I like discovering what can be seen from the sky and not the ground. You can often make better sense of what is happening when you look down on it.
My photo training/experience includes three years under R.T Clark at Utah State University.
Photographer at the Idaho Falls Post-Register. Photographed features, news, grip-and-grins, anything that arose.
Photographer, US Army stationed at Fort Old working for Combat Developments Experimentation Command, shooting high-speed video.
Photographer, Heidelberg, Germany. Commander-in-Chief’s Photographer and part of a TV news team covering Europe and the Mediterranean.
One of two soldiers Army-wide selected for Navy Photojournalism Course, a two-semester course at Syracuse University NY. With this I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in photojournalism.
Photojournalist, Fort Bliss TX. Won three Keith L. Ware Awards (Army-wide award) and two Thomas Jefferson Awards (DOD-wide award).
Photojournalist, Fort East’s VA. Was tasked to help start a new Army Trainer magazine. Covered innovative and effective training around the world. Wrote and edited articles for the magazine.
Photojournalist, Pacific Stars & Stripes, Korea Bureau. Covered news for US military and International news.
After retiring from the US Army I was hired by Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque NM. This work was all classified, but I continued to do a lot of photography for myself.
But this is all words. Go to my website and see a small sample of what I have been doing lately. ricojohnston.com

I live in Los Lunas NM, which is just South of Albuquerque NM.

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  • DJI Mavic
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  • 4:3 CMOS
  • 4K Video
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro
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  • DJI Olmo Pocket
  • Jeep
  • DroneDeploy
  • Pix4D
  • PrecisionHawk Precisionflight
  • UGCS
Jake H.
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Rico did an awesome job for us. Went above and beyond with the amount of footage he captured, and it was top notch - even in very high winds. He got it done within 24 hours of accepting the job. Would certainly recommend and use again.

Jan. 12, 2023
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