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Mike Johnston is the principal author of The Online Photographer web site. He's the author of The Empirical Photographer and Lenses and the Light-Tight Box, and has had a dozen or so interesting and educational jobs in photography over the years, including a stints as a teacher, portrait photographer, studio assistant, custom printer, and magazine editor. A 1985 BFA graduate of the Photography program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., he was East Coast Editor of Camera & Darkroom magazine from 1988 to 1994 and Editor-in-Chief of PHOTO Techniques magazine from 1994-2000, where his editorial column, "The 37th Frame" was a popular feature and where he presented, among other things, a set of three articles on "bokeh" by John Kennerdell, Oren Grad, and Harold Merklinger that were subsequently widely discussed among photographers. He lives in a boring but peaceful Wisconsin town with his 15-year-old son Zander and a very personable and lively terrier named Lulu.