Thursday, August 20, 2009
A Way With People
Tips for posing and composing environmental portraits from a master of the art
He uses long lenses for most of his work, mainly a 70-200mm and 400mm. He does some wide-angle portraiture, but generally uses telephoto focal lengths to allow a little breathing room between himself and his subject, and keep the atmosphere relaxed. He’s known for his ability to harness light during those brief magical hours immediately after sunrise and before sunset when the sky is filled with ambient light that delivers breathtakingly beautiful colors and hues. Strong use of light and a keen understanding of the impact of color temperature add a sense of drama to Stoecklein’s portraits, which often look like they were taken straight out of the Old West.
Lighting and story are the key elements of any great photograph.
To see more of David Stoecklein’s work, visit www.stoeckleinphotography.com.
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