Spotlight On – Valentino Valkaj

How did you get your start in photography?


Like many, buying my first camera back in 2012. It was by accident, I wanted a better camera then my phone to take pictures of my children, so passion towards photography evolved very quickly.


What type of photography are you shooting and what motivated you to focus on that genre?


I shoot 90% of the time landscape photos. I am driven by that feeling of being outdoors, in the nature, at 5am, shooting a sunrise and there is nobody around, world is still asleep. That is when I feel most alive.


Northern Light
G2 aurora borealis storm in Liesjärvi National park, Finland.


What has been your biggest achievement or obstacle along the way?


My biggest achievement has been the chance to be able to teach and guide others on their journey as they start in photography. Usually on a very cool locations like Iceland or Faroe Islands. I didn’t have many obstacles on my photography journey, but I can say that if you really want something, nothing will stop you on your way to achieve that goal. I am not there yet though.


Who and/or what inspires you most?


On the beginnings I was getting inspired by other amazing photographers, like Elia Locardi and Michael Shainblum, but the biggest inspiration comes from that feeling of being in the nature.


What is your approach?


Is there anything in particular you try to achieve during a shoot (for example triggering certain feelings, etc.) or are there any specific techniques you use? Definitely I always pursue the feeling, capturing the moment in time or chasing that perfect light. More often I don’t succeed then I do, but that’s part of the game.



Why is accurate color important within your workflow?


I print my photos, so having a color accurate monitor means so much. Seriously, until I first time calibrated my monitor with Spyder4 I didn’t understand how important that is.


Any tips or advice for photographers just beginning their career?


Don’t compare yourself to others, there will always be somebody else better then you. Probably it has been said already many times, but just go out and shoot, no excuse!


Valentino is calibrating his monitor with a SpyderX Elite.


About the Author – Valentino Valkaj


Valentino Valkaj is published international photographer and videographer. Co-founder of a travel agency guiding photo tours in Nordic countries.


Photography Type: Landscape / Outdoor


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