The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Lesson 12/67 - Permits and Permission


The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion


Lesson Info

Permits and Permission

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. 


1Bootcamp Introduction 2Storytelling with Stills and Motion Overview 3Elements of a Well-told Story 4Storytelling in Motion 5Choosing the Best Gear for Your Outdoor Project 6Gear for Drones 7Gear for Motion 8Inside Ian's Gear Bag 9General Advice for Preparation 10Virtual Scouting 11Weather 12Permits and Permission 13Model and Property Releases 14Health and Fitness 15Checklist 16Location Scouting Overview 17Location Scouting in the North Cascades 18Drone Introduction 19Drone Safety 20What Kind of Drone Should I Buy? 21FAA Part 107 Test: How to Prepare 22Telling a Story With a Drone 23Drone Camera, Lenses and Movements 24Selling Drone Footage 25Why Does a Photographer Need Motion? 26Establish the End User 27Identify Your Audience 28Build a Production Plan 29Create the Story Structure 30The Shooting Script 31Production Quality 32Composition for Stills 33Composition for Stills: Landscape 34Composition for Stills: Telephoto Lens 35Composition for Stills: Macro Lens 36Techniques for Capturing Motion in the Field 37Lenses and Filters for Outdoor Photography 38Capturing Landscapes - Part 1 39Capturing Landscapes - Part 2 40Capturing Movement in Stills 41Shooting Water, Sky and Panorama 42Understanding Stock 43Editorial vs Commerical 44Pricing Stock 45Producing Stock 46Shooting for Social Media vs Stock 47Choosing an Agency 48Assignments and Capturing Stock 49Stock Photography Market 50Create A Style Guide 51Stock Shoot Analysis 52Workflow for Selecting Final Stills 53Initial Editing in Adobe Bridge 54Reviewing and Selecting Motion Footage 55Keeping Track of Your Story Ideas 56Script and Story Structure Evolution 57Editing to the Content 58Music as a Character 59Business Diversification 60Business Strategy 61Pillars of Revenue 62Branding 63Partnerships and Brand Strategy 64Galleries and Fine Art 65Budgeting 66The Future of Photography 67Q&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.