A Flat Lay Photo is definitely one of my favorite types of photos to take, create and share. They are almost like a little puzzle or art piece. Instagram was the platform that really introduced me to the “flat lay”. Now you may be thinking to yourself, “What is a flat lay photo?”. A flat lay photo is one that is taken from above to showcase specific items or a themed group of items to express a mood, color way or showcase favorites (This is my definition at least). I personally think that learning from words can be pretty tricky when it comes to photo subjects, thus I created a video for your viewing pleasure! Below the video is also some written tips you may want to take a peak at when your finished.
Tips & Tricks
01. Choosing a Background
When it comes to choosing your background, the simpler the better. I personally love using just solid background such as large sheets of poster board. If you don’t have those handy, using a solid surface such as a table, floor, cement, bedding and so on can work perfectly. Textured backgrounds such as wood grain, marble or woven blankets are also lovely so keep that in mind if your items needs that extra added interest.
Fillers honestly make a flay lay. I think the more you can aesthetically fit in a flat lay photo, the more a viewer stays interested. Adding small fillers like rings, rocks, envelopes, book text, dainty jewelry and other small objects to fill in blank space is necessary for some photos that may lack a lot of visual interest. Play around with your placement and add fillers as needed to achieve the perfect photo!
03. Focal Length
The more the merrier! When you go to shoot your flat lay, make sure to shoot the photo up close and also farther away. Most of us have heard of the crop tool, thus allowing ourselves a large flat lay to work with is much better when it comes to editing. I personally shoot my flat lays from far away, sometimes including random background scenery that isn’t a part of the photo at all. This really lets me go in and crop the photo to the size I want and doesn’t leave me hooked to one focal length.
Do you have any tips to taking the perfect flat lay? Leave them in the comments below!