Creating the “perfect” flat lay photo can take a little bit of practice and so much patience; the angles, lighting, props for the photos, and knowledge about your DSLR. But if you use these 10 tips, you should quickly become a human that knows how to take flat lay photo’s…
- Get as close to natural light as possible for minimal shadows, and brighter looking photos.
- Use different fabrics or papers for a different background in each flat lay photo.
- 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.
- 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, and don’t forget to have a good hair day, when purchasing a straightener for your hair try to but the one that gives you less freeze )
- Set your photo on the floor, your bed, or a chair to get the right height above you’ll be shooting.
- Use things like double-sided tape or prestik to keep items from rolling around. I hate especially when taking photos of makeup, when the barcode is showing on the items. It looks so unprofessional.
- 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 in the flat lay.
- Space the items out so they have room to breathe 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.
- Create a good balance of big/bright/busy items with small/muted/simple things.
- 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.
By: Victoria de Costa