Sunday Morning Photographer Overview

January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann


A Column About Photography By Mike Johnston

Mike Johnstonwas Editor-in-Chief ofPHOTO Techniquesmagazine from 1994-2000. From 1988 to 1994 he was East Coast Editor of the late and much lamentedCamera & Darkroommagazine. Consequently he has been one of the most influential editors on the American photographic magazine scene during the past decade.

Mike is also a prolific writer. Now, on the first Sunday morning of each month Mike writes a column forThe Luminous Landscapewith his often controversial observations and opinions on the passing photographic scene.


Column Listing
Totally, Completely…Okay DMD: TheDecisiveMomentDigital The Last Column The Magic Bullet Nothing About Noise Modes The Tale Told by Two Pictures Catch the Rave! Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New The "Compact Disc Effect"
and the Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D
Keeping Up "Tough" and "Sweet" Bokeh Ratings and Lens Awards Why 40mm? A Digital Black and White Update DOF Response Just to be Contrary The Filter Flare Factor The K-1000 of Digital SLRs The Best Lens for a Leica A Killer Digital Lens (And Other Digital Notes) Thoughts About "Full Frame" Mo’ Betta Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Bronicas and Robot Friends: What I Did Last Summer Comparisons and the Odious:
Fakery, Actual and Conceptual
Scenic Fatigue Do You Have a Color Balance? Finding The Best CD-Rs Almost Every Night We Send Them Home Secrets of Success The Reviewer’s Life Bokeh in Pictures Cone Editions Press Complete Digital Workflow Workshop Moving Pictures Evidence, not Proof Set Yourself Free! Parameters of Lens Specification and the Properties of Lenses Digital Sizzles in the Desert Of Old Dogs and New Tricks Talking Photography Lost in the Gutter Working For Pay Has Leica Lost It? The Other eBay Can’t See The Pictures for the Pixels Hooray for Hewlett-Packard! Books, Nikon Bigots, and B&WP Camera Envy: the Nikon D2H Wedding Photography and the "$39K Schmuck Taste, Part I: Schubert and Schoenberg Arguments, Strife, and Polemics:
More on the Killing of Mazen Dana Rogues I’m a Sony Man
Comments on the Canon 300D
and Sony 828 Odds and Ends
(and More About Digital B&W)
Were the HECK is Digital B&W?!? The Case Against Zooms Headlines from July, 2011 Clean, Lube, Adjust The Book More About Clichés and How to Avoid ‘Em Eschew Cliché The Nun’s Hand
an examination of the question of photographic taste Photographing Models and Nudes Getting Better
the one crucial sentence
that we all need to to say Land of The Free
Where can you photograph? The Highs and Lows of The Canon 10D Two Nikons and a Minolta
Three contemporary film cameras First Anniversary So You Say You Want to Turn Pro? SLRs — Part Two:
Finding The View
The Digital Shopping Dilemma What’s an SLR Supposed to Be? The Bronica RF645 Rangefinder Revisited Lashed to the Mast: The Digital Odyssey
The worlds of B&W and digital collide Collecting Photography Books
Mike looks at the art of photographic book collecting Best of 2002
Mike’s opinions on the best photographic products of the past year Pentax Under Glass
Thoughts on the forthcoming Pentax DSLR Flare
What it is, how to eliminate it and how to live with it when you must. Simplicity Thy Name is… Digital!?!
A guest commentary by Dan Honemann I Get Mail
Some thoughtful feedback from Mike’s readers Confessions of a Cameraholic
Is it about cameras or photography? How Many is Too Many?
A look at lens ownership My Favorite Lens
In praise of the Pentax 50mm SMC Takumar November 17, 2002 — Leica vs. Zeiss
Whose lenses are best? November 10, 2002 — On Photography Magazines
A look at what’s working in the industry, and what isn’t November 3, 2002 — Impressions of the (Particular) Past
What gives photographs meaning? October 27, 2002 — This Bothers Me
Does excessive cropping and zooming too tight bother you? October 20, 2002 — Miscellaneous Notes #1
Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee / Vestal booklet / Steal this print / Pentax DSLR / Zuiko 50mm October 6, 2002 — Give That Cat The Boot: Editing 101
One thing that pros do better than the rest of us: editing September 29, 2002 &#151 Kodak Fights Back
Kodak steals the show at Photokina 2002 September 22, 2002 &#151 The 50mm Lens and Metaphysical Doubt
You don’t need a Summicron to take a decent picture September 15, 2002 &#151 That Classic Look
Sometimes it’s not a question of ‘best,’ but of what look you like September 8, 2002 &#151 Readings for Practicing Photographers
Book recommendations September 1, 2002 &#151 On Self-Assignment
One self-improvement exercise anybody can do August 25, 2002 &#151 Grandfather Mountain
A famous North Carolina nature preserve gives free clinics for nature photographers August 4, 2002 &#151 Photokina 2002 and the ‘Olydak’
Rumors of the Kodak-Olympus collaboration and why it may make sense July 28, 2002 &#151 Real Photographers Don’t Use Sonys
A review of the Sony F-707 digital camera July 21, 2002 &#151 ‘Just Say NO’ to Digital SLRs
In all the hooplah over DSLRs, we shouldn’t forget about the advantages inherent in digicams July 14, 2002 &#151 Black-and-White Tonality
“FDP” stands for the three main factors that influence tonality in B&W prints July 7, 2002 &#151 Key Thoughts and the Zen of Fishing
Why it’s important to be open to serendipity when evaluating what you’ve shot June 30, 2002 &#151 Hartmann Single Black
Interview with Nicholas Hartmann, Part II (continued from June 16th) June 16, 2002 &#151 Hartmann Single Black
A procedure For printing scanned 35mm black-and-white negatives June 9, 2002 &#151 Twenty Aprils: The Classic Era of the SLR
What exactly is a ‘classic’ SLR and where can you get one? June 2, 2002 &#151 The Best (Autofocus) Lenses Money Can Buy
Once and future kings: it’s Pentax and Zeiss, baby, just like the old days May 26, 2002 &#151 Kustomizing Kameras
Using one brand of lens on another brand of camera May 19, 2002 &#151 "Image is Everywhere"
A sarcastic look at the rampant overuse of the weasely little word ‘image’ May 5, 2002 &#151 Springtime in Wisconsin
Photographing the weather April 28, 2002 &#151 A Recipe for ‘The Glow’
What’s so special about certain great black-and-white prints? April 21, 2002 &#151 The Pictures of Carolyn Cole
The controversy at the NPPAs, and an appreciation of the work of award-winner Cole April 14, 2002 &#151 ‘Oldthink’
Why current digital cameras are like horseless carriages April 7, 2002 &#151 Leica Hits A Home Run
The new Leica M7 March 31, 2002 &#151 The Importance of Working-Method Goals
Why working methods are the most important thing that photographers talk about the least

You can read other articles byMike Johnstonand find out about his quarterly newsletter‚The 37th Frame.

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Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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