What's Been Keeping Me Busy

I've noticed it's been (ah em) a while since I've written on this blog.  I've been keep very busy staying on top of my craft, learning new ways to design and produce motion graphics as well as cinematography and photography.  My work at HKS, INC. has been challenging and rewarding but always reminds me that as a visual artist growth potential can be and should be constant.  

I once identified as a photographer, a photographer separated from my other artistic aspirations.  What I have now confirmed as a more seasoned visual artist is that with the evolution of photography the time I spent acting, creating music, studying design, and my intense love of film and cinematography have proved very very useful, even essential in todays professional visual landscape.  I will be writing more about my experiences.  Hope everyone is off to a great 2016.

Side by Side

This is a great documentary from Keanu Reeves (yes you read that correctly) about the film industry and the switch over to digital media after over 100 years of shooting movies on film.  I had a huge love of film and the darkroom, I was somewhat sad (understatement) when I had to switch over from film to digital  (even though I shoot a roll or two of TMAX or TRI-X every now and then.  In a way film held me back, I always wanted to record motion and experiment in film but the time and costs were just out of my range for a very long time.  No matte which way you lean. Great movie with interviews with some of the greatest storytellers of our time.

The Dark Knight Rises

I'm a huge fan of the movie going experience in general.  In particular I have absolutley loved the Batman franchise, beginning with the first two movies Tim Burton directed  in the 80's  and 90's and the revived Nolan trilogy.  I don't often comment on world events but I regard films as the height of artistic expression.  I find it to be the perfect medium for storytelling and I'm really sickened by the events that happened nearly a week ago.  My heart goes out to all those affected by the tradgedy.  

A Word About Creative Work From Ira Glass

Actually a few.  Especially if you're young in a creative career you can benifit from just reading this quote from Ira Glass. Enjoy:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” 
― Ira Glass

A.M. Review

This is what my screen looks like the night of a shoot and then usually the morning after (provided it is a late shoot).  My first step in collecting my shots from the night before and making selects and planning my comps I will create.

Been a While

Hi all, 

Indeed.  It's been a while.  Just wanted to write and say hi to all who have been visiting my site.  I've been quite busy and layed off the blog for the end of 2011 which ended up lasting well into 2012.  I'm back and you can expect to see frequent updates with images from my life as well as news in the world of photography, film, music and occasionally even fitness via lorihshields.com!  For now I leave you with a very inspiring photographer Gregory Crewdson:


This week Canon announced the EOS-1D X professional DSLR expected to be about $6800 retail, which is a bit cheaper than their current 1 series professional DSLR body price now.  

I will not go into the specifics, there is a great overview over at dpreview.com but it is an interesting camera. Canon has taken a bit of a step back in terms of mega pixels but some leaps forward when looking at fps and video capabilities.  I'll be very interested in what they are launching (as well as RED) November 3rd.

Exciting times for Photography and Film

Anyone who has been paying any attention to the world of film and photography can't help but be excited.  Right now filmakers have an amazing level of quality they can bring to their production at prices that simply werer not availiable just a few years ago.  As I look to the world of film I'm very excited about the future and the possibilities for me.  I've always really liked fillm but have always been very dissapointed in the quality of 'video cameras' or camcorders.  Now with the oppurtunity to try story telling with film with the same quality I demand from phtoography it's a whole new world.

The Canon 5d mk ii turned everything upside down when it came to quality video. To think that a $2500 body could produce a broadcast teivision show like "House" is amazing.  I think it is about to happen all over again.

Both Canon and Red have announcements on Novemer 3rd, Canon's announcement will be in Hollywood so that should give you an indicator of what 's coming.  I have no idea if it's a Canon 5d mk iii or a new video camera with a larger sensor but whatever it is I'm sure it will be oustanding.  DP, Filmaker and director Philip Bloom outlines it well here.  Enjoy!


Very happy to have a new site up at www.darylshields.com.  The blog location has been changed to blog.darylshields.com. I will be posting my latest work and announcements in the coming days and weeks.  I also plan to add new networking features as well as a gear section and websites I follow.  Enjoy and thanks for visiting!