David Johnston

Composition Fundamentals

David Johnston
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  • In-depth Instruction; over 70 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $24.99
In this first session, you’ll discover how to determine what your photograph subject is and then where to frame it. You’ll also discover where to place your horizon lines in specific outdoor situations.
How can different heights impact a photograph? Quite tremendously actually. After this session, you’ll know when to shoot different perspectives. We will also explore the amazing impact of complimentary colors.
With an entire session designated to one topic, you can guess leading lines are important to compositions. You’ll experience different ideas and options of what leading lines can be and how to use them properly.
In this final session, you’ll learn how to use the three layers of photographs that go into building a high quality composition.
4 Lessons
1  hrs 10  mins

One of the most basic and most important things you can do to improve your photography is to understand the essentials of outdoor photography composition.

This is the part of photography many people skip because they would rather hurry up and hit the trails. However, spending time to learn outdoor photography composition essentials pays huge dividends to the quality of your photograph construction in the long run. Often times, the success of a photograph hinges on the success of the organization of subjects within the frame.

To help you with composition, this class will demonstrate:

  • Subject placement using specific framing grids
  • Horizon lines and where to place them
  • How perspectives change a photograph
  • Framing and telling a story
  • Complimentary color composition
  • Leading lines
  • Foregrounds, midgrounds, and backgrounds
  • Hyperfocal distances
  • When to break the rules


Constructing compelling outdoor photograph compositions has a lot to do with the long-term process of training your eyes to see things that would make a great photograph. After learning all about compositions, you’ll be able to see and even envision different composition options before you take your camera out of the bag.


Improving your compositions improves your photographs. It can even lead to a quicker path to developing your own personal style of photography. You’ll learn if you like leading lines more than foreground subjects, or when to use specific colors together.

In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, this class provides you with a downloadable class guide that was designed to complement the topics you’ll explore so you can take notes as we examine composition essentials together.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Basic Skills – Intermediate

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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