About Ryan / Shotison

Shotison Media was founded by Ryan Whitwell towards the end of 2015. Beginning as a simple hobby based around shooting live bands, Ryan gradually added crafted photoshoots, advancements in editing and written reviews to his skillset.

Ryan’s aim has always been to promote the rock, metal and other alternative communities through words and images as the subcultures continue to grow. By working with bands and artists to create visual media to increase engagement with their fans, Ryan has helped many musicians and models add to their visual marketing options with professional and compelling imagery.

This clarity of vision has allowed Ryan and Shotison to build a reasonable following, with alternative artists, models and musicians choosing Shotison Media for various photographic materials due to Ryan’s reputation for having a good work ethic, a positive attitude and a clear enthusiasm for photography and music.

Shotison Media is the official photographer for London’s Bloodstock Metal 2 the Masses competition and has had work appear in Devolution Magazine, Heatwave Magazine, Metal-Rules.com, TheIndependentVoice.org and Moshville.com, as well as various band merchandise and promotional material.


"Amazing photographer, dedicated to the live music scene with an enormous passion which shows in every photograph. Keep up the awesome work Ryan!"

Allan (Purple Kong)

"Took some absolutely wonderful pictures of our band Nuffin’ last March at the Dublin Castle."

Chris (Nuffin)

Was a little bit busy last week after being involved with shooting and editing Satlan’s music video for (In)Sanity. I say “being involved”, it was just me shooting and editing so a fair bit of effort, but I had a lot of fun making it.
Here’s the final product! Also, like and subscribe to my Youtube channel as I intend to upload more stuff there!

Been a long time since I have undertaken any kind of video project, especially one that required a lot of editing like this one. It’s a frantic song, so required a few little tricks to enhance that feeling. One easy trick is to play the song back slower on playback whilst shooting, then speed the footage up to sync it with the song playing at regular speed. Every movement becomes a bit more exaggerated, which is what we wanted, and the skipped frames that would happen (as I shot at 25fps, and then exported at 25fps) made everything a bit more erratic.

Editing-wise I made a lot of cuts, and inserted some public domain footage that fit the mood of the song and lyrics. This was an idea I discussed with the band beforehand, so we had plenty of time to source footage before shooting. Then into After Effects to apply the film effects, zooms, and a few other effects to make the video a bit more intense and unpredictable.

Be sure to check out Satlan’s debut album, 'Panacea', digitally released on 31/05/2021

-Ryan Shotison


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