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Telling a Story With a Drone

Lesson 22 from: The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Photography & Motion

Ian Shive

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Lesson Info

22. Telling a Story With a Drone

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Bootcamp Introduction

06:35
2

Storytelling with Stills and Motion Overview

14:35
3

Elements of a Well-told Story

22:12
4

Storytelling in Motion

34:19
5

Choosing the Best Gear for Your Outdoor Project

16:24
6

Gear for Drones

02:53
7

Gear for Motion

05:23
8

Inside Ian's Gear Bag

20:07
9

General Advice for Preparation

14:19
10

Virtual Scouting

03:54
11

Weather

10:17
12

Permits and Permission

03:09
13

Model and Property Releases

04:43
14

Health and Fitness

03:04
15

Checklist

03:20
16

Location Scouting Overview

15:18
17

Location Scouting in the North Cascades

15:24
18

Drone Introduction

14:59
19

Drone Safety

03:26
20

What Kind of Drone Should I Buy?

02:58
21

FAA Part 107 Test: How to Prepare

06:18
22

Telling a Story With a Drone

06:15
23

Drone Camera, Lenses and Movements

04:34
24

Selling Drone Footage

02:39
25

Why Does a Photographer Need Motion?

10:59
26

Establish the End User

06:35
27

Identify Your Audience

03:12
28

Build a Production Plan

05:28
29

Create the Story Structure

04:26
30

The Shooting Script

07:08
31

Production Quality

08:37
32

Composition for Stills

08:04
33

Composition for Stills: Landscape

08:15
34

Composition for Stills: Telephoto Lens

14:48
35

Composition for Stills: Macro Lens

07:50
36

Techniques for Capturing Motion in the Field

25:15
37

Lenses and Filters for Outdoor Photography

26:20
38

Capturing Landscapes - Part 1

28:12
39

Capturing Landscapes - Part 2

23:36
40

Capturing Movement in Stills

32:17
41

Shooting Water, Sky and Panorama

29:40
42

Understanding Stock

20:45
43

Editorial vs Commerical

03:57
44

Pricing Stock

05:40
45

Producing Stock

14:49
46

Shooting for Social Media vs Stock

11:37
47

Choosing an Agency

08:58
48

Assignments and Capturing Stock

13:49
49

Stock Photography Market

05:28
50

Create A Style Guide

05:30
51

Stock Shoot Analysis

21:29
52

Workflow for Selecting Final Stills

27:43
53

Initial Editing in Adobe Bridge

21:02
54

Reviewing and Selecting Motion Footage

11:02
55

Keeping Track of Your Story Ideas

22:40
56

Script and Story Structure Evolution

04:34
57

Editing to the Content

05:00
58

Music as a Character

05:41
59

Business Diversification

07:07
60

Business Strategy

04:57
61

Pillars of Revenue

17:09
62

Branding

06:36
63

Partnerships and Brand Strategy

05:12
64

Galleries and Fine Art

03:11
65

Budgeting

05:21
66

The Future of Photography

26:12
67

Q&A And Critique

1:09:39

Lesson Info

Telling a Story With a Drone

drones are great. I mean, a lot of the same creative considerations exist with them as they do with anything in photography thing. Really cool part is, instead of being down here, you're up there and you're getting to see really great stuff. So symmetry shape, line, rule of thirds. All of those things play a role in it, looking for those really great details. So one thing I want to share with you is a story breakdown. This is another short films a couple minutes long. It's called Chasing the Distance. This was done already several years ago. Different rules in different time. Back then, this was about ultra marathon runner Rob Krar. Really cool guy. Uh, you know, he had a really incredible story, and this was, you know, one of the first time that I really started employed drones and story telling their use very, very sparingly. Um and so I think it was strong. It really emphasized his place in the landscape, and it was the only way to really punctuate the story element about the long, ...

long distances this guy runs. It's incredible. He's one of the best long distance runners in the world. Super fast time. At the time, he had had the fastest known time from running across the Grand Canyon, from rim to rim to rim all in one shot without stopping So really cool story. Play the video for you. Now it's about four minutes long, and we'll come back and talk about a little bit more. There's no easy way to describe the last quarter of an ultra when your body does just want to stop in your mind, wants to stop. That's when I go to that dark place that I can only experience late in 100 mile race. And it's something that I both yearn for fear of. The same time I recognized chasing that distance, fooling completely minutes. It's been life changing, but ultra marathoner is seeking to find peace within themselves. Running seems to be the one thing that's provided me enough piece toe to keep going. I ran the fastest no. One time ever across the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim, and it was a huge struggle in discomfort. But I thought about Kristina, and that's what kept me in that crossing way, fell in love, camping here, a piece of my heart is in this place. You can just feel so connected to something but so small at the same time. It's this place where you can feel free every time we get out brings us together. It's the simplest way to put it. There was a time early in our relationship when I saw her using the boat that it kind of solidified my desire to want to be with this incredible woman. I struggled with depression for a long time, and I never even remotely had a grasp on before I met Christina. We've had some dark times, kind of know that dark side of life a little bit and can kind of relate on that note as well. Running is definitely his major coping mechanism at this point running alone on the trails. It's what I need to keep myself together as a human and find peace with the Grand Canyon. This is what I wrote while Rob is was running mentor, injury, peace, peace among people and cars and a giant canyon battle rages below that I know not a husband. River rock all battle to become one. Somehow this great place consumes me, consumes them, consumes time. So I wait. I wait to the patient wife, a supportive partner, and let the grandeur of the place wash over me and swallow all things. This place is a place of balance, place to respect and honor, give and take. Forming an intimate relationship takes time a lifetime. And beyond canyon, beautiful canyon unfold your secrets for me. So that was produced for the Sierra Club at the time for part of ah campaign. And none of it was actually in the National Park was proposed extension of the park as a national monument. And ultimately, uh, it was not successful in its effort, but the film was very successful nonetheless. And, um, you know, conveying a lot of different important messages. And you can see where the little moments of the story are punctuated by the use of having aerials, getting a sense of the scale, the vast distances he goes and this distance that they they manage in their lives. So it's really, really powerful way of telling a story

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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!

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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.

Cindy
 

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.

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