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Martin Miller

Martin G Miller


Martin Miller not only teaches Digital Photo Academy workshops in San Diego, for group and individual participants but also various organizations such as Stanford University Professorial Assessment Team and others. He is also a San Diego Meetup Collective organizer.

Martin’s father was a fine artist and commercial photographer in San Diego and in LA and taught at the prestigious Art Center in Santa Monica, when he returned from the Army in WWII. (One day Martin hopes to trace his father’s war time past throughout Europe as a photographic family record  for future generations.)

Martin has had a camera around his neck since age 3 or 4, per family photos. Says, Martin, “Dad was my hero. They don’t make ‘em like him anymore. I remember he used to make my sister and I easels to sit in and draw along side of him.”

Family vacations, camping trips, scenic drives were always enhanced as photo excursions with dad offering advice and inspiration. One memorable occasion was in Arizona and upon returning home we immediately went to the darkroom in the garage. It was magic to see the images as they developed in the D76 solution. The scenic shots were taken with Nikon, and Martin was about 16 or 17. Not surprisingly, Martin inevitably found himself in photo school at San Diego City College and graduated with a Visual Arts degree.

What Miller experienced as a teenager with his camera remains with him to this day and was exemplified on his first trip to Europe when he was an adult, traveling to London, Paris, Athens, Venice, Zurich on a 2 month excursion. Since then Martin and his Nikon have made many world travel shoots and he plans on continuing to do so.

At home, his camera remains quite busy including 3AM jaunts to catch the Milky Way with long exposure images and turning the ordinary scene around town into something visually extraordinary. Commercially, Martin is a go-to for product shots, architectural assignments and portraiture.

You might be familiar with Martin’s photos and byline as seen in San Diego Magazine and on various book covers. Some favorite subjects to shoot include America’s Cup, first commissioned for the assignment back when the single hull vessels reigned and up through current competitions. Nature, landscapes, wildlife, the human form and urban street scenes are all subject matter that exist within Miller’s extensive body of work and knowledge.

Expect to meet him and view his work at gallery exhibitions in the near future.

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Comments to “Martin Miller”

  1. Martín
    Thanks for a great class. The class was fun and I learned alot.
    I will keep practicing what you taught us
    Thanks again

  2. Hi Martin

    I appreciate the guidance you provided in class. It has taken my passion for photography in a new direction. More importantly, I’m having a great time doing it.

  3. The DPA team has to coordinate the DPA workshops across the whole country; which I imagine entails a lot of names. Your national office team members and the folks who teach where they live do a wonderful job. That’s why I keep coming back!

  4. Thank you so much for the class, it was really great. Martin was patient when I couldn’t figure it out. I am still trying to transfer the pictures in my camera to computer. Martin encouraged me to submit some of my photos to San Diego County Fair the photo contest.
    I may possibly do it. I’m looking at my schedule for your next class when I’m avaliable. I am following you Instagram page now.

    Thanks again.


  5. Hi Martin,

    Thanks again for another outstanding photographic outing! It’s a pleasure working with you as I always learn so much. As I said during our class (and Dorothy agreed!) to work with someone like yourself is a fantastic privilege. Not only are you a master photographer, but a master teacher as well. Also, thanks for your kind words regarding my path in exploring Black & White Photography. I look forward to taking another Composition in the Field class with you soon.

    All the Very Best!

    John Hamilton

  6. I really enjoyed the workshop. Since my previous photography teacher retired in August of 2023, I’ve been looking for a photography workshop or class that is interesting, challenging and fun, and this workshop met my expectations; in fact it exceeded those expectations. I’m looking forward to taking some of the other Composition in the Field workshops as I really like what is taught and the locations that we can explore. By the way, even though it rained for almost the entire time of our workshop, Martin found work around’s to keep us engaged and focused on finding interesting images (I’ve attached a couple of them).

  7. The sessions went very well. Martin was wonderful to work with: very patient, very knowledgeable and an overall nice guy.

  8. I enjoyed the workshop. It was what I was looking for. Martin was excellent.

  9. Sanija was very excited when I picked her up from Martin’s Workshop

  10. I purchased the Digital Photography Live-In-The-Field at the L.A. Arboretum course for my father for his birthday. He loved it! Mom had just bought him a high-end mirrorless camera, which was above his skill level since he had really only used a point-and-shoot in the past. So, to get him comfortable with his new camera in the field, I thought this course would be a good fit. Dad really enjoyed it and captured some beautiful nature shots and has since created some treasured family photo memories for us since taking this course. The instructor was very approachable, took his time with the students, and facilitated a fun and educational experience. This experience makes for a terrific gift. My parents are in their ’70s, so I am finding that they value experiences over material items at this age.

  11. Thank you so much for the magnificent class on Saturday.

  12. I learned in a lot in just a few hours. Martin was a fantastic instructor who showed me how to get the most out of my camera, and helped me learn composition to be able to take memorable photos that can tell a story. Well worth it for anyone who wants to become a better photographer.

  13. The class with Martin was very helpful!

  14. I had an amazing time and took some phenomenal photos!! I’ll make sure he joins the facebook page to upload some of his snaps. Thank you so much for the amazing experience – I definitely won the birthday gift competition this year 😉 .



  15. It was great! Here attached is my favorite pic.

    Thanks to Martin for teaching us so well.

  16. Martin is a wonderful instructor. Keep me on the list, love to attend many more. Not sure I can do any Dec. classes, but January on, I’m in.

  17. Great experience for setting your home town in a new view. I was able to see what a pro looks for when walking the streets or seeing the bay. I highly suggest for beginners to experienced photographers.

  18. “Had a workshop class this weekend the basics and also compilation. Martin was my instructor and to be honest I️ don’t think I️ have the words to describe how nice and patient and knowledgeable he was. Both of the classes where incredible and such a great price. I️ look forward to taking more classes when Martin is teaching again!”


  19. “Thanks for your event. I enjoyed learning about composition besides socializing.
    Mr. Miller is very patient and professional. He has so much to teach us. I am an amateur learning in how to use my iPhone features with the camera and today, I gained experiences in learning more… please, let me know when you have another event, and I will pass down to my friends… it was great!”


  20. “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Martin Miller. He was encouraging, well prepared and taught me a great deal about composition. I would definitely attend other workshops with him. Valuable insight!”


  21. Martin Miller from Digital Photo Academy made this meet up really profitable. His overall comments and individual instruction were clear and concise and very encouraging.”



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