Mike Johnson

UK Director of Photography and Television Cameraman

Hi, I’m Mike. I work as DoP or camera operator for broadcast and corporate productions across the UK. Hire me as a single camera owner operator for PSC, as part of a multicamera crew recording in studio, or on location filming live. And as a CAA-approved drone pilot, I can also capture aerial drone footage to add that bigger perspective to your shoot.


Capturing the finer detail for the experts on the Antiques Roadshow. Braving the elements on Countryfile. Finding creative angles to capture the flora on Gardener’s World. It’s all part of my work as a PSC owner-operator.


From camera supervising One Man and His Dog, to reacting to the unpredictability of nature Springwatch – there’s nothing like the adrenalin rush of filming live. You’ll also find me in the studio filming The Gadget Show.

aerial & drone

Drone content can add extra perspective to a story, when seeing the big picture is important. As a CAA-approved drone pilot I have PfCO permission to capture aerial photography for commercial and broadcast production teams.


Director of Photography BBC Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
The Gadget Show
Director of Photography Springwatch
Director of Photography RHS Flower Shows
RHS Flower Shows
Director of Photography Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company

Camera Operator Beach Live
Beach Live
Director of Photography Gardeners World
Gardeners’ World
Camera Operator Lambing Live
Lambing Live

DoP The Bad Skin Clinic
The Bad Skin Clinic
Director of Photography Live Capture
Ex Cathedra Live Capture
Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature
Grand Designs
Blue Peter
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
Outside Broadcast Cameraman
Sports Outside Broadcasts
ITV Cameraman
Give a Pet a Home

Lighting Cameraman Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Camera Operator 5 Soldiers  Capture and Live Stream
5 Soldiers Capture and Live Stream
Camera Person Comedy
Comedy Against Living Miserably
Big Cat Live

Multi Camera Supervisor National Treasures Live
National Treasures Live
Head to Head
Lighting Cameraman How To Look Good Naked
How To Look Good Naked

Who is Mike Johnson cameraman?

Captivating close ups, scene-setting wides, and subtle shifts in focus that add depth to your story. As a lighting cameraman, I always aim to do more than simply capture a moment. I craft shots that are not only perfectly lit and composed, but are intended to give you a library of creative visual content that supports the editorial vision for your production.

I’ve been a cameraman since 1997, after completing operator training with the BBC. Being a BBC cameraman was a solid grounding for my career. But it’s being freelance since 2001 that has given me the best opportunities to work across the UK and internationally.

Being a Birmingham cameraman means I’m centrally located with easy access to the the wider West Midlands, London, Manchester, Wales and most other regions of the UK.

As an owner operator, I have a range of cameras, lighting and audio kit available for use on productions. Please enquire for details.