Behind most shutterbugs is a person who’s usually honed his craft for years, but Johnny Lin is much, much different. He’s only been shooting for two years and although you’d never be able to tell from the photos that he takes, he’s a rookie who’s producing much better results than some photographers who’ve been around for 10+ years. He brings a lot to the table for someone so fresh to the game, and his work is so good that other seasoned photographers call him the LeBron James of photography.

Johnny’s photographed for numerous magazines all over the world and already has a huge client base, but who’d ever expect that he also carries a degree and is working on getting a PhD in Electrical Engineering. But Johnny will be the first to let you know that he’s got a lot to learn and if you ever get a chance to talk (or work with) him, you’ll be sure to find that he’s not only humble but also very easy going. You can see more at and

LRG: How long have you been shooting?Johnny: I’ve been shooting for almost two years now.

LRG: Give us your educational background as a student and as a photographer.Johnny: I’m currently a PhD Electrical Engineering student and, as a photographer, I’d have to say that most of my education has been through simple practice. When it comes to formal education I only took a semester of photography study at Tri-Community Adult School: Photography Center.

LRG: What kind of camera equipment do you use?Johnny: I use a Canon 20D with 16-35mm and 24-70 2.8 lens and Speedlite 580EX Flash Light.

LRG: What is it about photography that inspires you?Johnny: What inspires me are the different angles for me to see. I look at all kinds of objects, people, and events (situations). Through my camera, photography helps me to view this world differently and capture the true essence and creative spirit behind each particular moment.

LRG: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?Johnny: I would like to become a professional IC engineer and further develop my skills in photography to become a commercial photographer with my own studio. I’d also like to grow my current clientele and have this as a side business that I can build even bigger.

LRG: How did you get into photography?Johnny: I always looked at fashion/glamour magazines and wondered if I have the capability to generate those professional images. It is that motivation, or curiosity, that drove me into photography.

LRG: Can you offer any tips for amateurs to help them improve?Johnny: You have to constantly shoot with purpose. Try different settings on the camera and observe the lighting around the subject that you’re shooting. Obviously, the best bet is to get a digital camera in order to speed up the learning curve. With digital, you can view the results much faster and cheaper, and it’s definitely a great starting point for anyone interested in the art. Last but not least, understand how the lighting affects the camera or images, and study the images with curiosity. From there, you can have others critique your work, but you should always be your own worst critic. It will make you strive that much harder.