Studio Photography

I cover many assignments but often I can find myself in a studio situation. A studio can be a huge space the size of a tennis court or a living room with a plain backdrop. It is the lighting and the background that are important. I use the high resolution Canon R5 with 50 MB file sizes and Pixapro studio flash.

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…

December 2022

Winter Wonderland The cold snap during the middle of December made for some truly magical views. The trees were thick with frost and with the – 9 degree cold and mist it gave the landscape a surreal look. I had a lovely walk around Loch Ardinning on the edge of Mugdock County Park. One of the comments on Instagram said “the trees looked like…

November 2022

Anyone For Tennis Everyone that knows me knows I am a real tennis fan and try to play a few times a week. I have photographed the lovely Judy Murray more than a few times and I am always up for listening to her coaching in case I pick up any tips. I was delighted to be asked by charity Mary’s Meals to cover…

October 2022

Mary Queen of Scots Mary Queen of Scots is definitely one of the most talked about figures from Scottish History. I met the Director of Artemis Scotland, Jackie Lee, who was dressed as  Mary Queen of Scots in the Huntarian Art Gallery for the latest exhibition The Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots from 14th October 2022 to the 5th February 2023. This new exhibition explores the…

September 2022

Hello Halloween I love halloween, not the scary movie part but the dooking for apples, getting dressed up and pumpkins. Every year I look forward to a trip to Arnprior Farm, Scotland’s premier pumpkin patch. All geared up for  Halloween 2022 they had a new a one of a kind new addition. As well as the usual bumper crop of over 15,000 pumpkins, this…

August 2022

Singin’ in the Rain Even When the Sun is Out I had a lovely afternoon with the cast of  Singin’ in the Rain as they made a splash at Doulton Fountain in Glasgow Green leading up to their performance at the Kings Theatre. A favourite in musical theatre, the show came to Glasgow for a week’s run. The colours in the costumes were magnificent…