How To Master Flat-lay Photography For Instagram Or Blog

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We all know that one of the best ways to portray your current situation, the products you are currently loving, the outfit you’ll wear for the day, etc. It’s through flat-lay photography.

But with flat-lay photography, it isn’t all fun and games. Normally they are carefully curated and styled photographs so they can take a little time and a few mistakes here and there to achieve the final desired look. It’s trial and error basically.

But I’m going to show you some of my tips to make your life easier and your flat-lay photos prettier. Here we go!

USE NATURAL LIGHT

It doesn’t really matter what kind of photography you are shooting. Light is the most important thing to consider when holding a camera. It can make or break your photos.

For flat-lay photography, I find natural lighting works best. But I also love a good studio flat-lay. The thing with studio photography is that you’ll need to invest in more gear, and natural light it’s free!

THE CLEANER THE BACKGROUND THE BETTER

Since you are going to play with a lot of props, if you have a really noisy background the result is going to be too much. Of course, you do you. But I just find that it’s better to add the texture needed with the props themselves instead.

LEAVE NEGATIVE SPACE STRATEGICALLY

Negative space is the empty space you leave between all the objects. This works mainly because it gives balance and composition to the photo. But it can also work so you can add text later inside that negative space.

COLOR COORDINATE

It’s easier to make a cohesive flat-lay if some colors match throughout the flat-lay. Whether it is by repeating the same colors or maybe by using complementary colors (opposites in the color wheel).

PICK A THEME | TELL A STORY

Of course, a flat-lay can work by throwing in props here and there. But it is much more appealing to the eye if you tell a story. Say, it’s a flat-lay about a trip. So maybe your props would be a map, some polaroids, plane tickets, passports, etc. That would make much more sense than throwing in your concealer, a pan, your keyboard, and your shoe randomly.

I hope these tips will help you and if you have any questions or want to share your own tips, please do so in the comments below!

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Lanae Bond
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This is one of the things I struggle with. I think I need to have more practice and things would get better. Thank you for the tips.

Austen Tosone
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I really like these tips! I don’t often do flatlays for Instagram but I know they work well on my blog or on Pinterest too!
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Farrah
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hahaha, this is something I really need to work on. :[ Great tips!

Caitlin | Beauty & Colour
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Awesome tips, I love a good flat lay!

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