5.20.2016

Photo Tip Friday: Portrait versus Landscape, Part 1

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman
There are two main orientations of your camera in photography: portrait and landscape. 

When composing a picture, it's good to know if one orientation will produce a better shot. 

There are rarely hard and fast rules in photography, so it's good to understand the strengths of using each orientation. 


As you learn more about when to each of them, your photography will improve. 

Let's get started.

5.17.2016

Wordless Wednesday: Graduation Time!

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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In May, we celebrated 2 graduations in our family:
 My son from Gardner Webb University and my daughter from high school. 
She starts college in the fall. 
We're very proud of them both! 
Our son graduated from college! 

5.13.2016

Photo Tip Friday: Change your Perspective in Photography and Move

by Mary Denman @MaryDenman

Today, I want to teach you about moving around to get different perspectives in your photos. 

I have a beautiful rhododendron in my yard. It's amazing how the time of day, cloud cover and perspective can produce such varied pictures. 

In this series, I used the same cluster of flowers at the top of bush and moved around it, photographing over two day's time from different angles and in different lighting conditions to show you how many variations you can create. 

I think this will help you see how important it is for you to move while doing photography to take different angles of the same subject.  

Let's get started. 


5.10.2016

Wordless Wednesday: Author Head Shots

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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Prior photography  tips:

I take overall conference shots and head shots for authors. 
Here are some recent photos for my good friend and conference Director, Edie Melson.
Check out her personal blog for fantastic writing and social media tips!


Edie Melson

5.06.2016

Photo Tip Friday: Tips for Taking Great Mother's Day Photos

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman
Throughout the year, we have very special holidays to celebrate those we love. 

In the US, Mother's Day is this Sunday, 8 May 2016. 

Often, that means family get togethers with mom. It's an opportunity to photograph your loved ones and document your time spent together. 

So today's tips are designed to help you record Mother's Day and other special family get togethers! 


Let's get started. 

5.03.2016

Wordless Wednesday: Grandpa's Irises and Dogwood

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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Here is a gorgeous dogwood and my grandfather's irises that our family has continued on for over 50 years. 
Dogwood in Spring

4.29.2016

Photo Tip Friday: Learn the Craft of Photography, Practice and Have Fun!

by Mary Denman     @MaryDenman

Recently, I was asked to talk about my personal photographic journey. About how I developed my style. How changing technology has impacted my photography. 

I'm so glad I was asked.

Why? 

I was surprised by what I found, and I think it might be encouraging to you!

Let's compare some photos I took in 1997 with my old print film cameras versus some 2016 shots taken with my current camera. 

Honestly, I'm surprised people told me I was a good photographer back then! 

4.26.2016

Wordless Wednesday: Traveling with our Puppy

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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Prior photography  tips:

Prior Monday's Musings:

I got to go see my dad this past weekend! 
Liam was ready to travel!
Dad had fun with Liam.
The irises are blooming.
Overall, a great weekend!

Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Liam, ready to travel! 

4.25.2016

Monday's Musings: Perspective can Change so Much...

by Mary Denman      @MaryDenman


"Why do we have a walker and shower chair here? That's what grandmas and grandpas use." Not my son's most sensitive thing to say. Yet, it was accurate. 

He had seen his grandparents use pieces of equipment just like these. He was surprised that I had bought them for me. 

Honestly, I understood his sentiment. For a moment, I felt older...much older. 


I had a feeling of not being strong. 

Of not being able to make my body do what I told it to do. 


Of needing help.



4.22.2016

Photo Tip Friday: What is Golden Hour in Photography? Part 2

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman

Golden Hour is a magical time in photography. 

It occurs twice a day. It’s the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. Because of the position of the sun near the horizon, the rays have to travel through the most atmosphere and this creates long shadows and soft, golden light.

Last week in part 1,we talked about Golden Hour and how the light is different than the rest of the day. 

This week, I want to show you how to use this time to create warm, magical shots.


Let’s get started.