You may be asking who the heck is this Josh Cripps dude anyway?? Well, I’m a normal guy who thought he’d spend his adult life as an engineer. But then I fell in love with travel and photography, and I’ve been making it my career ever since. Sometimes I talk like a cowboy, and I can grow a pretty fierce beard when I need to.
I’ll tell you a lot more about me in a little bit (or you can skip ahead here, you scamp). But first, I want to talk about YOU. You’re here for a reason. You love nature, you want to become a better photographer yourself, or maybe you even want to improve your photography business. That’s amazing! I want to help you however I can. The first and best thing you should do is jump on my newsletter. That’s where I send out all my best stuff about making your photography dreams come true. I’m not going to spam you with a bunch of crap, and I’ll never sell your name to anyone else. Join the almost 10,000 other people getting photos, inspiration, tips, and more delivered right to their inboxes.
When I started JoshuaCripps.com way back in 2008 it was simply to share the best photos I’d taken as a nature photographer. And that’s still one of the main reasons I run this site. I ADORE our beautiful planet and I want to share my love for it with you. I want to show you incredible places you never dreamed existed. I want to inspire you to get out and explore. And I want to help you build your own relationship with nature so that we can protect it. So here you can find:
And heaps more! Take a look around and enjoy our beautiful Earth. You can also find trip reports from some of my most memorable adventures around the world. For starters, here are a few favorites:
- 5 Days at New Zealand’s Top Forks Hut
- Romping Through the West Matukituki Valley
- Three Days in the Ansel Adams Wilderness’ Best Kept Secret
- A backpacking trip of a lifetime to the remote Gardiner Basin
Or check out every single one of the trip reports here.
You should also come hang out with me around the web. My favorite places to interact are:
Let’s Get Edumacated!
In 2010 I decided to get serious about teaching photography. I was living in Santa Cruz, California at the time and getting more and more questions about my work, both at art festivals where I was selling prints and online where I was sharing photos. People wanted to know: “How do you get that cool effect with the ocean waves?” or “How do you get prevent your skies from blowing out?” or “What the heck is ISO?” And the more questions I got the more I realized how hungry people were for quality photography instruction.
Another photographer friend of mine, Jim Patterson, was having the same experience. Chatting about it at the beach one night we decided to offer a seascape photography class and see if people would sign up. Not only did they sign up, but the class sold out with a waiting list in less than 48 hours. So we started teaching more classes, and adding new classes in different locations. Now, nine years later we’re both still going strong, still teaching workshops. Sometimes we teach together, sometimes with other photographers, and sometimes by ourselves. But no matter what my goal is to continue to lead fun and exciting trips to some of the world’s most beautiful places. I love helping people improve their photography and build connections with passionate photographers from all over the planet. Presently I have trips in the following locations:
I’m thinking about organizing more trips in places like China, Pakistan, and South America. Interested? Let me know.
In 2014 I realized that one of the other problems with leading tours is that I couldn’t reach photographers who were living on the other side of the world, or photographers who couldn’t afford to travel. I began recording short videos full of my best photographic lessons and uploading them to YouTube. I had no expectations and only humble aspirations, but now 5 years later the channel, Joshua Cripps Photography (formerly known as Pro Photo Tips), has over 300,000 subscribers and my instructional videos have been viewed over 12 million times! I still can’t wrap my head around those numbers.
If you are just starting out in nature photography and want to build a solid foundation of technique, composition, philosophy, and post processing, you should check out some of my most popular stuff:
Now Let’s Talk Business
Over the past few years I’ve been receiving more and more enquiries from photographers who are interested in turning their passion into their career. I’m not going to lie to you: it’s a long road full of REALLY hard work and lots of failure to make this happen, but the rewards are incredible. The freedom to travel when and where you want, to see the world’s most beautiful places, and to have unbelievable personal experiences with nature: these are just a few of the things that come with being a full time nature photographer.
Of course making a career of it is not as simple as building a website, posting some photos, and letting the cash roll in. There is so much that goes into building a sustainable business that I wanted to provide some of the best lessons and ideas I’ve learned over the past 10 years of doing this.