3.24.2015

Wordless Wednesday: Amazing Aquarium

by Mary Denman  @MaryDenman


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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! 

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Sting Ray by Mary Denman Photography

3.20.2015

Photo Tip Friday: Blurring the Background, Part 1

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman



Laura Denman by Mary Denman Photography

Have you ever seen photos where the subject is nice and clear while the background had a soft, blurry feel to it? Today, I'm going to give you some tips on how to create that effect in your pictures. 

This is my girl. I love her smile. 

Let's get started! 



3.17.2015

Wordless Wednesday: Sunrise, Sunrise

by Mary Denman  @MaryDenman

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Last week was on taking better action shots. View it here.
1 week ago was on the direction of lighting. View it here. 

We were on vacation last week at the beach.
One morning, the clouds broke and this is what I saw......
All the shots but one are totally unedited. 

It. Was. Gorgeous. 
FOOTNOTE: The water was in the 50's...yes, i got my feet wet for some of the shots! What a photographer must do!!!


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Beach sunrise by MARY DENMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

3.15.2015

Monday's Musings: "Thank You" Doesn't Have an Expiration Date

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman


My dear father-in-law, Larry Denman
I learned an incredible lesson from a dying man. 

"Thank you" doesn't have an expiration date. 

In June of 2012, my father-in-law was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was immediately put in Hospice care. They gave him 4-6 months to live. 

While it was a shock to the rest of us, my father-in-law took it really, really well. He decided to keep living as long as he he had breath. 

Literally. 

3.12.2015

Photo Tip Friday: Tips to Take Better Action Shots

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman


Scott in action by Mary Denman Photography
Have you ever seen great action shots and wondered how the photographer captured them? Well, I have a couple of tips for you today to help you learn to take better action shots. 

They may seem simple, but they can really help you get the photos you want! 

Let's get started.


3.10.2015

Wordless Wednesday: Moonlit Church

by Mary Denman     @MaryDenman

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Last week was on the direction of lighting. View it here. 

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Lighting is everything....
Isn't this gorgeous?

These are the last of my Belfort shots.
I'll be moving on to spring photos!! 
The daffodils are blooming!

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PS: I'M ON VACATION (YAY) WITH LIMITED INTERNET.
I PROMISE I READ EVERY COMMENT AND THEY MEAN A LOT TO ME.
I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET OUT AND ABOUT QUITE AS MUCH THIS WEEK.

HAPPY WORDLESS WEDNESDAY!


Mary Denman Photography

3.09.2015

Monday's Musings: Helen Keller Quote is an Inspiration to Overcome Suffering

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman


Mary Denman Photography
My one word for 2015 is overcome. For those of you who haven't yet heard of the one word movement, it's one word for the year instead of lots of New Year resolutions. 

It's been a couple of months now, and I still need to remember my word when things get hard. To remind me to stand firm and overcome the trials that pop up. 

Because really, life is never going to be easy. There are going to be great moments in life. But there will always be challenges. 

I, for one, am tired of giving in to the challenges. 

3.06.2015

Photo Tip Friday: The Direction of Lighting

by Mary Denman      @MaryDenman


Mary Denman Photography
One of the most important factors in great photography is understanding lighting, lighting, lighting. 

Bad lighting will ruin a great shot. While there is more that can be done with digital photography to correct bad lighting, understanding lighting goes a lot further to creating great photography.

So today we're going to go over some examples that will help you see how the direction of lighting can affect your photography. 

We're going to see what happens when light is directly behind your subject, at side angle to your subject, and in front of your subject.

Let's get started.

3.03.2015

Wordless Wednesday: Reflections of A Day

by Mary Denman     @MaryDenman

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Today's pictures are from one day while I was in Belfort, France. 
From some sun to snow! 
It was wonderful!! 

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Reflections of a churchy Mary Denman Photography

2.28.2015

Photo Tip Friday: 3 Tips for Using Strong Lines in Your Photography

by Mary Denman     @MaryDenman

Do you ever wonder what makes a compelling photograph? One way to catch attention is with strong lines. Used well, they make a picture stand out.

If you look around, you can probably find them right where you are. 

Let's look at some examples.

PHOTO 1: Stairs and snow by Mary Denman Photography
PHOTO 1: As I was climbing these stairs, in the snow, the stairs themselves caught my eye. Why? Because of the symmetry, strong lines, color, and roughness of the stones in contrast to the snow. Not only is the falling snow soft and round, but the collecting snow is uneven. This helps create contrast between the two objects. 

The color of the stones is actually a fairly warm brown, again, in contrast to the cold, white snow. 

In photo 1, the predominant lines run horizontally.