The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion


Lesson Info

Pricing Stock

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. 


Bootcamp Introduction
Storytelling with Stills and Motion Overview
Elements of a Well-told Story
Storytelling in Motion
Choosing the Best Gear for Your Outdoor Project
Gear for Drones
Gear for Motion
Inside Ian's Gear Bag
General Advice for Preparation
Virtual Scouting
Permits and Permission
Model and Property Releases
Health and Fitness
Location Scouting Overview
Location Scouting in the North Cascades
Drone Introduction
Drone Safety
What Kind of Drone Should I Buy?
FAA Part 107 Test: How to Prepare
Telling a Story With a Drone
Drone Camera, Lenses and Movements
Selling Drone Footage
Why Does a Photographer Need Motion?
Establish the End User
Identify Your Audience
Build a Production Plan
Create the Story Structure
The Shooting Script
Production Quality
Composition for Stills
Composition for Stills: Landscape
Composition for Stills: Telephoto Lens
Composition for Stills: Macro Lens
Techniques for Capturing Motion in the Field
Lenses and Filters for Outdoor Photography
Capturing Landscapes - Part 1
Capturing Landscapes - Part 2
Capturing Movement in Stills
Shooting Water, Sky and Panorama
Understanding Stock
Editorial vs Commerical
Pricing Stock
Producing Stock
Shooting for Social Media vs Stock
Choosing an Agency
Assignments and Capturing Stock
Stock Photography Market
Create A Style Guide
Stock Shoot Analysis
Workflow for Selecting Final Stills
Initial Editing in Adobe Bridge
Reviewing and Selecting Motion Footage
Keeping Track of Your Story Ideas
Script and Story Structure Evolution
Editing to the Content
Music as a Character
Business Diversification
Business Strategy
Pillars of Revenue
Partnerships and Brand Strategy
Galleries and Fine Art
The Future of Photography
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!
  • 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.