Tell us a bit about yourself.
Born in 1970, Aleksandra Lajtenberger entered the world of fashion in the 1990’s, working with brands like Gianfranco Ferre’, Strenesse, Rifat Ozbek and Madina, giving her a wealth of experience across the United States, Europe and Asia.In the meantime she also took courses in photography and portrait photography at Milan’s Officina Fotografica, broadening her skills thanks to the support of photographer Giac Casale.She then had a number of her photos published in magazines and for communications campaigns, during which she deepened her passion for the skills of portrait photography.
The LIFELINES exhibition, which was born thanks to a chance encounter with the British artist Hamish Pringle, showed visitors the journey undertaken by human being.
FL:HOURS, her most recent project, is dedicated to the relationship between time and the beauty of nature and was exhibited at Rome’s Auditorium, the Triennale in Milan and was chosen by Penny Black for the presentation of their Spring collection.
How long have you been on your journey seeking out the beauty in this world, and how has it affected your view of life on this planet?
I used to be a model for years which gave me a chance to travel a lot and meet a lot of new people and cultures.This is how I fell in love with photography and for me there is nothing more enthusiastic than traveling and being able to take pictures of whatever is around.Than with digital I got into post processing.My favorite things are clouds and sunsets and I would love be able to travel more but it’s not always possible.
What does your family think of your career? Do they travel with you often, or do you have to leave them behind? What struggles are presented when being a travel photographer and having kids?
My family follows me whenever this is possible.They are always curious and love seeing my exhibitions. Of course they are my favorite models!
Any favorite memories or locations that stand out?
I had a lot of pictures, I did years ago that I had to scan and postprocess.Japan was my favorite and South Corea.
And what about now, where do you currently call home?
I currently live in Rome
Everyone always wants to know about gear, and I’m sure you’ve answered this numerous times before but here it is again for those that are new : What type of camera(s) do you shoot with and what is your favorite photography accessory?
I just bought Nikon 600,I have a mirror less Fuji X-1 and if nothing I use iPhone. Favorite accessories are definitely Formatt-Hitech ND Filters and Lensebaby lenses.
If you had to choose just one lens and you could only use that lens for a whole year, what would it be and why?
If I had to choose, which is really difficult,it would be Nikkor 18-200,which risolve more or less any situation. I use a lot Nikkor 10-24 for landscapes and Nikkor 85, f 1,4 for portraits
Did you attend photography or art school, or did you take a different study? If so , what led you to photography?
I grew up in Belgrade and did University there.My first photo lesson I took with American photographer Giac Casale.Than I did portrait and light school in Officina Photografica in Milan.
Do you plan on buying any new equipment and if so what do you have your eyes on?
My next buy will be a Macro lens-Nikkor 105
How often do you stitch images together if at all? Panoramas are an obvious one but I’ve started to see plenty of photographers using this technique to make very large images, is this something you experiment with?
No,I don’t use stitching.I like multiple exposures and I am learning to do it better
How do you educate yourself to continually take better photos? Do you have any favorite blogs or websites that you visit frequently.
I spend tons of time on web.I continue buying books,e-books,watching other photographer tutorials. My favorite sites are 500px and Stuck in customs,but there are so many of them available
Is there somewhere you would like to visit and photograph that you have yet to visit? Any plans on visiting sometime soon?
My next place to visit will be Iceland
Now this is a tough one. Do you have a favorite image from your work? Can you describe its creation in regards to location, lighting, composition, camera settings etc. also your thoughts when creating the image and what it means to you?
I’ll take some more time to answer this question and prepare more images in the next couple of days
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of being a environmental portrait/landscape photographer?
The most challenging aspect is being at the right time in the right place.Even if you plan your shot in every aspect you still need to be lucky.In the end the best shots for me were done by surprise. In portrait photography you have to be good to make people be spontaneous and relaxed.
Many of us photographers these days use a number of web services and apps such as freshbooks, 500px, smugmug, etc. What are your favorites? and feel free to provide some recommendations.
As I already sad my favorite is 500px and ND magazine.I didn’t try others like 72dpi or else
What advice do you have for other landscape photographers looking to get into the market and sell their prints or be published?
.It is not easy,there are so many good photographers,so many softwares and plugins that can made any bad photo a good one..Always get up early and look for golden hours and experiment a lot
Tripods are important in our line of work. What is your favorite and most recommended tripod for traveling landscape photographers?
I use Manfrotto tripod,I did a huge research ti find something secure but not extremely heavy For a women,it’s not that easy to walk around with all that heavy equipment
What is something your still learning?
.I thing that if you like photography you never stop to learn.I am constantly studying.Just about to watch the latest Onone webinar about Perfect Suite 8.
Something that is over-rated:
I don’t like to criticize.Everybody has it’s own creativity.
Any favorite movies?
My favorite movies are:all Woody Allen,Django,Accross the Universe,American beauty
What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
In 5 years I would love to have my space with other friends photographers where we can organize exhibitions,take courses,do family portraits…