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The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 19 of 67

Drone Safety


The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 19 of 67

Drone Safety


Lesson Info

Drone Safety

few things, of course, when talking about drones is basic safety, your drone really is called an unmanned aircraft system, or US, Um, when you get accredited by the FAA, which, if you want to make money from your drone, is a commercial drone pilot or AH commercial. US. Pilots called your remote pilot's license for remote US license. There are two riel classifications. You know there's the hobby, um, and which is classified as a model aircraft or recreational on. And there are still some guidelines in criteria, of course, to be observed, whether you're making money off of it or not. And if you're taking photos and you're not selling them and you're not intending to sell them later and you don't sell them later, unlike certain permits that you may have another places, it is not retroactive. You definitely need to get permission in advance. But if you're just flying them just to get a perspective or do something interesting, I hear the real big in real estate as well, for seeing you know ...

the property, of course, because you get a real sense of the scale of a place, right? Same reason I wanted to use it midway. You need a commercial permit for, But if you're doing it for recreational enjoyment, first thing is start local right now. If your community has any safety God guidelines, there's the Academy of Model Aeronautics ritual. What you know about that general rule is in law. No flying hot, no higher than 400 feet. Not without getting special permission in advance. Certainly. But that is the rule 400 feet. You need able to see it at all times. Ah, highly recommend using a friend. It's something I started doing in my projects. Because you do Look down. You look up Too easy to lose it. All right. If I lose it in this room, Um, so you want to have somebody who keeps a set of eyes on it? Visual line of sight. Very important. Same for commercial pilots. Of course. You want to remain clear of all other manned aircraft operations, of course, and avoid obstacles. Don't fly over people, vehicles, crowds, things like that. Basically be safe. Use your common sense, you know, don't go flying up near telephone wires or other places where it could cause an issue. Safety is key, you know, they are within five miles of an airport. Chances are you're in an air space that's a protected airspace. So know where you live. Know what airports in the area. If you're not sure or you want to ask permission to fly, you can call air traffic control of the local tower, Believe it or not, actually is a lot more accessible and easier to get that information that you would think. Um, obviously, don't do anything to impair your ability to fly, operate safely, follow common decency for privacy. You know, observed that reasonable expectation of privacy. You know, in my neighborhood in Los Angeles every other day, a drone flies over my house. I see them flying over other people's houses. You know, it's Don't don't be a creep, right? Make sure privacy is observed, you know. And of course, just be common decency about it. Don't don't play games with these things. They are, you know, fast, four fast spinning blades, essentially. So you don't wanna mess around with that great resource? No, before you fly it out or guy like that, I've also got the app that I use on my phone to check. It's really handy because if it says you shouldn't fly in an area, you're within an airport. I'll just tell you right there based on where you are. So I really love the app Know before you fly. And then, of course, FAA dot gov is a great resource as well.

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.