"I started on my photographic journey as a kid and fell in love with creating images after my first roll of 120 came back from the lab. I have been in photography for over 20 years and started in business doing portraits 6 years ago," Miller said. "I enjoy sharing my experience with others and helping them to become better at the craft. We all have something to give back to others as they also teach us to grow."
Miller's first Super Monday class on Saturday, May 11th will focus on high dynamic range (HDR) photography which has been an interest of his for the past five years. It is meant to provide a hands-on experience and technical knowledge of HDR and how to add that extra oomph to your images "My first HDR images were captured in Halfmoon Bay in 2008. We were going to do some aerial photography of the San Francisco Bay area and the fog socked in as far as the eye can see. We flew down to Halfmoon Bay for breakfast and afterwards I tried some HDR at the fishing docks. Funny thing happened I captured an image there that got a PPA merit on my first PPA IPC competition. So I have been hooked ever since."
Miller says his favorite part of the process is "combining people and HDR to create dynamic images that you couldn't get otherwise. I love getting it right in camera and then taking it up a notch in post processing. HDR photography allows you to capture images that the eye can see but the dSLR camera cannot in one image. Our eyes can see 10-15 stops of light and the best high end dSLR can only capture 4-6 stops of light in a single image. HDR brackets exposures of 3 to 5 (or more images) at 1-2 stops difference giving you a range of 6-12 stops (or more). You combine in software to give you an image that would otherwise have blown out highlights and no details in the shadows."
Challenging himself regularly is how Miller continues to push himself to new, unique places with his work.
"Working with people is fun and a challenge too. I like the challenge to come up with something that hasn't been done before and trying to make it work," he said. "It's a challenge trying to stay above the ordinary in my photography, when ok is good enough for others it is not for me. You just have to keep reinventing yourself and your images."
Miller considers his biggest accomplishment as a photographer "Growing as a person and in my photography, becoming a Craftsman, and soon to becoming a Master Photographer. I joined PPA in November 2007, become Certified in 2008, and earned my Craftsman degree in January of 2011. I enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge so becoming a Craftsman was a personal goal for me. I love doing presentations, speaking to groups and instructing workshops. Doing a presentation requires that you know more about the subject to present it and answer questions. So for me it pushes me to become knowledgeable in the craft."
Miller's passion for photography is contagious and his knowledge of HDR is expansive. If you have any interest in learning more about this growing field, this is a must-have class! If HDR isn't your style, Wayne is a brilliant instructor and is also offering a second class, Dynamic Lighting with Studio Strobes and Speedlights that will take place on Saturday, May 18th.