Film, Television & Theatre Photography

The theatre and performing arts has always been a passion of mine, ever since my student days working at The Tron Theatre in Glasgow. I find watching the drama and intensity of an actor in full flow can make a really amazing photograph. TV and film sets are also  fascinating experiences. Watching what goes on, how the lights are set, the backgrounds etc. There also can be portraits to be had…

Photography for Business

Business photography is one of the most exciting areas of my working day. The heart of any business is its people. For Martin Shields Photography it’s about finding out what makes a person who they are, how they shape their business and how their business shapes them. Whether it’s a factory, a blue chip company or a one-person operation I focus all my attention on how I can…

Martin Shields

The Story So Far I have been working in the media business since 1988 after leaving The Glasgow College of Building & Printing where I studied photography for six years… yes, I did enjoy the college experience. After a short stint freelancing I started as a staff photographer with the Evening Times on April Fools’ Day on 1991. I think they were telling me something. These days I work for…

Blogs of Times Past

July 2020 A Sight For Sore EyesOur holidays like everyone else’s were cancelled this year. We have a week in Tiree every year so we were sad not to go. At the start of lockdown we were told not to cancel but to postpone accommodation to help out the hotel trade. We go every year so we were already booked for the next few…

March 2021

Nicola Benedetti with the RSNO at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall What an amazing trip out for my new silent Canon R5 camera this month. I had to be as quiet as a mouse to photograph award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti as she performed Polish master Karol Szymanowski’s dazzling First Violin Concerto, part of the new RSNO Digital Season, which starts streaming from Friday 16th of …

February 2021

Super Soaps With all the hand washing over the last year because of Coronavirus my hands have never been so clean.  My selection and choice of soaps has never been as varied. When The Herald business department asked me to visit to take a picture for The Herald’s Entrepreneur campaign of a soap maker I was delighted. Especially when they have a soap called…

January 2021

Happy New Year & A New Dawn With the Covid lockdown still in force my annual trip out in a speedboat to photograph the Loch Lomond Water Ski Club fancy dress charity water ski had been cancelled. For the last seven of eight years I have been speeding over the waves of Loch Lomond with a Santa, Captain America, a kilted highlander or table…

December 2020

Feeling A Bit Like Christmas Christmas pantomime is one of the many things that this awful pandemic has brought to a halt. It is also one of my favourite assignments of the festive season. The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow decided to film this year’s show, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, with the cast in a bubble for the all the rehearsals. The show was…

November 2020

Big Is Better I love scale and everything being big. I remember discussions in college about how ‘big is better’. A picture used bigger in a newspaper always has more impact. I remember hearing a story about a picture that was presented to an editor who didn’t like it and wanted something with more punch. The picture editor went away and printed the same…

October 2020

A Look at The Sea I really enjoy my trips on a Cal Mac Ferry. My regular journey is on The Clansman from Oban going to Coll & Tiree. I jumped at the chance for a trip to Weymes Bay to meet some of their lovely staff. I never get the chance to talk to staff members much, as our Oban journey starts at…