Lighting Techniques


How Chris Mueller Lights For Energetic Shots—Both With and Without Subjects

March 23, 2017

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Chris Mueller

For a Men’s Health story, Chris Mueller had only a few minutes to photograph Clay Matthews mid-workout. Mueller says he carefully plans his compositions first, but “there’s still a lot of excitement and energy,” he says.

Clients: Men’s Health, Newsweek Like many editorial photographers, Chris Mueller often photographs busy, impatient subjects and un-photogenic environments. “I am someone who is hired to capture moments that aren’t necessarily pretty and make them look visually compelling,” he says. But he’s never had a shoot go badly, he says. When faced with a reluctant subject—a harried CEO, a busy farmer...

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