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The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 21 of 67

FAA Part 107 Test: How to Prepare


The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 21 of 67

FAA Part 107 Test: How to Prepare


Lesson Info

FAA Part 107 Test: How to Prepare

This is what it is called. Call the FAA part one of seven aeronautical knowledge test. It's a two hour, 60 question exam, and I will tell you you have to study. It is not easy. Um, I studied for about eight weeks for mine. You'll need to read this. This is weather. This is called the MIT Ours. It's basically the weather report and conditions based on ours. The visibility, etcetera. This is an aeronautical chart. You need to know what what everything on here is, and if you want to get a better look at it and it's it's not nearly as scary as you think. This is probably the easier part of the test. I actually created a drone guide for myself. I recommend you do that, and I have some recommendations on how to prepare for the exam. I created a cheat sheet, which my teaching is many pages long. It's ah, it's quite robust, and it is something you should do because it helps me with my process. If you read this, you wouldn't understand it. But I recommend writing down the key pieces like, what ...

are the different air spaces you need to know the difference between class A B C D E g right. You need to know all the different airspaces. How high can you fly? Can you fly in a military zone? Yeah, you can. Um it just depends. There's different rules, different classifications. And you have to really understand all of those things. How higher the towers, Where are you? Etcetera. So you need to learn latitude, longitude. You need to know the different access of control. Almost this entire written test is almost I think somebody said I'm not a full pilot, but I think some He said something like 75% of the actual pilots test. We're getting your private pilot license. I think the only difference is you don't actually have to learn how to fly the plane. Ironically, there's no flight test. You don't need to actually demo whether you can fly the drone. You know, it's funny, but, you know, the truth is, if you're willing to go to this length, you've probably spent some time already learning. I would hope how to fly it because there is a huge amount of responsibility that comes with this and this test will get to into that. But you need to eat No things like load factor. And you know, if you're banking on a turn and how fast you're going will determine whether the drone or aircraft will stay in the air. You know the landing patterns of planes at major airports like L. A X. You need to understand how that works. What? The airspace is classified at everything. It's very, very complicated. I mean, just looking at my list here, seeing the weather weathers huge weather is just a important for flying A drone is it isn't planning your photographer, you gotta know about do point. What does that mean? Where is it? Frees. What is the changing in temperature? Storm fronts all those kinds of things that shift upslope Adv Action Fog. What is it? Is it coming down the mountain? Is it going up the mountain? Is it going out to see your coming in from the sea? This is all part of drone flight test. So how do you prepare for it? Part one of seven exams. Study the guidelines on FAA safety dot gov I recommend starting there because it's relatively simple, but we'll give you a taste of this. And if you're like OK, I want to keep going. I really want to do this. You have a good understanding. You'll have a good groundwork to doing it. Um, so And it's also just an extra certification. So it's good to have, um, you have to do. You can't just go in and take the 60 question test. It's multiple choice. I can tell you now. You won't pass it if you're guessing, because it's not easy, even after eight weeks of studying on and I did very well on the test, but it was really complicated. I had to go through all 60 questions twice. You really, truly have to understand it, not just go in. And it's not like a like a, you know, a D M V test or something like that. The truly understand it, um, you have to actually taking a class. I used this one U A V ground school. Um, I know a lot of other professional photographers who have used the same. It was great. I passed the test after my first try, and, um, and they have rules on that, too, like you can't take it again. I think I forget, but I think it's at least 24 hours, and then there's, like a two week window after that or something like that. So I highly recommend this particular place. But you have to take an accredited class. You have to bring that certification in with you when you go to the FAA testing center, and then they make that part of the process of getting your actual pilot's license. It's pretty cool because you get a in actual F A. A sealed license and all that other stuff. Ultimately, um, study All the practice tests were really helpful. I took them repeatedly until I got consistent scores across the board. The questions are, the easy stuff is like learning the phonetic alphabet on. And you know, Charlie, don't tackle that kind of stuff. The hard stuff is really understanding the weather patterns and what they mean, what they are, where they're coming from. Knowing the different parts of an airplane, even though you're flying a drone got in other parts of an airplane, Um, so you need to understand stuff in a lot of it is because you may interact with those planes you need to know why a plane is landing at L. A X in a particular direction because you may be flying near there. Or maybe your drone loses control Union know where things are coming from. You need to be prepared. So that's a big part of why this is the way it is. Insurance is highly recommended. This is in my office as well. These are the cases. This is my my take care of my drone. So I have This really is my big one. Have a d g I inspire to Ah, shoot 5.2 Cable raw footage goes about 52 miles an hour ahead of multi. I think 4.5 mile radius a can go, I think to six under six. Forget how many thousands of feet think was at least 2000 feet. I know it was really high be. You know, you're limited to 400 feet by law without getting otherwise special special permission, but drones of a way of not coming back and mawr than likely your insurance will not cover that. There is a special drone insurance and some not cheap. Um, so you have to weigh what you want your protection level to be depending on where you are. It can run you a couple grand to ensure drone doesn't just ensure the drone. It insures the person or things that you may hit with it as well. Um, so hopefully that's not a problem, and you're being safe. But obviously protective gear protect you. Protect those around you.

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.