Meet Michael Cranfield – Nikon School Lecturer, Brisbane

Nikon School is excited to welcome AIPP accredited photographer Michael Cranfield on board with Nikon School Brisbane. He will lecture Nikon School’s ‘Intro to Digital SLR Photography’. This course is ideal for newcomers to the world of photography or anyone who is seeking to refresh their knowledge.

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

What is your photography background/bio?

I picked up my first camera at the age of 13. I was hooked. Although I have worked in a number of different industries, I was always a keen amateur photographer. In 1993 I decided to do my photography degree, but first I had to finish High School (as a mature age student). I completed my degree in 1997, got a job as an assistant and have been working in the industry ever since.

What was your first paid job?

My first paid job was shooting a foam party at a Brisbane nightclub which was just lots of fun!

Image by - Michael Cranfield

Photo by Michael Cranfield

When & how did you go professional?

I became a professional in 1997, after graduating from Queensland College of Art.

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

I guess it would be the arctic circle and its inhabitants.

Image by Michael Cranfield

Photo by Michael Cranfield

Who are your 3 favourite photographers and why?
  • Ansel Adams – For me he is a gutsy risk taker, clever, experimental, an awesome educator and caring of the environment.
  • Chase Jarvis – I love his passion for image capture, from an iPhone to a D3X, stills to moving image. I would love to spend some time with him.
  • Wolfgang Sievers – He captures images of sheer beauty e.g. an advertisement for prestige ties, as well as industrial images with a bunch of “wow” factor.

What’s your biggest photographic disaster?

That was in the very early days of digital photography and I was covering an official opening and dedication ceremony. I just got the critical shot, and I turned the camera off too soon. Sadly the image was not saved to the card….. Nightmare

What’s your favourite location for shoots?

Pretty much every location outdoors, I love the urban, land, and seascape.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Image by Michael Cranfield

Photo by Michael Cranfield

Top tip for beginners?

Shoot, Shoot, Shoot and then shoot some more and in between the shooting talk to other photographers.

What are the 3 most common questions beginner photographers ask?
  • What camera is best?
  • What is your favourite photographic subject?
  • What does this button do?

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

Sharing the love, I get a real buzz seeing the smiles on the faces of the participants when they come to grips with a concept. And when they finish up at the end of the day, feeling a lot more confident in their abilities as photographers, I feel that I have been a part of their photographic journey.

Image by Michael Cranfield

Photo by Michael Cranfield

Who was your mentor?

I have had many mentors along the way and no doubt I will have a few more before I hang up my Nikon. However, the most memorable was a photographer named Craig Ratcliffe.

What Nikon Gear are you using at the moment?

D2Xs, D300s, AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED, SB800, as well as a number of Nikon accessories.

To hear more from Michael, enrol in the course today ‘Intro to Digital SLR Photography’ course. This course is ideal for newcomers to the world of photography or anyone who is seeking to refresh their knowledge.

Click here >> to view Michael’s profile.

Published by mynikonlife Mar 10, 2011
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