How to Take a Flat-Lay Photo

Today I am going to share with you my tips on how to take a perfect flat-lay photo! What is a flat-lay photo you may ask? Well, it’s a photo from a birds eye view of objects placed on a plain background. Here are some examples of flat-lays that I have taken:


 

TAKE YOUR PHOTOS IN NATURAL DAYLIGHT

Taking your photos in natural daylight will prevent blurry and dark shadows. In some of these photos there are shadows, but they are more natural and because they are in daylight, they are less blurry. Daylight also enhances the colours and textures of the objects that you are taking photos of.

USE A GOOD QUALITY CAMERA

Of course you don’t absolutely have to use  professional $500 camera to take a good photo, but the quality of the photo definitely depends on what type of camera you use. I personally use my iPhone 6S Plus to take my flat-lay photos and only on occasion I will use a professional Nikon camera.

USE A WHITE, PLAIN, OR CONSISTENT PATTERNED BACKGROUND

I personally like to take my flat-lays on white or white marble surfaces, but a small pattern is fine too, as long as it is consistent throughout the photo. The example image above in the top right corner uses a patterned background that I actually made myself, but the objects on top are more or less plain and small, making for a good contrast.

USE PROPS

I call them “props” because they might not always be the main objects that your photo is focussing on. For example, the photo of the Gucci Soho Disco bag has a candle as a prop, yet it is not the star of the photo, the bag is. Props can include:

  • flowers
  • magazines
  • candles
  • MacBooks, iPhones, or iPads
  • jewellery

ALLOW FOR WHITE SPACE IN YOUR PHOTO

White space is pretty self-explanatory, you don’t want a bunch of clutter in your photos or on your Instagram feed so make sure that you have decently sized spaces between your objects.

USE TAPE ON CYLINDER SHAPED OR ROUND OBJECTS

Obviously if you place a rollerball perfume or a pen on a flat surface it will roll away, so a small piece of tape comes in very handy when you want to take a photo. Just make sure that you can’t actually see it.

EDIT YOUR BACKGROUND

Once you have take the photo you can actually edit the background to get rid of any spots or dullness. For example the right-side photo below is clearly edited, and I’ve done this so that the background matches my white theme on Instagram. You can simply whiten your backgrounds or brighten them to make them stand out more. I also suggest that you use an acne spot remover on any editing app to remove spots from your background.


I hope that these tips help you take amazing flat-lay photos! If you have other tips let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

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