Flat lay photographs
I love creating flat lay photographs – composed stills taken from above. I create them for my online marketing as well as for a few lifestyle brands. It’s fun to arrange the objects and to try and create a still life that tells a story. So, today I’m sharing some of my tips for taking flat lay photographs.
Your background can be anything, try a floor, table, some fabric, a sheet of paper or wallpaper. You probably don’t want anything with too much pattern, and it needs to be large enough to accommodate your objects. That said you should never be afraid to try things out!
Find a well-lit spot to position your background. Ideally, you want to distance yourself enough so there aren’t any patches of sunlight or shadows – unless that’s the effect you’re after! I always use natural light and when I can, I avoid taking photographs on darker days.
Now the fun part! I usually have an object or theme in mind to start with and then I collect things from all over my home. There are no rules so feel free to experiment, I find the best photographs come from happy accidents. When you have a collection of things start placing them on the background. You can keep your styling minimal and inside the viewfinder or completely fill the space. Experiment with colours and textures and keep moving things until you’re happy with the composition. I use blu-tack on anything that needs holding in place.
As you’re styling, take test shots to see how things are shaping up and when everything is looking gorgeous you can take your final shots. Be mindful of the angle, you want to ensure you are directly over the scene and in the middle. I take between five and ten so I can pick the sharpest. I also prop up some white card behind the flat lay to reflect the light from the window – this also softens any shadows.
5. Practice and enjoy!
I love learning and evolving my style and I find the flat lay process extremely therapeutic. Sometimes things don’t work, or it takes me time to warm up and that’s fine. Never be hard on yourself, creativity should always be a joy!
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a beautiful day!