Gary Miller


Lesson Fees
from $60.00 / 60 Minutes


Gary Miller has been a photography educator at the university level for 20 years.  He has taught at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, The Art Institute of Houston, and The Art Institute of San Antonio, both in Texas.  He achieved the level of Associate Professor at The Art Insitute of Houston.  He has taught photography workshops at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco,  and at The Camera Exchange in San Antonio, TX.  Mr Miller has been a commercial photographer in Houston, San Francisco, and San Antonio for over 30 years, and a fine art photographer for over 20 years.  His commercial photography has included wedding, portraiture, corporate/industrial, advertising, fashion, product, editorial, and documentary work.  His fine art work has been displayed in over 150 groups and solo shows worldwide.  His awards include , First place Visual Arts Division, The HARC Foundation Awards, Los Angeles, CA, 1st place, Qualex Award, Wellington B. Gray Gallery, Greenville, NC, Best of Show, ““Art at the Jalapeno, Freedom of Art”, High Wire Gallery, San Antonio, TX, and the Hemphill-Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award from Texas Tech University.

As a university professor he was the Chair of two photography programs at Texas Tech University and The Art Institute of Houston .  His teaching has included all aspects of digital and film photography.  Classes taught have included Basic Photography, Lighting, History of Photography, Photoshop, Digital Image Illustration, Portfolio, Documentary, Photojournalism, Business of Photography, Large Format Photography, Lightroom, Digital Printing, Studio Photography, Architectural Photography, Medium Format Photography, Fine Art Photography, Black and White Photography, Darkroom, Advanced Black and White Printing, Alternative Processes, Advertising, Editorial Photography, Photo Criticism, Visual Media Ethics, Time-Based Media, Photographic Design, Color Management, Wedding, Portraiture, and Location Photography.   He is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom.  He has taught numerous photography workshops to high school students and adults.

Gary holds an MFA in Photography from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, where he studied with Jim Woods and Nina Glaser.  He studied documentary photography with Sylvia Plachy at the Anderson Ranch Photography Workshops in Aspen, CO, and with Craig Dietz in San Cristobal, Mexico.

My teaching style is based on taking large concepts and breaking them down into smaller pieces that students will learn and then practice.  I believe that you should take learning at a slower pace that allows you lots of time to practice the concepts that you have learned.  In that way, my teaching is very much like taking musical instrument lessons.  I work to accommodate all students at any level and to challenge them, so that they will progress.  I have mentored hundreds of students from hobbyists to ones that have gone one to become professional photographers.  I believe in the mentoring process.

Students should have a good DSLR or Mirrorless camera to obtain the fullest from my lessons, but anyone at any level, with any equipment can learn and improve their work.

MFA Photography, The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

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