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Cameron Attree - Nikon School Lecturer, Brisbane

07 January, 2011 | My Nikon Life | Comments

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Meet Cameron Attree, an AIPP accredited Professional Photographer and Nikon School Lecturer.

Over the last decade Cameron has won a range of photographic awards and competitions and been a guest speaker for both amateur and professional organisations.

Cameron is one of our Brisbane Nikon School Lecturers teaching Introduction to Digital SLR Photography, held in Brisbane once a month. 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.




What is your photography background/bio?

I graduated at the Queensland College of Art and have over 20 years experience in the photographic industry. Further, I am a Master of Photography with the AIPP and was awarded the Queensland AIPP Portrait Photographer of the Year 2008.

Photo by Cameron Attree

Photo by Cameron Attree




What was your first paid job?

During my second year studying photography I was commissioned to photograph a family portrait by friends of my parents. As a very shy young lad, I was lucky I had my dad there to assist me and to organise the group.

When & how did you go professional?

That’s a very hard question to answer as my photography career has always consisted of many facets. For the last 17 years I’ve worked in photographic retail while also working as a professional photographer and the last couple of years also as a photographic lecturer.

Photo by Cameron Attree

Photo by Cameron Attree




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

Having a big interest in fashion photography I guess my ultimate shoot would be with a world class fashion model – any of the Victoria’s Secret models will do.

Who are your 3 favourite photographers and why?

It’s hard to narrow down to only 3 as I get inspiration from a range of photographers from different genres. I guess if I had to pick three from different fields and time periods it would be Ansel Adams for his dedication to his craft, Helmet Newton for his bold and graphic style and Chase Jarvis for his creativity and broad range of skills.

What’s your biggest photographic disaster?

Touch wood, I’ve never actually had a disaster to this date.

What’s your favourite location for shoots?

I love shooting at the beach for both the fashion and fine art nude work that I do.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Keep photographing subjects that both excite and challenge you to keep your passion alive.

Top tip for beginners?

Don’t stop practicing and developing your skills and become a sponge, taking in as much as you can from other photographers.

Photo by Cameron Attree

Photo by Cameron Attree




What are the 3 most common questions beginner photographers ask?

  • What camera / lenses do you use?
  • How did you get started in photography?
  • What software do you use?

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

Sharing my passion for photography and hopefully influencing my students to continue to develop their skills.

Who was your mentor?

My father. He was a keen amateur photographer and I grew up with his slide shows from an early age. His influence definitely helped develop my photographic eye even if I didn’t realise it at the time.

What Nikon Gear are you using at the moment?

I really like the D3S body with a range of lenses from 14mm up to 300mm plus a number of Nikon speed lights.

To hear more from Cameron and get great tips and advice about starting out in photography, enrol today in Nikon School.

To view his profile and see more of his images, click here.

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