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Photographing America's National Parks

with Ian Shive

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  •   02 Sunrise Shoot - Shooting Away from the Light

    33:30
  •   12 Scouting Locations

    33:46

Class duration: 16h 27m

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About The Class

capture the beauty of early morning sunrises and evening stars.


Outdoor photography celebrates the varied and stunning landscapes of the natural world – in this unique course you will learn composition and shooting techniques for getting beautiful outdoor shots.

Shooting and teaching from two of the world’s most pristine parks, Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park, award-winning photographer Ian Shive will teach you new ways to create outdoor photographs that are powerful, captivating and fresh. You'll explore key elements of great outdoor photography including: composition, working a scene, selecting exposure, using filters to manage natural light, and scouting a great location. Then you'll learn how to put it all together to tell a story in a single image or series. After spending time in the field, Ian will move into the studio and present on the equally important tasks of managing and editing your work from the field.

Ian will show you how to capture images that are both technically and emotionally engaging. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn how to document the beauty of the great outdoors, in camera.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Sunrise Shoot - Working the Scene

    39:05
  2. 02

    Sunrise Shoot - Shooting Away from the Light

    33:30
  3. 03

    Sunrise Shoot - Shooting with a Purpose

    11:10
  4. 04

    Ian's Background and Setup to Nature Photography

    33:20
  5. 05

    Photographing National Parks

    21:25
  6. 06

    National Parks Considerations, Prep, and Q&A

    21:16
  7. 07

    Shooting Inside a Tent

    14:06
  8. 08

    Gear, Settings, and Tech

    20:43
  9. 09

    Shoot: Camp Fire Scene

    20:23
  10. 10

    Shoot: Camp Fire Details

    27:53
  11. 11

    Landscape Photography: Wildflowers and Macros

    1:20:25
  12. 12

    Scouting Locations

    33:46
  13. 13

    Scouting Considerations and Discussion

    18:13
  14. 14

    Star Trails

    23:54
  15. 15

    Ten Steps to Processing Perfect Star Trail Images and Q & A

    17:16
  16. 16

    Water: Rivers, Creeks, and Waterfalls

    1:00:59
  17. 17

    Photographing Water Discussion

    13:35
  18. 18

    The Role of the Editor

    29:35
  19. 19

    The First Edit

    33:41
  20. 20

    My Quick Edit and Q&A

    24:30
  21. 21

    The Icons of Nature

    15:09
  22. 22

    Technical Notes: After Dark

    23:30
  23. 23

    The Iconic Elements of Composition

    15:56
  24. 24

    Iconic Imagery Q&A

    12:33
  25. 25

    Magic Hour at Mount Rainier

    48:03
  26. 26

    Magic Hour Discussion

    14:18
  27. 27

    Magic Hour at Mount Rainier Post Processing

    25:24
  28. 28

    Hoh Rainforest Shoot

    42:02
  29. 29

    Hoh Rainforest Post Processing

    35:40
  30. 30

    Skype Interview Scott Kirkwood

    22:47
  31. 31

    Image Critique with Scott Kirkwood Part 1

    23:04
  32. 32

    Image Critique with Scott Kirkwood Part 2

    28:20
  33. 33

    Selling Your Work

    25:25
  34. 34

    The Pillars of Revenue

    11:01
  35. 35

    The Economy of Stock Licensing

    20:24
  36. 36

    Initial Contact and Q&A

    20:25
  37. 37

    Ruby Beach

    24:29

Meet Your Expert

Ian Shive

Ian Shive is a photographer, author, film and television producer, conservationist, and innovative businessman.  He has worked with some of the most important outdoor organizations including the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ... read more

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Bonus Material

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Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf Field Guide to Photographing the American Wilderness
  • pdf Icons of Nature Keynote
  • pdf National Park Photography Intro and Setup
  • pdf Photo Editing Keynote
  • pdf 10 Steps to Processing Perfect Star Trail Images
  • pdf Business of Photography Keynote
  • pdf Gear Guide

91% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • user-fd1491

    August 2014

    I have taken quite a few courses with createlive and this was by far one of the best. Ian is a fantastic teacher and remarkable at describing what he is doing and his thought process clearly. There is so much good information in this course, I definitely plan on buying this class. Not only is Ian a great teacher, but he also seems to genuinely want to help other photographers and see them succeed. You can tell he cares more about seeing good pictures of nature than anything else. I cannot recommend this course enough. Whether you are a beginner who shoots landscape photography as a hobby or a professional who already specializes in landscape photography, this class has something to offer and will expand your skill set. Can't thank Ian enough and I hope he does another course soon.

  • user-654f20

    August 2014

    Ian is a great teacher and it is great when some one who "can do", can also explain how he does it. Clearly, his experience and commitment are why he is good at what he does. There is a lot more to a great photo than getting the camera settings and filters right. Ian did his best to help us understand what to look for when "working the scene" and finding a good composition without distractions. A great course. Thank you, Creative Live and Ian Shive.

  • eaglssong

    eaglssong

    August 2014

    Amazing course. Ian Shive is a wonderful teacher, as well as photographer, and it all comes across. I was glued to my computer for the entire 3 days when the class was live, and just had to purchase it so I don't lose any of it. The bonus materials alone are worth the purchase price. I've got a trip coming up soon and will have the opportunity to put some of what Ian said into practice; and love that I can have it with me on my portable devices so I can refresh my memory and reinforce it all. Great to have on a long plane ride. If you are on the fence, get off that fence and go purchase this great course!!! You won't be sorry. My thanks to CreativeLive, and Ian Shive for giving us this wonderful opportunity to not only learn, but to actually be in the field with Ian.

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