Mike Johnston

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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.


Optical Paragon Illustrations

Converge Illustrations

Digital Camera Clock Illustrations

That Sinking Feeling Illustrations

new column

Cooking Vegetables Illustrations

14 Tips for Photographing in Public Illustrations


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Image 1-crop by Mike Johnston

Image 2 by Carl Weese

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Image 4-crop by Carl Weese

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Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited

Hold still: My son's friend Aaron a.k.a. "Mud" ready for the homecoming football game yesterday. (It's a wig.)

The right moment is sometimes better than all the moments. Sunrise is too slow for video.


Versalab Washer

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Hadley A

Hadley B

Leon Trotsky