Jay Manning Lume Cube Ambassador

Jay Manning

Jay Manning (@_jaymanning) is a San Diego based photographer who captures the beauty of the waves, coastline, and more. The saying that Jay truly lives and photographs by "Aloha Always". You can catch him in the early hours of the morning with a cup of Costa Rican blend coffee in hand, looking for the next epic wave to share with his community.

teal wave in ocean

What made you want to become a photographer?

I don’t know what made me become a photographer. Seeing images no one else could actually feel is something that drew me to photography. Being inside a wave with a GoPro, not a lot of people actually know what that feels like or even looks like and I wanted to share that with others.

How and why are you using Lume Cubes in your work?

I use Lume Cubes when I shoot a lot of Astro images and especially when I shoot Macro. The ability to move the lighting and adjust the amount of lighting is essential to getting a quality shot. Lume Cubes are totally waterproof so I use them in the water a lot as well.

Who are you inspired by?

I was inspired by Shaun Smith and Beau Johnson and their wave photos with their GoPro’s. My mind was blown by seeing their glassy images of waves doing incredible things.

If you weren’t a photographer? What would you be instead?

I am actually not a photographer, I have a full-time JOB in the automotive industry. One day I’ll become a photographer, need a lot more practice and time.

If you could only shoot with ONE lens-type for the rest of your life, which would it be? Fisheye, wide-angle, prime, zoom, macro, or a telephoto lens?

If I had one lens… I think it would be the 70-200mm f2.8.This lens is pretty versatile and I love the compression the lens provides when zooming all the way in.

What is your go-to camera?

Sony A7Riii, I’ve been a Sony shooter since the first A6000 came out.

How do you keep your photos fresh and new?

TRAVEL! Right now I am a little stagnate with always having to photograph our beautiful San Diego coastline, I know it sounds ridiculous. Change things up, shoot with one lens for the day and just have fun. If you’re not having fun, don’t do it!

You have an undeniable passion for life, how do you stay positive? Any tips?

Having health issues many years ago, I know what it feels like to almost have everything taken from you. Only one outlook on life now, ALOHA ALWAYS! I try and spend a lot of time with my family and MAKE time for my friends. Time is more precious than anything else you can give another human being!

white sand desert under sunset

What is your preferred editing software?

I’m not too savvy on editing software so I usually stick to Lightroom.

Coffee or tea?

Costa Rican Blend Cafe!

If you could photograph anything in the world (person, place, thing, etc), what would it be?

Elephants in Africa

What is your favorite thing about Photography?

The ability to capture moments others may never have seen before and have them feel like they were there with me.

What is your least favorite thing about Photography?


Where is the next place that you want to shoot with Lume Cubes at and how would you use the Cubes?

Paris in March at night!

Any pieces of advice for someone that is just starting out in the photography world?

Practice, Practice, Practice… Never get down on yourself, no one is perfect and you’ll learn something new every time you bring your camera out!

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