I’ve discovered my ultimate favorite photography style — flat lay. This style of photography has become well-known in the blogging world. I have seen so many creatively taken flat lay photos, that I thought, I would share a few tips with you.
Creating the “perfect” flat lay photo can take a bit of practice and so much patience. The angles, lighting, props for the photos, and knowledge about your DSLR. If you use these 10 tips, you should quickly become a human who knows how to take flat lay photo’s.
1. Get as close to natural light as possible for minimal shadows, and brighter looking photo’s.
2. Use different fabrics or papers for a different background in each flat lay photo.
3. Arrange the objects in the photos several different ways until you find an arrangement that you like and works well in the frame of the camera.
4. Use a steady hand! For this, I like to hold my breath so I can be still while taking pictures. I just can’t stand blurry pictures. (Make sure you give yourself breaks to catch your breath so you don’t pass out haha.)
5. Set your photo on the floor, your bed, or a chair to get the right height above, you’ll be shooting from.
6. Use things like double-sided tape or prestik to keep items from rolling around. I hate especially when taking photos of make up, when the bar code is showing on the items. It looks so unprofessional.
7. Have fun with props. Add things here and there to give your photo a bit more personality. Try stick to the theme of the flat lay you are taking. Nothing is worse than an odd item that doesn’t belong.
8. Space the items out so they have room to breath so they’re not all huddled together and look messy. I tend to love when items are off-center than being focused in the middle of the shot.
9. Create a good balance of big/bright/busy items with small/muted/simple things.
10. Use a simple, plain background to help make the items you’re photographing stand out. A counter top, a sheet, or white foam board. The foam board is available almost anywhere, to make things easier for you.
I hope these tips help you when it comes to taking photos. If you want to see some of my flat lay photos, head over to my Instagram page to check them out.