Would you mind introducing yourself? My name is Oliver Shields. I just recently moved to Raleigh, North Carolina from California. I would describe my style of photography as being a mixture of lifestyle and adventure. I don't really have a set style that I go after, I mostly just take pictures of things that inspire me.
Oliver’s Instagram - @fineite
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? The first time I ever really took pictures was on a winter backpacking trip around Crater Lake in Oregon. I had been wanting to buy a film camera for a while and invested in one to be able to take pictures on the trip. I shot five rolls of film over the four days around the lake and loved the way they turned out. It felt like I was able to materialize my memories of the trip into something physical.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Honestly, that's kind of a hard question to answer. All of the pictures I've taken remind me of the time I was in while taking the photo. So looking at my pictures is pretty nostalgic for me. I wouldn't say I have a favourite, but that I enjoy looking back on whatever adventure or season I was in at the time.
What inspires your photography? It varies a lot honestly but it's usually simple things I see, like the way the sun reflects off of glass into a room, or someone going about some mundane thing not realizing they look beautiful while doing it.
What kind of camera do you use? I shoot film with a Canon AE-1 and shoot digital with a Sony a7ii.
What's your editing process like? My editing process generally looks like going to a local coffee shop, grabbing a coffee or a beer and listening to music. I'll usually spend three or four hours of editing pictures in large batches so that I have a lot of edits to be able to post.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Absolutely. I'd tell people to just carry their camera with them and take pictures of whatever inspires them. Don't get worried over taking an incredibly well lined up shot with perfect lighting, just take as many pictures as you can and look for different angles to take pictures of your subject.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Alex Strohl is hands down my favourite photographer. He does an incredible job of keeping photography authentic and harmonious. He edits his pictures naturally and lines up his pictures so that you marvel the actual shot rather than the editing and effects.
Are there any photographers/models here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? There are a lot of people I'm surprised don't have more followers. One of them in particular is @kaylee_dueck (See below). She's a model in a lot of my pictures and has an incredible knack for it, she makes it easy to take good shots. Another is @elijahkay_. He does more video work than photography, but all of the stuff he does is incredibly cinematic and pretty.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Iceland. Even after spending two weeks there, I want to go back and explore the island way more. The beauty of it is awe striking no matter where you are. And each season it looks completely different.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I prefer fall, winter, and spring over summer for sure. The shot's just have a different feel and atmosphere you can't get in summer. Plus the gear and clothes you can wear in cold weather are really good for taking pictures.
The coolest place you've ever been? Iceland, hands down. It's like being in a dream, or lost in a faen realm. Just being there feels remote and strange, it's an incredible place.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I'll be in Redding, California in early November, but everything else is happening next year.
Anything extra you would like to share? I'd just like to thank you for the interview, I really appreciate it. I also really enjoy your Instagram page, it's enjoyable seeing all of the different styles and eyes for things.
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