Life Happens Fast...Which Can be a Good Thing

by Mary Denman. @MaryDenman

Life happens fast sometimes and I've found myself on a bit journey. So, with very limited internet, I'll be back to blogging around Feb 9-11. 

Also my daughter is having surgery in early February so my focus will be on caring for her. 

I look forward to seeing you in February! 


PS... Here's a picture from my birthday dinner with my husband. Yes, it was as good as it looks! 


PHOTO TIP FRIDAY: Learning to Deal with Over or Under Exposed Photos

by Mary Denman @MaryDenman

Have you ever had problems with pictures being over or under exposed? I’d love to help you understand why it happens and how to compensate for it. 

Today is Part 1 in a series to help you tackle this problem.

I’m going to start by quickly touching on the different factors that affect a picture: Tv (Time Value), Av (Aperture Value), or ISO (speed of the ‘film’).

At the end of today’s post, I’ll leave links to older posts on Av, Tv, and ISO that go into more detail on each of them. 

Once you understand how the Time, Aperture and ISO affect your photos, you will have some options for correcting the over/under exposure problem. 

Let’s get started. 


Wordless Wednesday: Brilliant Sunset

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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This week will be about understanding exposure and how to avoid over and under exposure. 

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Here's a recent sunset...

Gorgeous sunset by Mary Denman Photography


Monday's Musings: One Word Instead of New Year's Resolutions

by Mary Denman      @MaryDenman

Flowers growing in a wall by Mary Denman Photography
A new year has begun. 2015 is here to stay.

Many people make New Year's Resolutions. Maybe you have. I stopped even trying a few years ago because I failed so miserably at them.

Then, I heard of a very different approach. 

Instead of making lists, you choose one word.

One word for your whole year.

One word to challenge you. To help you focus.

Sometime in December, my word popped into my head. Along with a Bible verse to accompany it. 

I'm simultaneously excited and scared. 


Photo Tip Friday: Tips to Help Take Great Head Shots

by Mary Denman @MaryDenman

Brian Bird, Producer
As a photographer, I love interacting with people. Each photo shoot is a little different than any other shoot I've done.

At Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, I've been the photographer for both the overall conference and for authors who need head shots to use on their business cards, their blogs and their book jackets.

How can this apply to your photography? Let me share a few tips I use to take head shots and apply this to your everyday photography.


Wordless Wednesday: Warm Memories

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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Here are some warm memories from Christmas! 

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Bonfire by Mary Denman Photography


Photo Tips Friday: Practical Tips for Being Prepared to Take Great Photos

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Lake Como, Italy by Mary Denman Photography
Since you're reading this blogpost, I'll assume for the moment that you've been taking pictures for a while. And, like the fishermen that talk about the one that got away, you, too, probably have a story of the picture you almost got, but then. . . . 

I have both: the story of the large mouth bass that spit the pink lure back at me while he happily sailed through the air and returned to freedom in the lake and the story of the wedding pictures that were done as a favor for a friend in college that didn't come out. 

What did I learn from my mistakes? Tips that were hard earned!

All it takes is one moment when you can't take the amazing, important shot right in front of you that helps you realize how critical being prepared is. So here's a quick list to help you be prepared. 


Wordless Wednesday - A Gorgeous Girl

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 
I'm back! 

I had a nice break with my family and I'm ready to blog again!

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So, here's a gorgeous girl I got to do a photo shoot with....
This is my girl Laura. :)

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Happy New Year!!!
Mary Denman Photography


Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Memories

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

But today's post will have words! 
I'm combining Wordless Wednesday and my Photo Tip about holiday/family shots.

Why you may ask? 

Well, I have all my kids home for the holidays.
I want to focus on them for the next couple of weeks so I need to step away from blogging for a couple of weeks.

So...I will return for Wordless Wednesday around Jan. 5.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah!

Do you see the reflection of the tree in his eyes?


Wordless Wednesday: Wanna Build a Snowman?

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 
This snowman is my wishful thinking....
He showed up last year in January.
I'm wishing he'll come back in December.
But I live in the South, hence the wishful thinking!

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This Friday will be about taking holiday/family shots. 
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Isn't he just adorable??