

Portfolios—
Itoya

Computer—
Mac Book Pro
iBook

Peripherals-
LaCie

Storage-
LaCie

Paper—
Epson

Ink-
Epson

Film—
Kodak
Fuji (C-41)

Meters—
Minolta – Incident, Color, Spot



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DEAN LEUZARDER

03-09-2008

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING MR STRAUS AT THE US OPEN (TENNIS) 2008.
HE GAVE ME SOME GREAT TIPS AND EVEN ALLOWED ME TO SHOOT A COUPLE OF FRAMES WITH HIS EQUIPMENT.
HE IS ONE HECK OF A NICE GUY AND WAS VERY PLEASANT BUSY INDIVIDUAL.
IF THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET A SHOUT OUT TO HIM I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANKS...!!!!!!!!!! DEAN LEUZARDER CHESTER NJ

Chuck Closson

14-02-2011

If this is the Bob Straus i knew from Houston - co-friend of Jack Josey - please get in contact -- if not, sorry.

Jennifer Lively

09-04-2013

Was great meeting you tonight. Was the highlight of our evening. And I mean all of us. When you left, we all dogpiled you. Your life is very impressive and a life well lived. Thanks for conversing with us. And yes I really did think you were cute. Unfortunately I am married. Wishing you many more adventures to come. Regards, Jennifer Lively
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