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The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 15 of 67



The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 15 of 67



Lesson Info


create a checklist. Have it. Do you know your sunrise and sunset? Your phone might not work. I can tell you. How many times have you been out where you're like? I forget the time sunset is You gotta look at your phone and hasn't a signal. Doesn't load. You don't try and keep that in your head and you could probably guess, right? But you might not remember special. If you travel a lot, you might not know exactly where you are. Changes a lot in the region. Knowing your weather makes your vehicles gas. Setting an alarm. Leave extra time. Make sure you get your hard drives or memory card. Your batteries gear all packed ago. Um, and then also just tweaking your basic outdoor camera setting. So these are all the important things I think in creating your checklist. Um, summarize. You know, your actions affect everybody around. You don't forget, this job has paperwork, so we're gonna spend a lot of this class out in the field of North Cascades. We spent a lot of time in the field. That's what ...

it's about. You want to be out in nature. There's still a paperwork side to this. Make sure you do it if you want to monetize it, even if you don't. There's a little paperwork, the still little research. But it's fun, you know, that's the planning. Part of the trip is, in my mind, is a lot of fun. It's like, Wow, this is where we're going to go So we get to see and I really like that stuff. So make sure you have this checklist and, uh, make sure you stay safe, of course, and prepare for your journey. But any questions about my process for just preparing, getting out there? Um, and we have a location scouting, uh, part of this boot camp. One of the lessons is all about location scouting, and so it takes a lot of this prep and actually brings it out into the field. And that's that's a really huge part of it. Every locations different. I mean, I could teach the location scouting 25 times, and each one would be different. What am I looking for? Where am I going? Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. So it's one of those things. You just really want to pay attention to as much as possible and channel. But any questions? Yes, over here. I was putting a show together earlier this month, and some of my photos were do attacked and some of them weren't. And do you use that for every single photo? Because there are places where you're just stopping off by the side of the road and no idea where I waas. Yeah, good question. Geo tagging Using the GPS function. You know, that's that's something I actually do, uh, recommend if batteries air not an issue. So you know my camera will burn. So what happens is the camera will check in with the GPS, even when it's often so we'll use that battery. So geo tagging is one of the things you want to be careful about. Um, you know, it's great. A lot of times I keep saying I use like my IPhone a lot like the qualities Never. I shouldn't say Number that's actually loaded statement. Um, the quality is great, but it's even easier because it's quick to just shoot and you can tag the locations and it keeps track of them. So I really find using that to remember where I am is part of my location scouting process. is really helpful. Um, I don't do it as much in camera just because typically don't carry a bunch of stuff A batteries, not extra weight. So it is helpful toe have it. One thing that's important, and I go into a lot of detail in talking about selling your images. But a lot of magazines will want very specific information. How far off the trail or what part of the trail, or how many miles in or whatever. So if you have latitude and longitude, it may actually open up more opportunities for sales because you can say precisely where you were, and then you have the backup to prove it.

Class Description

Great outdoor photography starts with a love of adventure and exploration. Learn to maximize your skills and optimize your potential with this complete guide to capturing photos and video in the great outdoors. Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Ian Shive will go in-depth on how to create a story through stills and motion in any environment.

Throughout these lessons, Ian will cover scouting and planning, capturing photo and video, and understanding how to get an audience for your final project
Ian will cover:

  • Permit needs and location scouting essentials
  • Gear basics & prep
  • Introduction to using drones
  • Fundamentals of moving from still photography to capturing video
  • How to capture landscapes 
  • Composition and lighting techniques
  • How to handle low-light situations
  • How to capture for stock photography and video
  • Getting your work seen in print and publications
  • And more!

For four weeks, Ian will be your outdoor guide to capturing the beauty and greatness in nature. If you have a love for nature or adventure, join this class to learn how to turn your passion and social media posts into profit or exposure. 


  1. Bootcamp Introduction
  2. Storytelling with Stills and Motion Overview
  3. Elements of a Well-told Story
  4. Storytelling in Motion
  5. Choosing the Best Gear for Your Outdoor Project
  6. Gear for Drones
  7. Gear for Motion
  8. Inside Ian's Gear Bag
  9. General Advice for Preparation
  10. Virtual Scouting
  11. Weather
  12. Permits and Permission
  13. Model and Property Releases
  14. Health and Fitness
  15. Checklist
  16. Location Scouting Overview
  17. Location Scouting in the North Cascades
  18. Drone Introduction
  19. Drone Safety
  20. What Kind of Drone Should I Buy?
  21. FAA Part 107 Test: How to Prepare
  22. Telling a Story With a Drone
  23. Drone Camera, Lenses and Movements
  24. Selling Drone Footage
  25. Why Does a Photographer Need Motion?
  26. Establish the End User
  27. Identify Your Audience
  28. Build a Production Plan
  29. Create the Story Structure
  30. The Shooting Script
  31. Production Quality
  32. Composition for Stills
  33. Composition for Stills: Landscape
  34. Composition for Stills: Telephoto Lens
  35. Composition for Stills: Macro Lens
  36. Techniques for Capturing Motion in the Field
  37. Lenses and Filters for Outdoor Photography
  38. Capturing Landscapes - Part 1
  39. Capturing Landscapes - Part 2
  40. Capturing Movement in Stills
  41. Shooting Water, Sky and Panorama
  42. Understanding Stock
  43. Editorial vs Commerical
  44. Pricing Stock
  45. Producing Stock
  46. Shooting for Social Media vs Stock
  47. Choosing an Agency
  48. Assignments and Capturing Stock
  49. Stock Photography Market
  50. Create A Style Guide
  51. Stock Shoot Analysis
  52. Workflow for Selecting Final Stills
  53. Initial Editing in Adobe Bridge
  54. Reviewing and Selecting Motion Footage
  55. Keeping Track of Your Story Ideas
  56. Script and Story Structure Evolution
  57. Editing to the Content
  58. Music as a Character
  59. Business Diversification
  60. Business Strategy
  61. Pillars of Revenue
  62. Branding
  63. Partnerships and Brand Strategy
  64. Galleries and Fine Art
  65. Budgeting
  66. The Future of Photography
  67. Q&A And Critique



Ian was an amazing instructor.; very fun, enthusiastic, encouraging, and comprehensive. I hope to be able to return as an audience member for another of his classes. It is a privilege and a gift to have access via Creative Live to such a wealth of expertise. Thank you!

Cindee Still

Ian Shive is a dynamic speaker with a wealth of knowledge he is willing to share. He has had a magical path that led to his success. He touches on so many aspects of making, selling and creating images as well as how to market them and make an income from your work. It is so much fun to be part of the studio audience. The Creative Live staff are always so warm and friendly and they feed you like your on a cruise ship! Wonderful experience.


What a great class this has been. Thank you Ian Shive and Creative Live! Recently retired, I have set out to learn everything I can about photography and pursue this passion to capture the beauty in the outdoors. Creative Live has served as an amazing educational platform to help me learn everything from how to use my camera, the fundamental technicals, and learn about software and tools. This class brought it all together. At the end of this class my approach to photography and my images are different. Ian shares so much valuable knowledge that will change the way you go about taking a picture; from scouting a location, to thinking through the story and adding elements to an image to evoke an emotional response. My personal growth has been significant and I have changed to the way I approach creating an image from an Outdoor Landscape to an Outdoor Experience. Loved every minute of it, sad the class is over.