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The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 6 of 67

Gear for Drones


The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 6 of 67

Gear for Drones


Lesson Info

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. 


  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.