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The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

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Gear for Drones

Ian Shive

The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Ian Shive

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6. Gear for Drones


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1 Bootcamp Introduction Duration:06:35
4 Storytelling in Motion Duration:34:19
6 Gear for Drones Duration:02:53
7 Gear for Motion Duration:05:23
8 Inside Ian's Gear Bag Duration:20:07
10 Virtual Scouting Duration:03:54
11 Weather Duration:10:17
12 Permits and Permission Duration:03:09
13 Model and Property Releases Duration:04:43
14 Health and Fitness Duration:03:04
15 Checklist Duration:03:20
16 Location Scouting Overview Duration:15:18
18 Drone Introduction Duration:14:59
19 Drone Safety Duration:03:26
22 Telling a Story With a Drone Duration:06:15
24 Selling Drone Footage Duration:02:39
26 Establish the End User Duration:06:35
27 Identify Your Audience Duration:03:12
28 Build a Production Plan Duration:05:28
29 Create the Story Structure Duration:04:26
30 The Shooting Script Duration:07:08
31 Production Quality Duration:08:37
32 Composition for Stills Duration:08:04
38 Capturing Landscapes - Part 1 Duration:28:12
39 Capturing Landscapes - Part 2 Duration:23:36
40 Capturing Movement in Stills Duration:32:17
42 Understanding Stock Duration:20:45
43 Editorial vs Commerical Duration:03:57
44 Pricing Stock Duration:05:40
45 Producing Stock Duration:14:49
47 Choosing an Agency Duration:08:58
49 Stock Photography Market Duration:05:28
50 Create A Style Guide Duration:05:30
51 Stock Shoot Analysis Duration:21:29
57 Editing to the Content Duration:05:00
58 Music as a Character Duration:05:41
59 Business Diversification Duration:07:07
60 Business Strategy Duration:04:57
61 Pillars of Revenue Duration:17:09
62 Branding Duration:06:36
64 Galleries and Fine Art Duration:03:11
65 Budgeting Duration:05:21
66 The Future of Photography Duration:26:12
67 Q&A And Critique Duration:1:09:39

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Gear for Drones

year for drones. You know, we talked a little about drones. Sky truly is the limit. There is so much extra stuff these days you can bring. But I recommend bringing extra of everything because unlike your camera, which you might drop it or you might break a lens is a very good chance you're gonna crash or something's gonna fly into it. Or any number of things that can go wrong. So I bring extra propellers. I have used them. I've had things where, you know, you just don't know. They just break sometimes because they hit at the wrong angle. Um, you know, we were filming out on open water. We landed on the front of a boat and the boat hit a wave just at the wrong time. Nothing. Potash. Catastrophic drone just tipped over, but the blade was still going, and it just snapped. Okay, fine. Put on another blade. So you want. Make sure you bring extra propellers blades for the top. I usually bring two sets of everything to a full sets of extra batteries. Charging one while another round is going.

Um, you know, peripheral replacement pieces like the gyroscope, the little rubber things, all that other stuff. Lifetimes that come with the drone. But you. If you don't have anything that's removable or breakable or dangles, you probably want to have a backup of, um, with the exception of the lens, because of cost IPhone wires, a lot of the drones, the D. G I drones that I use all connect to your IPhone or IPad via the normal USB to ah Teoh to device cable, that white one. Those things do break and they fray on the end is I'm sure everyone knows Bring one or two of those extra. I bring one, at least dedicated the drone and then one more offer my phone or even one more after that. So, um, having extras of those is good. I was always mentioned. Download an update. The APP gear includes the technology and the app pieces. Lens cleaners, of course. And then you might want a backpack. So if you're drones in a big pelican case and you're not gonna walk into the woods with that or walk across an island or whatever with that to your destination, where you gonna go so you might want a backpack just for the drone. When I'm using the drone and I have a backpack, I don't do anything else. I have drone days or drone hours or whatever it is I'm doing, and then I have still is in motion periods. But I never really. I rarely do both at the same time unless I'm working out of a very fixed location, and I can bring all of my stuff very comfortably and have it out there. The downside of having too much gear in one place is it's easy to get distracted. I find it takes away from the creativity and it opens up a lot of room for mistakes. And so I lost my camera because I was shooting stills, motion and a drone, and I was going between the three of them at that time, and I forgot that I had set my camera down, packed on my gear. I had set it down, and then that was the end of it. I got eaten by the ocean, Um, so you just want to be really careful about that and Ah, and you know, accidents happen. But, you know, that's what you can do

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. 



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.