HOW TO TAKE A FLAT LAY PHOTO

by - 7/25/2018 03:12:00 am


In this post, I want to share with you how I took my flat lay photo in my previous blog post. I'll make it super simple and everyone can definitely do this. Before that, what is flat lay? Flat lay is a unique way to showcase what you own such as your personal items, beauty products, outfit of the day and many more. All of the items are placed and styled on a flat surface and the photo will be taken directly above the flat surface. It's an awesome way to shoot whatever items you want all in one photo. You just need some editings and props that will make your photo 'pop-out' and attractive.

Let's start off with what you need:
1. Phone/Camera
2. Good light source
3. Flat surface
4. Extra prop (flower petals, glitter, make up palette etc.)

Now that you have all of the items needed let's get started. First, you are going to place whatever stuff you want to shoot on a flat surface such as your table, bed or floor. As for me I placed my white bedsheet on the floor and used it as a background to my flat lay. Make sure you have a great light source. You can either use natural light just like I did or a ring light. I placed all of my stuff right in front of my sliding door where the natural was at its best.

Decorate your flat lay with extra props that are related to your main items. For instance, if your main items are stationery then your extra prop can be books, watercolor palette, pens and so on. If you're into makeup products you may use makeup brushes, lipstick or maybe flowers. It depends on your creativity but keep it simple and minimal at the same time, do not overload with props that will make your photo looks messy.

For shooting part, take a picture from directly above your flat lay. Try different angle that looks good depending on the position of your flat lay and your items. Not every item needs to be in the frame. Maybe some of the items can be taken half or quarter as long as your viewers are aware of what type of item you are showing them. Lighting is key, always bare that in your mind.

Next, I'm going to show you how to edit your photo.


EDIT IN SNAPSEED

1. Open your photo in the app. Choose "Tools" and select "Brush".

2. Select "Exposure" and increase it to +0.7. Brush the entire photo. Then lower the exposure to +0.3
    and brush over the items on your flat lay. This may take a while but you'll be satisfied with the
    result *wink

3. This is optional; if your background isn't bright enough you can go to "Selective" tool and tap on
    the area you want to brighten up. Then swipe up and choose saturation. You can increase the
    saturation to make the background brighter.



EDIT IN INSTAGRAM

Open the picture you have edited in Snapseed. Go to edit and choose brightness. Increase it to 24 and sharpen it to 4. You can also edit the contrast, warmth and saturation. For my picture, I just edited its brightness and sharpened it.



Not all pictures are the same, play around with the editing. It'll be very easy once you get the hang of it, believe me. I hope this post can help people out there especially bloggers and Instagrammers to wow your followers with beautiful flat lay on your story and post. Don't forget to tag me if you make one, I'd love to see it and smash that like button <3

Psst! Anyway, I want to do some free printables/freebies for all of you but I really, really need your suggestions. Comment down below what design/type you want. It can be a calendar, memo, header or anything you would like me to make. Thanks in advance!

Bye xoxo

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10 comments

  1. Thank you for the tips! This helps a lot :D

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  2. wow this is so useful! thanks for the tips :D

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  3. this is awesome thank you !! :)

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  4. so nice.. i love this.. thankyou for sharing

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  5. i should this follow your tips since idk how to take a better photo

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    1. yes you should, i bet you'll love taking pic after this ;)

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