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Shanna June

Shanna June

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Photographer Feature | Yoanna Zarkin

Today it is our absolute pleasure to introduce a very special young lady who goes by the name of Yoanna Zarkin. Yoanna is 15 years old and was born to take photos. Her attention to detail and how comfortable she is with a camera is mind blowing. Yoanna’s one and only inspiration is Annie Leibovitz, her favorite Preset Shop tool is Retrograde and she loves VSCO CAM for iPhone. Enjoy!

Good vibes and endless inspiration,
Preset Shop Team


Who is Yoanna Zarkin?

I’m 15 years old and I’m currently a high school student.

Where do you call home?

I call home Mexico – the place where I was born.

What is your current state of mind?

My current state of mind is learning. I always like to teach myself something different every day.

How long have you been taking pictures?

I started to take pictures one year ago, but I’ve always been interested in photography.

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Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

How would you describe your style?

This question took me a lot of time to think about.. My favorite pictures are the ones I take in black and white as it is something I always want to capture, it also can help me with the details.

How important is art to you? 

Art for me is something that expresses many things, and expressing yourself is very important. I express myself through art everyday by either taking pictures, or ballet dancing.

What’s your take on Instagram?

Instagram is one of my favorite apps because I can create my own personal account with all the personal pictures I have been taking.

What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?

Take pictures everyday; practice with different angles and light. Experiment with the exposure and diaphragm, low or high.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photography?

All around the world at every angle, and location at least one picture has been taken already. One of my purposes, and definitely the most challenging part about photography is to capture something unique, something different that will inspire other people to be unique too. I always try to take pictures to express my personality.

Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

How do you educate yourself to take better photos? 

I educate myself by using a disposable camera because you never know how the pictures are going to look. This is also the way I learnt how to use the exposure and diaphragm.

What is your favorite recent image you have shot recently? Can you describe its creation in regards to location, lighting, composition, camera settings etc?

One of the most recent, and favorite pictures I have taken is this one, with my brother. My goal for this picture was to capture the neon lights behind him. This picture was taken in Fifth Avenue, NY. The lighting on this picture was low making the ISO 800, the exposure was 1/30 secs and the diaphragm was 2.2.

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What type of camera do you shoot with?

A Nikon D7000.

What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?

My Polaroid. 

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

50mm. I like to take pictures with a low diaphragm, and the 50mm lets me take them at 1.8.

What is your favorite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?

VSCO CAM for iPhone

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

I don’t really use Photoshop; I use Lightroom for all of my pictures either to retouch them, or to add color filters.

Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

Cos we just have to ask…!! What is your favorite +PS tool?? And how has it improved workflow time? 

Easy question. Retrograde is my favorite one. My first purchase in Preset shop was Faded Film, that helped me to play with my pictures, adding or hiding lights. When I got Retrograde I wanted Retrograde BW straight after!

Can you briefly describe for the readers your photographic workflow after a shoot?

Normally after taking pictures I drink or eat something. I also take a long time to think about the pictures, as I never want to see them directly from the camera after I have just spent hours taking them. I like to take time to refresh my mind. After a few hours or even days I upload the pictures to my computer and I look at them with a calm refreshed mind; so that I can fix every detail in every picture. 

Each of us has someone or something, which inspires our life and work. Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration?

My one and only inspiration is Annie Leibovitz. I love her photographs, and all aspects of them. The moment she takes hold of a camera she creates perfection without all the extra equipment.

If you could be invisible for one day with your camera… 

I would photograph all NY celebrities.

A photographer you look up to?

Everyone – I believe that every person has a unique style. There is always something special between the person and the camera. 

Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

Yoanna Zarkin Preset Shop Photographer Feature

Sunny days lying on the grass or rainy days sipping tea?

I can work with both. Normally on a sunny day I can capture different colors of light, for example white, yellow, orange and red. On a rainy day I can take simple pictures with a 50mm focusing on a cup of tea, or a pastry or even a person looking out a window with a rainy dark sky. 

Something that is overrated?

A photographic studio with a lot of lights and loads of equipment. 

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