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.
and the Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D
Fakery, Actual and Conceptual
More on the Killing of Mazen Dana
Comments on the Canon 300D
and Sony 828
(and More About Digital B&W)
an examination of the question of photographic taste
the one crucial sentence
that we all need to to say
Where can you photograph?
Three contemporary film cameras
Finding The View
The worlds of B&W and digital collide
Mike looks at the art of photographic book collecting
Mike’s opinions on the best photographic products of the past year
Thoughts on the forthcoming Pentax DSLR
What it is, how to eliminate it and how to live with it when you must.
A guest commentary by Dan Honemann
Some thoughtful feedback from Mike’s readers
Is it about cameras or photography?
A look at lens ownership
In praise of the Pentax 50mm SMC Takumar
Whose lenses are best?
A look at what’s working in the industry, and what isn’t
What gives photographs meaning?
Does excessive cropping and zooming too tight bother you?
Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee / Vestal booklet / Steal this print / Pentax DSLR / Zuiko 50mm
One thing that pros do better than the rest of us: editing
Kodak steals the show at Photokina 2002
You don’t need a Summicron to take a decent picture
Sometimes it’s not a question of ‘best,’ but of what look you like
One self-improvement exercise anybody can do
A famous North Carolina nature preserve gives free clinics for nature photographers
Rumors of the Kodak-Olympus collaboration and why it may make sense
A review of the Sony F-707 digital camera
In all the hooplah over DSLRs, we shouldn’t forget about the advantages inherent in digicams
“FDP” stands for the three main factors that influence tonality in B&W prints
Why it’s important to be open to serendipity when evaluating what you’ve shot
Interview with Nicholas Hartmann, Part II (continued from June 16th)
A procedure For printing scanned 35mm black-and-white negatives
What exactly is a ‘classic’ SLR and where can you get one?
Once and future kings: it’s Pentax and Zeiss, baby, just like the old days
Using one brand of lens on another brand of camera
A sarcastic look at the rampant overuse of the weasely little word ‘image’
Photographing the weather
What’s so special about certain great black-and-white prints?
The controversy at the NPPAs, and an appreciation of the work of award-winner Cole
Why current digital cameras are like horseless carriages
The new Leica M7
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.