I’m totally hooked to this popular style of adding elements on a photo and shooting it from above which I’ve also seen on brands’ accounts, glossy spreads and even on my favorite bloggers’ feeds. I may be no expert on this but since I’ve been practicing my photography skill (LOL) lately inspired by this Instagram craze, I want to share with you these tips on how to master that perfect flat lay photo.Choose a THEME. Weekend #OOTD? Sumptuous lunch? Travel must-haves? Show exactly what you’re trying to say with a single theme. You may not want to leave your viewers puzzled with too many different elements.
Let there be LIGHT. Natural light is my ultimate best friend as I need not worry on unflattering shadows and noise lurking on my flat lay masterpiece. Take the photo near a natural light source (you may set it up near a big window) as this will highlight all the details and create a clear photo.
Play with BACKGROUND. Solid white space is the most common foundation of flat lay but working on different backgrounds may help you find your own style. Try using wallpapers, wooden floorboard/table or simply your bed cover.
Prettify in PROPS. Gone are the days of clearing all the stuff on table just to capture that one and only apple of your eye. Spice up your flat lays by adding textures and elements relevant to your theme. Experiment with condiments, make-up tools, flowers and color blocking.
Stand and SHOOT. One of the risks I’ve willingly taken in mastering flat lay photo is to shoot literally from above – means standing from a chair and positioning myself just to perfectly capture the full and fresh version of our meals (despite being gutom much). Shoot with steady hands and if possible, hold your breath for a moment. Haha.
Crop and EDIT. If you plan to have your flat lays in a square format, set up and fit all of your items into a large square when shooting or simply crop the photo using Instagram app or Square option (camera) for iPhone users. To make it more vibrant, do some enhancements using photo editing app – VSCOCam for the win! Also, try using Fotor or Snapseed depending on your preference.
Practice and HAVE FUN. Don’t be afraid to experiment and take a number of shots until you get it right and most importantly, have fun!
*Visit Flatlays on Instagram for more inspirations.