David Johnston Photography


about ME

David Johnston is a renowned 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.

David is currently living in Haiti.






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


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.



Video is one of the fastest growing media outlets that companies and organizations can use to reveal their work to grow their audiences and expand their reach. In my career, I've been able to work on short videos, aerial videos, time-lapse videos, and long documentary projects. Even if a video is just 30 seconds long, it can carry a powerful message.



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. 



Photographing people can be a challenging task. You want the moment to be perfect and natural. I have studied portrait photography and humanitarian photography extensively to create my own unique style of capturing people in their natural element to express a specific emotion from each image. I've grown to love capturing images of people doing great things to improve the world.



Aerial photography has quickly become one of the most fun uses of imagery that I've discovered. I'ts amazing to send my drone up into the air and capture different perspectives in photos and videos. In my career, I've been able to reveal new ways of looking at locations and projects to my clients through the air.




Rates for every project fluctuate based on the different needs of each person. Before any rates are decided upon, I will meet with you to fully understand what you would like to capture and include in your project. Each project package can include any or all of the following services: photography, time-lapse, drone images and/or video, and videos. If you would like to begin discussing your project, please click here!


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.



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
The Conservation Fund had the pleasure of working with David on a project in the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, and couldn’t have been more please with his images. He’s creative, focused, and timely. If you have a chance to work with him, sign up!
— Whitney Flanagan, Creative Director, The Conservation Fund






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