Bio

Josh Miller is a photographer and writer based in Northern California. In his professional life, Josh has worn many hats, including naturalist, outdoor guide and environmental educator. His abilities as a naturalist and photographer are often called upon by nonprofit environmental organizations to promote public awareness for their causes. Josh teaches photographic workshops throughout the west, Alaska and Costa Rica. His award-winning photographs are in many private collections and regularly appear in publications throughout the world including National Geographic, Audubon, Microsoft, Sierra Club, Backpacker and Outdoor Photographer. His work is represented by Aurora Photos.

Articles by Josh Miller

Photo of fall foliage reflected in a pond.
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Exploring Fall Color

Monday, September 19, 2022 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Creative and technical advice for photographing nature’s stunning autumn displays.

Photo of a backpacking photographer standing on a rock
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Backpacking For Photographers

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Gear and advice for getting away from the crowds to spectacular backcountry locations.

Wide angle wildlife photo of a mountain goat.
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Wide Angle Wildlife

Monday, January 31, 2022 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Reach for your wide angle lens to capture more of your subject’s story.

Example image of astrophotography taken with the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S
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NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S For Astrophotography

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

The mirrorless update to one of Nikon’s most respected DSLR zooms is truly a “stellar” lens.

Example of using a telephoto for landscapes.
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Telephoto Landscapes

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Your telephoto lenses may become your favorites for landscape compositions.

Image illustrating the advantage of focus peaking to achieve sharpness throughout a photograph.
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How To Use Focus Peaking For Maximum Sharpness

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

How to use focus peaking to get maximum sharpness with every shot.

An example of HDR technique used in a nature photo
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How To Use HDR For Nature Photography

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Can I stop carrying graduated neutral density filters?

Are tripods obsolete? There are still reasons to carry one.
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Are Tripods Obsolete?

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Reconsidering this once-indispensable nature photography accessory in the digital age.

sensor size of this image is 35mm full-frame
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Does Camera Sensor Size Matter?

Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

How important is sensor size for the quality of your photographs? We consider the pros and cons of each of the most common camera sensor formats.

Close-up photo of a toucan using telephoto wildlife technique
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Telephoto Wildlife Technique

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

How to get the most out of your long telephoto lens for wildlife.

Image of eagles taken with the NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR
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Ultra-Compact Super Telephoto

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Field testing the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens, a super telephoto prime that’s priced within reach of more photographers.

Lake Tahoe
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Lake Tahoe For All Seasons

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

California’s Lake Tahoe region offers year-round photo opportunities.

Fall Color Eastern Sierra
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California Gold

Saturday, November 26, 2016 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

The Sierra Nevada mountains offer dramatic backdrops and the potential for an extended season of autumn photography.

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Whitewater Adventure

Thursday, August 4, 2016 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Exploring the photo opportunities of rafting the Alsek River.

Highline Trail along the top of Logan Pass
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Everyman’s Alaska

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Have you ever wanted to photograph Alaska, but didn’t have the time or money to make it happen?

South For The Winter: Costa Rica
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South For The Winter: Costa Rica

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

While many tropical countries are great for escaping winter’s cold, Costa Rica is quickly becoming one of the world’s best winter photo locations

7 Deadly Compositional Sins
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7 Deadly Compositional Sins

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | Text & Photography By Josh Miller

Most of us have heard of the “rules” of composition, but how many of us have ever contemplated the “sins” of composition?

Featured Photos by Josh Miller