I met young Jaana during a special awards luncheon hosted by the Huntington Union Council. She was one of the award recipients of the Reflections Art Contest. She was such a polite and interesting young lady! We got to talking and realized we followed each other on Instagram, so I asked her to share some thoughts and photos with Surf City Family!
My name is Jaana Mantere and I am an 8th grader at Dwyer Middle School. I mostly use a point and shoot camera, but I also use my phone, GoPro Hero, and 360 cameras. My favorite editing programs are Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, and Vectr. I also use an app called InShot to edit photos. I use a Canon PowerShot SX530 HS.
I love to photograph nature, especially the beach at sunset. Also, I have recently started photographing portraits. I like to photograph nature because I think it is beautiful and want to capture it so I can see it later and share it with other people. I like to shoot portraits because I want people to feel confident and have a picture that makes them feel proud to be who they are. In addition, I think it’s really fun to see peoples’ different personalities and the types of photos they want. Whether they want to put on a serious face, or strike a silly pose, it’s a lot of fun to take a wide variety of pictures and make people happy.
And last but not least, some words of advice from our young photographer:
“When trying photography for the first time, the best thing to do is practice, take A LOT of pictures, and be patient. You may not always get the picture you envisioned, but you have to keep trying. Also, taking many pictures will give you a higher chance of getting that perfect shot, and it gives you more practice! What may seem like a subtle difference when taking a photo can actually make a huge difference in the actual picture.” Follow Jaana on Instagram @surf_city_pics