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The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 57 of 67

Editing to the Content


The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 57 of 67

Editing to the Content


Lesson Info

Editing to the Content

you want to edit to the content. Ah, and so you have a script. You have these story ideas. You have all these pieces that you brought together. Um, and you have to be open to seeing what your content is. And so a lot of the story when you're out there happens as the cinematographer happens as the motion capture, and it's same thing with still photography. You're capturing that story. And so I try to anthropomorphize the characters. Your characters are most likely, of course, animals. Um, and I'm gonna tinta the analogy of the sea cucumber, which is a fun one. But the way you have to do that is you have to think about your subject matter as people as we would, cause that's what we're gonna most relate to. That's what the viewers gonna most relate to. And so somebody was telling me about I forget there was a scene in a movie somewhere, and this director had this kooky view of like, Okay, how do you make a sea cucumber? Interesting. And his filmmakers and photographers, we have to make th...

e most mundane things seem interesting. So how do you make the life of a sea cucumber interesting. And when he described it to me, a light bulb went off in my head. I'm like I will never shoot wildlife films or nature films the same again, he said. The idea was, the guy goes out and he pictures the sea cucumbers, a really old man wandering into a really big nightclub in New York City and the sea cucumber, using filming techniques, is looking around crawling around along the bottom of the ocean, and it kind of looks up this way. And Conner looks up this way, using, you know, playing it back faster because they move kind of slow. So he records it in a way where they sea cucumber moves, and every time he looks up, he's playing at high speed motion. All the little things in life that's going around him in the ocean. Little shrimp goes by plays with music. You do dune in a Yukon comers looking around. It feels completely out of a place in a world that's moving seemingly so fast around him. What a great way to tell that story. What a great way to feel like you understand, with the slough lumbering life of issue. Comer is really all like So it's the same thing when I say anthropomorphize your characters. I talked about the lone bird, you know. Is it the same bird all the time could happen in the story and the Edit bay. You know, if you have one bird that you always Fillmore, you always film burns when their solo, but the rest of the time they're all coupled up and having their babies. But you keep talking about that one bird wandering around on the island, Jonah find is may never actually finds it. It's relatable. It's that struggle. It's that that need for relationships you're able to build on. So anthropomorphizing your content. I think thinking of it that way anyway. Well, really define a lot of the process and help you, um, think about how to shoot your story, whether you're being a cinematographer, script writer or whether you want to do the entire project all on your own. Um, you know, and I'll tell you mean ultimately, you know, I had a writer who helped to a Polish and edit and copyright and so on and things like that. But ultimately all the ideas were born out of what were captured on the island. And I want to show you this. This is these next 12 cards are the entire film. Um, the entire film is shot here on these 12 cards and these air shot by shot. Each frame here represents a new cut, and this will give you an idea, ultimately, of how much there was. And so this is how you can tell the story. You could start to get a sense of the flow, right, And then you can look at it and it matches up against the stories is a great way to check story. It's a great way to check scenes. Great way to make sure didn't duplicate your shots because they all start to look and feel the same. I can tell you it's a lot more difficult than you think. Um, but this is what it all looks like. These are all the shots that were captured, and it just goes and goes, Goes and you could, but you get to feel the rhythm, right? Get to see where the historic section is. Comes back. How it's interwoven. There's a big step here. We enter what and talk about how the strategy here it was strategic back in the 19 forties. It's still strategic today, toe wildlife that needed. But those wildlife are threatened, just like it was threatened 75 years ago today, interweaving the story throughout. Right building in the veterans. What goes into this structures? Here's the birds. Here's the dance. All right, here they are. I'm not gonna do it again. You have to watch. So I just want to show you this because it gives you a real sense of the scope and scale of what it is. I mean, when you see it like this, it's almost not even. I mean, there's a lot of great shots and cool things is the dolphin scene. They're their own character. Here's the monk seal scene, right? It's its own character. And then here's the wrap up the Ending Credit Credit Credit Credit Credit Scroll. That's the whole film, and shots don't look like much. 40 minutes

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.