By Amy Cherry 6:44pm, July 23, 2013 - Updated 7:48pm, July 23, 2013
Kathryn Hartley poses with the two trophies she won at the national TSA competition.Kathryn Hartley has a good eye and a natural knack for photography.
The incoming freshman at Caesar Rodney High School has taken home top honors in the Technology Student Association's national digital photography contest.
"You're going against everybody from the nation as well as a few other countries, so it's really exciting that all of your hard work really paid off," she says.
The kinds of pictures she's taking require a lot more skill than a simple point-and-shoot.
"So you have to find the main part in the picture, and then with a DSLR, you can blur out the background in the picture, you can make some parts brighter than others, and you just realy have to be able to know your camera," Hartley explains.
Her photos aren't works of art with just the snap of the shutter. Hartley uses Photoshop to fine tune her images.
"Whether you're changing the background and really change the whole picture, or you're making parts of it black and white, or you're just trying to crop it and make it a little bit brighter," she says.
She hopes her photos spark surprise in people as a smile curls across their lips.
"You want them to feel like they're seeing something more than just a picture. You find something in the picture that stands out, it means something different," says Hartley.
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