Bloggers just love a flatlay and they look so desirable on your Insta grid don’t they? It may look like a complicated task at first glance but it’s not as tricky as it seems. In case you wasn’t sure what exactly a flatlay is, it’s a beautiful composition of objects taken from a birds eye view. Hence.. flatlay.
Light Is Key
There is nothing more annoying then battling with dark or unnatural lighting when trying to edit your photos. Try to take shots near a window to optimise natural light and make use of the brightest times of the day. Winter can be a little trickier so a ring light may be a helpful addition, yellow lights however are not your friend.
Consider Your Backdrop
I personally love a good backdrop. Something that pops or gives texture to your image, like a marble or wood effect. There’s 2 places I love for buying backdrops (more on this soon) but if you’re on a budget, take a look in places like Hobbycraft or homeware stores for wallpaper samples.
It’s a good idea to work out what you want to capture in your flatlay before setting up. Are you going for a particular theme, colours, shapes? There’s no right or wrong but it’s handy to organise your props to see what vibe they will give when grouped together.
What’s Your Colour Palette?
It’s true that there is no right or wrong, it’s all down to personal choice but consider that too many mixed colours may look a little inconsistent or confusing to your audience. It’s just something to think about.
Compose And Arrange
How’s the time to put everything together. Focus on one particular prop to tell a story and arrange the other props around the rest of the space. Play around with different arrangements to show the vibe you are going for and snap away whilst you do it. It can be surprising what photos look best when you sit down to edit.
Need some prop ideas? I’ve got you covered.