Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Flowers & Yarn - Frugal Still Life Photography

We are in week 3 of Cheryl's Frugal Still Life Photography class and this week's guest blogger, Barb Brookbanks, shared her set-up and photo using three objects. Cheryl encouraged us to try a still life with three objects. Taking inspiration from Barb's photo of a vase, some twine, and a pair of scissors, I chose a vase with fake flowers that Pun'kin Natashia made for me as a gift when I graduated with my master's degree. I looked around my craft room and chose two rolls of yarn to complement the vase & flowers.

Here's a look at my photos straight out of the camera.

This week I used a chair with a throw over it as my backdrop and set up the tripod for my photo shoot. Here's a look at my set-up with light coming in from the window.
The background throw is actually a very dark brown, so I pulled one of my photos into Photoshop Elements and played around with the levels, cropped it down, and added a quote.

I'm enjoying this workshop and the inspiration to try some still life photos. I've also enjoyed seeing other interpretations of each week's prompts. If you missed this class, Cheryl will be offering it as a self-paced class beginning March 1 - registration opens February 15 and there's a discount if you sign up before class starts. Click here for all the details.


Maria Ontiveros said...

These are all so wonderful. It's amazing to me how much different they look just by changing the tail of the yarn.
I really have to get my tripod/mono pod out to play with next week.
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Cheryl M said...

Oh good for you Melissa for making small changes and playing with your setup. They're all good but I like the one with the quote! So glad you're enjoying the workshop!

Debbie P said...

Love this Melissa! Awesome job! It is just beautiful!

Karen said...

Beautiful! I'm a fan of the one with the quote as well.

Cheri said...

What a great set-up Melissa. Your colors really pop off that background!

alexa said...

Such great colours together - they really vibrate against your darker background. I am enjoying your class vicariously :).

Missus Wookie said...

I like the colours here - look so sunny, great quote too. I am enjoying the class too.

Sian said...

That quote fits in there perfectly.

Nina said...

Beautiful colors! The dark background makes the colors to stand out even more brighter!