Meet George Trifunovic – Nikon School Lecturer, Melbourne

My Nikon Life is happy to welcome George Trifunovic on board as a lecturer at Nikon School, Melbourne.

Over recent years he has won several international awards in wedding photography. He is a Master of Photography with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and a regular judge at the Australian Professional Photography Awards.

George is one of Nikon School’s lecturers teaching Introduction to Digital SLR Photography in Melbourne. This course is ideal for newcomers to the world of digital SLR or anyone who wants to refresh their photography knowledge.

For more information about this and other Nikon School courses, workshops, tours and special events, visit Nikon School.

What is your photography background/bio?

When I was young I was the annoying kid with the camera that everyone was always running away from. My father was into photography as a hobby and he gave me one of his old cameras; which sparked a life long fascination. I graduated from university with a science degree and then moved into education, teaching at a high school. It was during my time as a teacher that a new art teacher set up a darkroom and my interest in photography was reinvigorated. Soon I was photographing weddings for friends and then contracted as a freelancer for a large wedding studio. Eventually it became obvious to me that my career was to change. After several years working as a freelancer I left teaching and became a full time photographer. In 1989 I finally decided to work for myself and opened Ardmillan Studios.

Photo by George Trifunovic

Photo by George Trifunovic

What was your first paid job?

I was asked to photograph a wedding for a friend of a friend. They were naïve and I had no idea what I was doing at the time I was just lucky that the gods of light and composition were looking after me that day

When & how did you go professional?

I was freelancing for a few wedding photography studios in addition to my usual nine to five job as a high school teacher… then one of the studios offered me a full time job. The rough part about it was the huge drop in pay for the privilege of becoming a photographer. Like many young people trying to get into photography, I was almost doing the job for the love of it.

Photo by George Trifunovic

Photo by George Trifunovic

If you could photograph anyone or anything, living or dead, who would it be?

I could cope with spending a few weeks photographing Elle McPherson in exotic locations.

Who are your favourite photographers and why?

Wily Ronis, Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertsz and Elliot Erwitt who I was honoured to have in my own home. I like all these photographers because I love the honesty that they bring to their photography, along with a great sense of moment.

Photo by George Trifunovic

Photo by George Trifunovic

What’s your biggest photographic disaster?

I was working with a Hasselblad camera in the Fitzroy Gardens when the tripod blew over. The camera landed on concrete and was basically ruined. Another day I fell into the Yarra River while photographing a job… I am just lucky I was tall enough to keep everything above the water.

What’s your favourite location for shoots?

Montsalvat in Eltham, Victoria … it’s like stepping back in time. It is a great place to shoot portraits and weddings.

Photo by George Trifunovic

Photo by George Trifunovic

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

If the image looks good through the viewfinder, don’t stop to think about it, just push the shutter button. Chances are if you hesitate you will miss the moment.

Top tip for beginners?

Get close to the subject. It sounds simple and yet it’s the one reason why most people fail to turn good photos into great photos.

Photo by George Trifunovic

Photo by George Trifunovic

What are the 3 most common questions beginner photographers ask?
  • What lens should I buy next?
  • Do you always shoot in black and white?
  • One day could I be as famous as you?

What is the best part of being a Nikon School lecturer?

I get satisfaction from watching students discover how their Nikon cameras work and the possibilities that are created when you know how to make everything work. It reminds me of my own excitement when I first learned how cameras work and how it improved my photography.

Photo by George Trifunovic

Photo by George Trifunovic

Who was your mentor?

I was one of the unlucky who did not have a mentor… life is just cruel sometimesAnthony McKee … that guy is a whiz” />

What Nikon Gear are you using at the moment?

I currently use a Nikon D3, Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8G, 24-70mm f2.8G, 70-200mm f2.8G VRII, 20-35mm f2.8D, 16mm f2.8 fisheye, 35mm f2D, 50mm 1.4G, 105mm f2 DF, 85mm f1.8D and an SB900 flash… for seeing in the dark!

To hear more of George’s expert tips enrol today in the Introduction to Digital SLR Photography in Melbourne. This course is ideal for newcomers to the world of digital SLR or anyone who wants to refresh their photography knowledge.

For more information about this and other Nikon School courses, workshops, tours or special events, visit Nikon School.

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Published by mynikonlife Mar 8, 2011
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