It feels like it was been years since I last put up an interview or check-out about someone that I did myself. Luckily enough I’m coming out of my lazy spell and the skate photography scene seems to have discovered Europeskate as a place on the web to go to and find some great skate shots and hook up with good photographers. Chris Shields sent in a few pictures which I thought were great an there is no easier way to get an interview set up. Find out more about Chris right here…
Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself (age, what you do in life, where you live)
My name is Chris Shields, I’m 20 and from Michigan. I run a small photography business / web design business from my home, I’ve been into design for almost 6 years now and everything sorta came about after that.
How did you get into photography, especially skateboard photography?
My friend Mikey little from Miami that I’ve known for years (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikelittlephotography) , would talk for hours with me over it, I filmed before I shot photos almost 3 years ago now, It’s a hobby and passion of mine. I just wanted to do something different that would challenge me and open my mind to new things, you can only do so much with filming and honestly why not? I guess I don’t really see much of a point to someone that strictly just films, or just shoots photos, Why not learn it all? And I don’t think there are many people today in skateboarding media that do EVERYTHING. You only really see one good filmer that can’t edit, Or one good photographer that shoot’s film but hardly does it. I’ve always pushed myself into learning everything media wise. Motion graphics, web-design, editing,filming, photography. I don’t think there are to many people today that have the whole package and can do it all. I don’t mean to talk myself up but I put my heart into all my work. I think I deserve it.
Tyler Franz – Crailslide in a deep bowl
What type of equipment do you use for your photos? (outside shots, night shots, indoor shots)
d1x, d60 with 3 sb600’s and pocket wizards. I’m much more for natural light though any day.
What other type of photography do you like to do? Are there any specific scenes/themes you like to capture on film?
I’ve always had a passion for portraits. But photography in general is what I strive for. I never understood why people just strict them selfs on one type of medium dealing with photo’s like strictly just taking skate photos, or portraits, or wedding photography, Why not teach yourself everything? I’m 100 percent self taught and learned everything from the internet. I’m studying marketing / business. It’s all based on selling yourself and your work. I’m not by any means talking myself up or hating on people that do go to art school, But that just has never really interested me.
If you could get any new equipment for free, what would you love to have?
I’d love to shoot medium format film if I had the extra cash, There’s something about 6×6 and film and the look all around that you can’t get anywhere else that just all around looks amazing. It’s perfection.
Jay Sholes – backside smith grind – Mount Pleasant, Michigan
What is your opinion on post-processing, especially enhancing specific parts of shots?
I’m all for it in a sense, Evolving and growing is what it’s all about. But there are different genres of photography just like there would be music, I hate when someone is so closed minded. Like digital and shooting a wedding or fashion photography go hand in hand. But if I could make it anyway I’d love to see everyone who shoots skate photography to be shooting film. It pushes the standards. But money and time and all that can get in the way so I can see where people are coming from. Do whatever fits you best.
What are you currently working on and do you have any projects planned?
I have a new website up that I designed all in flash (http://www.cshieldsphoto.com) Mainly just finding work and keeping busy.
Where do you see yourself in life in 10 years time? Any last words?
Hopefully the same exact thing but traveling and being happy. Thank you for your time!
Chris is a young guy with a lot of potential. Check out his website and I really hope to see many more shots from him in the future. Thanks for bearing with me Chris and my summer lazy spell! As an extra goodie here’s a demo reel of skate footage all edited / filmed by Chris himself – Chris, we want more of your videos as well, it’s rad!