David Johnston Photography


about ME

David Johnston is a renowned Tennessee photographer and educator. Photographing incredible light and rarely seen moments are what drives David to keep capturing nature and people at their best. When David is not shooting, he's writing and teaching photography to the masses on his website and podcast called Photography Roundtable. It's his passion for spreading the joy of photography that helps him continue to interview other professionals and deliver helpful tips for others to improve their skills.

It doesn't matter if it's landscapes, night skies, or portraits, David has the gift to freeze amazing scenes and memories in place.

David is also a photography workshop leader, frequently leading visitors in his favorite park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as other locations around the United States.






Landscape photography can be tough, especially in locations where humans don't venture very often. I have been shooting landscapes in some of the most pristine locations for multiple years. I found from an early stage that I am able to construct photographs featuring famous locations that no one has ever composed before. In fact, that's what drives me in nature. Famous, but unique.


Adventure photography started as a hobby for me. I began by documenting trips with friends, but that turned into a new style of photography featuring specific activities in nature, and products that belong outdoors. Adventure photography is a unique combination of portrait photography, product photography, and landscape photography; featuring both humans, goods, gear, and nature.


Portrait photography is defined as the ability to capture the personality of each individual person. So, that's what I try to do for each portrait session. A lot of photographers take great photos, but I try to make each portrait your very own.

time lapse

Time lapse photography combines both video and photography by compressing thousands of images into a rapid video sequence. I love time lapse because you never know what's going to happen at any given moment. When I spend hours out in the field or on location, nothing makes me happier than when that time is well spent and I can deliver the time lapse to my client that exceeds expectations.



When I first started my professional career as a photographer, I knew I wanted to teach. Photography workshops allow me to combine a passion or photography with a passion of teaching. I love sharing post-processing techniques and in-field strategies to teach people how they can achieve better photographs themselves. 


David’s style is informal and fun. He brings a lot of knowledge to the table. He graciously shares some highly valuable tips and guidelines for anyone looking to learn more about photography.
— Dusty Doddridge





Landscape photography services vary per assignment. It all depends on the location, how many photographs are included, and the time it will take to shoot. With that said, I like to provide multiple package options when I'm pricing out landscape options, so please contact me and let's start figuring this thing out!


My adventure photography rates are a lot like my landscape rates. It all depends on the location, how many photographs are included, and the time it will take to shoot. If you're a company wanting product photos, I charge $100 per hour plus $75 per image file after five included photo files.




My portrait sessions are very easy to price! I like offering a flat rate package that usually includes a 1 hour session, all photo files from the shoot, and all hours editing totaling $400. It's easier for you to get a package because you're guaranteed to get more quality photos. Travel expenses must be negotiated outside of Nashville, Brentwood, or Franklin, Tennessee.

Time lapse

Time lapse videos take a lot of time both in the field and on the computer. Each of my time lapse films costs $2,000 and usually last around two minutes in length. Travel expenses must be negotiated outside of Nashville, Brentwood, or Franklin, Tennessee.




Workshop prices vary greatly depending on the trip, so please see the "Workshops" tab to see each trip's cost. If you're interested in private workshops, a half day is $300 and a full day is $500. Private post-processing workshops go by the same rate. Travel expenses outside of the state of Tennessee must be negotiated.





Do you need some additional information? Please don't hesitate to ask. I'd be happy to help!