David Johnston

Beginners Guide to Outdoor Photography

David Johnston
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Beginners Guide to Outdoor Photography
  • In-depth Instruction; over 46 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $19.99

What is the shutter and what speed should I shoot with? How will it impact the lighting in my image? Are there specific situations for specific shutter speeds? These are all questions we will tackle in this session.

The aperture you use can have huge impacts on the way your outdoor scene looks. You can to get the aperture correct to achieve proper range of focus and light. This session will explain how you can do just that.

Have you ever wondered what the letters on your camera dial represent? Well, one of those is your shutter priority and it can make shooting a lot simpler. In this session, you’ll learn what your shutter priority controls and how you can use it best.

A lot of outdoor photographers utilize their aperture priority setting because it’s a very simple way to control the aperture in some tough lighting situations. We will explore some of those situations and how you can use aperture priority.

We will go in the field to look at a very specific situation of how you can use shutter priority to simplify your settings and take great outdoor photos.
In this final session, we’ll go in the field to look at a specific situation and how using aperture priority can simplify your settings, and help you take great outdoor photos.
4 Lessons
46  mins

The learning curve for photography can be very steep for many, and it’s often filled with frustration. There are multiple camera settings that can clutter the mind of someone simply trying to create a beautiful image.

In this video instructional class, your Instructor David Johnston will teach you about camera settings that will simplify the photography process. You’ll learn about:

  • Shutter speeds
  • How different exposures can change motion
  • How to manage light
  • Aperture
  • F-Stop values
  • Range of focus
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority


Painters use watercolors and acrylics, sculptors use different stones, and photographers use light. The constant battle to balance light is something that all photography beginners struggle with. In this class, you’ll learn to simplify that process by using very specific settings on your camera’s dial.


Even though the learning curve to understanding shutter and aperture is steep, this class is designed to set you up for success. While these techniques take practice, you’ll learn the most effective ways to work on them in the field and how to see results in different situations.

David Johnston

David Johnston is a professional outdoor photographer located in the beautiful state of Tennessee. He is most familiar with photographing older mountain landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains, and occasionally ventures into other locations around the world to capture amazing outdoor scenes. David began his passion of photography in high school where he learned to photograph with film cameras and develop his own prints in the darkroom. However, after college he switched to digital photography and began his business photographing the outdoors as well as teaching people how to improve their skills in outdoor photography. When David isn’t traveling and taking photos, he’s just like you! He enjoys lounging on the couch, watching sports, and spending time with his wife and friends.

David Johnston

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Beginners Guide to Outdoor Photography Purchase this class for $19.99.