Photographing America’s National Parks on CreativeLive

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I recently gave an exclusive 3-day workshop on CreativeLive that takes you inside every tip, trick, thought and exasperated moment of photographing in the outdoors and the struggle to make a business of it. The topic, “Photographing America’s National Parks”, is something I dedicated my whole life to.

If you did not have the opportunity to check-in during the live broadcast you can purchase on-demand access to the 38 video classes as well as all the bonus material. – Click here to get to CreativeLive for more information and a FREE 30 minutes preview video!

It’s worth noting that I don’t intent to do more workshops in the future, so if you are interested in an Ian Shive workshop, this is your chance!

Additionally, I took the first class a step further sharing my knowledge of how to generate money out of your passion in Business of Outdoor Photography.


2012 Year in Review

It was another banner year for Ian Shive, the photographer. As many of you know, most of my time is dedicated towards enhancing the careers of over 400 other photographers via my stock photography and motion clip licensing agency, Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc. and as an instructor of photojournalism and advanced photojournalism at one of the world’s leading educational institutions, the University of Southern California.

Tandem had its own banner year with a major expansion and our first retail store. But beyond the accolades of the agency, I’ve also had a stellar year working for some of my favorite clients in some of the wildest places on the planet.

One of my personal favorite achievements was the cover of The Nature Conservancy magazine for my story on the Tehachapi Wildlife Corridor. I am also proud to capture the cover of National Parks magazine for my story on Hidden Yosemite.
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I was also fortunate enough to take the 2011 Annual Report cover and accompanying interior spreads for TNC, photographed in Hawaii, and their Caribbean Division Report, photographed in Cuba, both were long form assignments that allowed me to spend time in the warm climates of these radically different but no less stunningly beautiful locations.










Additionally, I had yet another cover and major interior spreads for the Sierra Club’s 2011 Annual Report.

In addition to the above, I was also fortunate to visit Southern Chile where I photographed images of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, a new reserve launched by several environmental non-profits including The Nature Conservancy. For a week I photographed artisan fishing efforts, coastal restoration and wild, raw landscapes.

The Nature Conservany Annual Report Photo Shoot / Valdivia, Chile

One of my aerial images from Palau was also ranked one of the most popular images in National Geographic’s Travel 365 collection.

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As if all of this wasn’t enough, I also managed to squeak out my first photography field guide in a form of an App available for the iPad in the iTunes Store, I was profiled in Travel & Leisure Magazine and conducted one of the best radio interviews of my  life on Los Angeles’ 95.5 KLOS Classic Rock station.

In a more memorable moment, one of my color images that looks black & white was hung next to Ansel Adam’s image that inspired it at the famous G2 Gallery in Venice, California.

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I also announced my first workshop taking place at my beloved Channel Islands National Park. In partnership with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the G2 Gallery (where I’ll be conducting my first exhibit in April 2013) and the Channel Islands Park Foundation.


There were many other publications that ran my images including Lonely Planet, AARP, Mosaic, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Books, Sunset, Visit Montana and more.  I can not express enough my gratitude for the support that these organizations give to me by allowing me the opportunity to capture these important issues and bring them to the world in their publications. I can only imagine what 2013 will be like. Stay tuned!

Ian Shive: Cinematography Demo Reel

For the last two years, leading conservation photographer Ian Shive has traveled the planet photographing some of the world’s wildest places . Now for the first time ever he is sharing a secret – broadcast quality HD footage that was shot on location at the same time as the photos. In just a few minutes, you’ll experience some of our planets most stunning landscapes in a dream-like montage including Palau, Micronesia, underwater worlds of Cuba, Yosemite National Park, California, the Cayman Islands, Glacier National Park, Montana, Channel Islands National Park, California, Valdivia Coastal Reserve, Chile, the lower Himalayan Mountains, India, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, the Taj Mahal, India, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Salt Lake, Utah, Antelope Valley, California, The Island of Hawaii, Maui, Hawaii, Rishikesh and the Ganges River, India, and Vrindivan, India among others.

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Produced by Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc. Edited by Ian Maliniak. Music by M83.

Tandem Celebrates 2 Years, Launches Major Expansion


On December 14th, Tandem celebrated its 2nd anniversary as a photography and motion clip stock licensing agency. And what better way to celebrate than to expand and enhance the Tandem interface into one of the most state-of-the-art websites in the world! It’s hard to find an outlet that doesn’t in some way prominently feature Tandem work, whether it’s the regular implementation of our images at leading publications or the massive billboards lining America’s highways with travel campaigns featuring our photographs. To that end, we’ve spent the last 6-months reinvesting and re-thinking how buyers find assets on the Tandem site and how by improving the shopping experience we can also help strengthen the livelihoods of photographers. Now, we encourage you to engage in this new cutting-edge interface:

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As you already know from the email a few days ago, Tandem has added its own retail division, Shop Tandem. We encourage you to check it out. The store will now engage not only regular stock buyers, but also the 50,000+ monthly consumer traffic Tandem gets from people who just like looking at our great images. As we add more designs we ask you to encourage your social community to engage in the site. In addition, Tandem has expanded its team to include a photo archivist who is helping clean up captions and add important keywords.

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Featured Collections

With so many great images, sometimes buyers can get lost in an archive. In this latest expansion we have begun to organize images into collections; important themes that are our greatest strengths.

Tandem Vault: Digital Asset Management

Tandem has also launched Tandem Vault, a cutting-edge, cloud-based digital asset management system for companies looking to organize their internal assets using our sophisticated software.

Vault is only available to mid to large-size corporations at this time but we encourage you to check out the options available on the homepage as we’re exploring ways to expand this secure system to our community of photographers looking to back-up and manage their private assets whether or not they are part of Tandem Stock.

To date, Tandem Vault is managing a half dozen leading corporation’s archives. Like the rest of Tandem, this is already an exciting and profitable venture that only helps strengthen the foundation of the Tandem brand.

Feel free to stay in touch and remember – the more you help promote these new portals the better we all do as a community. We hope that you enjoy Tandem 3.0 as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

Photography Workshop: Channel Islands National Park

Join Photographer Ian Shive on his first workshop in one of the world’s most stunning and wild places, Channel Islands National Park, California. America’s Galapagos: Photographing Channel Islands National Park is a four-day photography intensive workshop being hosted on Santa Cruz Island beginning May 2, 2013. The full workshop itinerary and details can be found at Santa Fe Photo Workshop website.

A percentage of every workshop participants fee benefits Channel Islands Park Foundation, the non-profit, philanthropic partner of Channel Islands National Park.

Workshop space is limited to only 12 participants and will fill up fast, be sure to register today.

Cuba’s Underwater “Garden of the Queen”

This past summer, photographer Ian Shive had the rare opportunity of spending a week diving on never-before-dived places along Cuba’s South Eastern coast. During the trip, Ian spent days in ancient and pristine elkhorn coral patches, many which were thousands of years old, as well as getting up-close-and-personal with large reef sharks in Cuba’s national park, Jardines de La Reina or the Garden of the Queen. Ian’s work is featured prominently on the Environmental Defense Fund website. The trip was sponsored in part by the EDF and The Nature Conservancy. Below is a gallery highlighting some of the work. For more information on licensing these images, visit

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Recent Work: Texas Preserves

Photographer Ian Shive traveled the far reaches of Texas for The Nature Conservancy this summer to document four of the state’s nature preserves. Ian’s two-week trip started from one of Texas’ western points to one of its most eastern locations near the Matagorda Bay. Ian’s journey to Davis Mountain Preserve commences the project, traveling along the way to Dolan Falls Preserve, Love Creek Preserve, and ending at Mad Island Marsh Preserve. To see Ian’s entire Texas collection from this trip click here.

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