Photo Tip Friday: 5 Tips for Taking Better Food Photos with a Cell Phone

By Mary Denman
Coffee by Mary Denman Photography

Today's photography tips are going to be about taking better restaurant food pictures with your cell phone camera. 

There's been an explosion of people doing both undercover food reviews for their blogs and more people wanting to do reviews for sites like TripAdvisor. Both of these require photos to do justice to the food and reviews. 

So, let's go over some tips on how to get great restaurant food shots and what to watch out for! 


Wordless Wednesday: The Masters at Augusta National

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman

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I got to go the MASTERS practice rounds on Wednesday, 8 April 2015.....
It was so cool to see the golfers with their kids, Tiger Woods included!!
There were several errant balls on our hole. 
One man got hit on his shin and got 2 signed golf balls, AND got invited to actually putt a few times right there with the players!!
I think he was glad he got hit!! 

I'm not name dropping (cough, cough) but we saw: Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Player, Fred Couples, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn, Ray Floyd, and Condoleezza Rice...

And, once I can watch the tutorial on how to start my photography website, you'll be able to see more pictures from the Masters! 
I'll keep you posted on that! 

Ben Crenshaw, Gary Player at the Masters by Mary Denman


Monday's Musings: Helen Keller Inspiration - Overcoming Obstacles

by MaryDenman   @MaryDenman

Helen Keller quote - photo by Mary Denman

I'll be honest. I don't like failure. Not many people do. 

How does it happen? 

We try something. 

We hit obstacles. Some of our own making. Some from others. 

We struggle. 

We fail. 

Question: Do we try again or quit? 


Photo Tip Friday: Tips for Taking Unique Photos

by Mary Denman       @MaryDenman

Masters by Mary Denman Photography

Today, I want to talk to you about taking unique shots. I was able to attend the Wednesday practice round at the Masters at Augusta Nationals this week! It includes a par 3 tournament.

One of the best parts about attending the practice rounds is that cameras are allowed. About 30 - 40,000 patrons a day attend. Thousands and thousands, armed with cameras. So what could make my shots different? How could I stand out? 

I was only taking the pictures for me and my family, and to share here. So why was I thinking about unique photos? Because I keep pushing myself to be a better photographer. To see picture opportunities others might miss. To document the feel of the event. 

So let's run through these shots and see why I took them. 


Wordless Wednesday: Spring at Biltmore

by Mary Denman    @marydenman

Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday.

I will read and enjoy all comments left below...
But I won't be able to answer them this week because...drumroll please....
I will be at the MASTERS on Wednesday!!
No phones allowed! But I can take pictures with my camera and I promise I will!!
I'll post them next week!



Spring at Biltmore by Mary Denman


Photo Tip Friday: Tips for Changing Perspective and Improving your Photography

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Tulips to help teach perspective by Mary Denman

Today's post will be looking at these 4 tulips to illustrate how perspective affects your photography. 


Because these flowers are in a fixed location, it will be easy to show you how much your perspective can change what your pictures can look like. 

Using different perspectives can make the difference between a bad, good, or great photo! 

NOTE: All of the photos today were taken during one day,  either at 11:45 am or 6:15 pm. None of them have been edited except for cropping. 

Let's get started.


Wordless Wednesday: Sharks in the Water!!

by Mary Denman  @MaryDenman

Shark by Mary Denman Photography

Thanks for dropping by for Wordless Wednesday..

I saw sharks in the water!!!!!!!

Well, I did!! 
I just wasn't IN the water with them! 
I was at Ripley's Aquarium in SC.
Got some great shots of the sharks and other creatures, though. 
Enjoy. :)

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Monday's Musings: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

I’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award by a writing friend and awesome blogger, Edie Melson of The Write Conversation. (Check her blog out, you'll learn something!)

Edie and I have know each other for several years. We're writing and blogging buddies from way back. We started our blogs at the same time. She found her voice helping others with blogging and writing fairly quickly. It took me a while, but I kept going till I found my passion to blog about. She has encouraged and mentored me along the way. Thanks Edie!!

The Rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. 
2. Put the Award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate five blogs.

Thanks for nominating me, Edie! You know how much I love you and your blog!



Photo Tip Friday: Blurring the Background, Part 2

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Two of my sons goofing off by Mary Denman Photography
Welcome back for Part 2 of Blurring the Background. 

Last week in Part 1, we went over how the distance between your subject and the background can make a difference in how blurred the backdrop is. I'll have a link for that at the end of this post. 

But today, I'm going to talk about how to use the zoom feature of your camera to blur the background. 

Let's get started. 


Wordless Wednesday: Amazing Aquarium

by Mary Denman  @MaryDenman

Thanks for dropping by for Wordless Wednesday!

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Last week was on blurring the background, part 1. View it here.

While on vacation, we stopped by the Aquarium....
Next week will be the shark shots! 


Sting Ray by Mary Denman Photography