Behind The Shot: Shooting a Time Magazine Cover of Michael Phelps


Leading up to the 2004 Olympics, photographer Greg Heisler had the opportunity to shoot Michael Phelps for the cover of Time magazine. He initially planned to photograph Phelps at the Stanford pool where he was training, only to find out that it was too close to the Olympics and that wasn’t an option. Still, Heisler refused to let go of his vision of capturing Phelps in that blue “pool glow.” Enter some serious ingenuity. Read PetaPixel and Strobist

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