ABOUT TIM SHIELDS
Tim Shields is an award-winning landscape photographer and eCommerce coach. He is the founder of Photography Academy and LaptopLife, the author of The Photo Cookbook, and the creator of the Photography Transformation Four-Step System. He specializes in outdoor landscape photography and he holds the designation of Master Photographer in Fine Art from Master Photographers International.
Tim's interest in photography began when he was 13 years old. He was riding his bike on Broadway Street in the City of Vancouver when he stopped in front of the camera store, Lens & Shutter. This store had used cameras on display and Tim spotted a Minolta camera through the window, and he instantly wanted to buy it. The camera cost more than he could afford, so he saved for months from the money he earned part-
time delivering pharmacy prescriptions on his bike. When he had enough saved, he bought the camera and ultimately took thousands of photos with it over his
lifetime. After buying the camera, he created a darkroom in his parent's basement where he developed black and white film. He keeps this camera on his desk to this day as a reminder of where he came from.
Photography was a hobby for Tim through his adult years. In fact, he describes it as a love-hate relationship. There were times when he loved it, and other times when it caused him untold frustration and stress because he couldn't figure out how to take the same gorgeous photos he saw others taking online.
In 2009, Tim began getting serious about landscape photography and combined family summer holidays with landscape photography trips to national parks and other famous photo destinations. After returning from a trip to the Grand Canyon, he stopped at a gallery owned by world-famous landscape photographer Peter Lik. When Tim saw the incredible wide-format prints in Lik's gallery, he saw what was possible and vowed to learn how to take magazine-quality photos.
For the next five years, Tim conducted extensive research and field trials to find a new way to take gorgeous photos. It was then that he discovered and created the Photography Transformation Four-Step System.
Landscape photography has taken Tim to faraway locations around the world in pursuit of the perfect lighting at carefully chosen locations such as the desolate sand dunes of the Middle East, the baking rock of Death Valley, remote rice fields of China, the mystical pyramids of Egypt, and soaring rocky peaks in the Yukon. Tim's philosophy is that the more remote the destination, the better the experience will be.
After winning the prestigious award of International Nature Photographer of the Year, Tim began teaching other photographers how to take their own stunning photos using his four-step system. He launched TimsPhotos.com in 2018 which grew into PhotographyAcademy.com the following year. Photography Academy products and tools have been downloaded by over 280,000 photographers worldwide. These products include Lightroom presets, books, courses, a masterclass and a coaching program.
If you want to learn the simple and easy-to-learn four-step framework that Tim created, click here and watch the free webclass. Over 5,200 photographers (as of Dec. 2020) have purchased the Photography Transformation Masterclass which is the foundation of Tim's four-step framework.
Aside from photography, Tim is a successful online marketer and teaches people how to start online businesses by selling what they know. He loves the outdoors and believes that landscape photography can actually help to enhance your life through travel, adventure, creativity, planning for the future, and looking for the light...in everything. He is married to Lea Shields and they have two adult children in their twenties. They live in White Rock, BC, Canada.
You can watch Tim's videos on Youtube here.
You can see Tim's photos on Instagram here.
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Tim Shields wife, Lea, stands with Tim at their favorite place in the Rocky Mountains - Moraine Lake.