A Little Fall Still Life Photography

The good, the random, and the fun....

November is upon us, how did that happen? 

I have been foraging in the garden over the last few months and working on some still life photography. Although it is fun to have neat props, I also enjoy the challenge of finding objects in nature to use in my still life photography. 

Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography

Prop tips...

~ Think outside of the box. I actually use the spoons above for decoration in my home. They used to be tied together with a length of string. I just snipped it and then had several different props to use. Look around your house for props, you'll be amazed what you find. 

~ When you find props in nature do not trow them away when you are done with them. Dry them and save them for a later use. 

~ Think layers with your props. Layers bring depth to your shots, and texture as well. 

Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography

Background tips...

~ My favorite background right now is a set of wooden slats I found at a hobby and craft store. I have thought about nailing them all together, but I like to arrange the colors of each slat according to what I am shooting. 

~ I am on the search for a neat piece of slate to use for a backdrop. Slate is really useful for food shots, just make sure when you purchase a piece it if food grade. You know, so that you can eat the yummies you are taking pictures of later. 

~ I recently had a discussion, in a still life photography group I belong to, about using old cookie sheets for backdrops. I am also on the lookout for those as well. I want ones that are nicely patinated from years of use. 

~My favorite backdrops for front on shots are white and black painters canvas boards. I found a pack of two, for 14 dollars, at a hobby store. I use clamps to hold them tightly together when I need a larger span for the background, or when I want to create a corner to shoot in. 

~ I also use foam boards, and then usually drape them with different scarves (that I picked up cheaply) and cut in half. They tend to be the perfect length without a ton of left over fabric to worry about. Plus, they are light and I usually do not need a clamp them to hold them in place. 

~ Cheesecloth is often a go-too background cloth for me. If you have a hardware store near you, check it out. Usually you can find cheesecloth for super cheap there. A hardware store is also a great place to look for tile pieces, that are on sale, that can be used for backdrops as well. 

Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography

Life Thru the Lens 44/52... finding fall

Fall is my favorite season of the year. From the cool crisp days, to the whisper of the leaves as they tumble to the ground, fall brings solitude to my soul.

Fall is the season that brings a tangible meaning to the word hope in my life; it is no coincidence that the Creator who splashes the earth with color would chose to begin our new journey in this season. 

#findingfall on Lisa.Kerner... click through to see more on Instagram.

#findingfall on Lisa.Kerner... click through to see more on Instagram.

And so, during the chaotic stress of transition I began to seek out fall, to find hope. When my mind wonders to the unknown of our future... where we will we live next? when will we find a new job? what will our new life look like?... that is when I choose to be purposeful in the hunt for the evidence of faith. 

A waterfall cascading among the turning leaves. 

Mustard yellow marking the bark of the change of the season. 

A river gushing with the rush of color.

The echo of the rustle of the pines in the wind.

The smell of new rain trickling down the needles of the giants standing guard over the river. 

Hope comes in many forms, if you have the faith to see it. 

Life Thru the Lens

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.


~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.


I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Our World TuesdayTexture Twist,  Wednesday Aroudn the World, Check Out That View and Sweet Shot Tuesday

Life Thru the Lens 42 & 43/52

Life Thru the Lens will be back in two weeks on November 2nd. 

“The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

Be sure to play catch up with each other as I take the next two two weeks off to get settled in to our new adventure.