Before creating this blog, I do instablogging which is mainly compose of a lot of flatlay pictures. I am not the most creative out there, but I want to share some of the tips I learned from researching and watching flatlay tutorials.
What is a Flatlay?
It is a photograph taken from the above view so it lays flat. It can be used to tell life story, curate objects and promote business.
Elements of a Flatlay
According to the online lessons I have watched, this is the most important thing to consider. Natural light is what I recommend because it just gives justice to your photos. I always shoot my pictures mid day because the light in my room is perfect.
Too much light? You can use a white card to reflect or a thin fabric to diffuse the light.
2. Theme and Color
For the theme, that’s where you get creative. There is no specific rule for themes so that means you can freely express your individuality.
For the color, it is recommended to use at least 3 colors only to maintain balance. But then again, you are still free to play with combinations as long as it doesn’t overpower each other.
My flatlays are minimalistic in style so as much as possible I don’t use props. But hey, they look super pretty when being added to your pictures. Most commonly used are flowers, magazines, jewelry, plates and other craft materials.
My personal choice for background is just a plain white canvass. Other instagrammers use tables, fabrics, cards, marbles, grass and wrapping papers to add design and color to their photographs.
My best advice is to keep your pictures easy on the eyes. You can also use the rule of thirds, wherein you will use a grid and make sure that your focus occupies two thirds of the photo space. I don’t know but it looks a lot better if you use this technique when focusing a specific object.
Of course you are allowed to use some apps to prettify or to correct your image. My favorite editing tools are Snapseed, VSCO Cam, and Picsart. I don’t use a lot of filter, I only adjust the brightness and the contrast of the picture according to my liking.
So there you go, these are just only the basic things you need to know to create an amazing flatlay. The rest, you will discover it by yourself as you explore with themes and backgrounds.
Comment below if you some points you want to share.