I’m writing this post because I was asked how I take my flat lay photos for Instagram. But before I start sharing my tips and tricks with you, I need to clarify that I’m not a pro. Some methods might be “wrong”. Nevertheless, I still want to share 7 tips with you which work perfectly fine for me. Please bear in mind that you don’t need a fancy or expensive lens to take flat lays (I used to take pics with my iPhone until the phone storage got full), getting creative and playing with your camera are the only things you need to do!
1. Natural light
Natural light is your best friend! I always take pictures in natural light so I don’t need extra equipment.
Choose a plain, clean background. When in doubt, opt for white. You can never go wrong with it. If you would like to play with textures, choose a rug or laminate floors as your background.
3. Camera grid
Most people use grid lines to apply the rules of thirds. I’m using those lines for my so called ‘symmetrical’ flat lays. Extra tip: use a ruler if you want to be more precise.
4. Aspect ratio
Getting tired of cropping images? Adjust your camera settings! In order to create square images for Instagram, I simply select 1:1 aspect ratio.
Try to keep the colour balance. If you have more than 1 item to display, make sure to add at least 1 neutral colour to your photo (e.g. white+yellow+pastel blue).
The best way to find the perfect shot is to shoot from different angles.
7. Practice makes perfect!!
Now it’s YOUR turn! If you have Instagram and you find my tips useful, please tag me @imviviantse so I can see your amazing work! Would truly appreciate it:) Happy “flat-laying”!
As always, thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time! ;)