Lake Wylie photographer lands magazine cover

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comSeptember 3, 2013 

— Stephen Schultz didn’t win the contest, but he’s fine with the consolation prize.

Schultz submitted his photo, “Beauty in the Dark,” to Digital Photo Magazine for its annual contest in black-and-white photography. The shot made a list of 30 finalists from thousands of entries. It didn’t win a popular vote top prize, but the magazine’s publisher contacted Schultz about using it for a cover.

The magazine, published every two months, is at major retail stores and online at

Schultz moved to Lake Wylie more than two years, but the photo came from work in Gainesville, Fla. He’s a graphic designer with about 30 years experience behind a camera. The Autumn Cove resident snapped the photo with his first digital camera. He wasn’t using high-end light. The image came out much better than he’d anticipated.

“It was a good capture,” he said. “It was probably a lot of luck.”

Schultz views and submits work to several photography websites. Response to the would-be cover, with the model coming through the dark with a black background, prompted his entry.

“Since everybody seems to like it, why don’t I go with this one, and we’ll just see what happens?” Schultz said.

In addition to national photography and graphics work, Schultz creates local projects from his home studio.

For more about his work, visit

For more about his work, visit

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