UK Director of Photography and Television Cameraman
Hi, I’m Mike. I work as a Director of Photography, Lighting Cameraman, cameraperson and camera operator for broadcast and corporate productions across the UK. You can book me as a DoP, location single camera owner operator for PSC, as camera supervisor or camera operator on a multicamera crew recording in studio or outside broadcast, filming pre-recorded or transmitting live on air. And as a CAA-approved drone pilot, I can also capture aerial drone footage to add that bigger perspective to your shoot. I have 25 years experience in operating all variations of television cameras and can easily adapt my shooting style to all types of tv shows.
DoP – PSC – ENG
Call it what you like. But I just love crafting fast paced car sequences on Fifth Gear. Braving the elements on Countryfile. Collaborating in comedy for Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back. And capturing the finer detail for the experts on the Antiques Roadshow. It’s all part of my work as a Director of Photography and PSC owner-operator.
I love the thrill of working as part of a big team for a live show or large event. From camera supervising One Man and His Dog, to capturing the unpredictability of nature on Springwatch, or reacting to a fast paced sport from boxing to rugby to F1 – there’s nothing like the adrenalin rush of filming live.
aerial & drone
Seeing the big picture is important. My drone footage can add movement, height and epic landscapes to any story. As a CAA-approved drone pilot I have all the correct permissions and insurances in place to capture aerial photography for commercial and broadcast production teams.
Go Behind the scenes with Cameraman and Director of Photography
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 camera 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. I’d love to chat with you about how I can help you on your next production.