How to Master the Art of Flat Lay Photography

At the moment, Instagram is such a popular social media platform. You can share snippets of your life or have it as a continuation of your blog. All in the form of photos, of course. It is a great way to get new blog followers if you are able to use Instagram in the right way. Some people use the platform to share moments as they happen. Other people take the time to curate their feed, and it is much less ‘instant’. One of the big trends that is popular is to have flat lay pictures. They can look so good, can’t they? Flat lays are a great way to show outfits, makeup, jewelry, or even things like baking ingredients. Done right, they can look so good. But how can you achieve the perfect flat lay photo?

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One of the first things to do is to think about what you are taking pictures of. Think about the style of the photo and how you want it to look. Then you can think about what will look good and where. If you were displaying your makeup, include some brushes in the picture, as well as a few eyeshadows and mascaras. Think about the shape that they create together. Don’t just have them in any old style. Think about props you can use to supplement the picture too. Things like fresh flowers or pretty candles make great props in flat lay photos.

When you are thinking about the picture, the background is important. A busy and messy background will distract from what you are trying to focus on. If you haven’t got one, you could use crisp white sheets over carpet or a table. You could even use things like floorboards or tiles. A marbled tile is a popular choice on Instagram.


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To make sure that you are getting as good of a photo as possible, consider using a DSLR camera to take the photos. You are trying to curate an amazing feed, so they often produce better photos than a camera phone. Then you can upload the photos and email them to yourself. Then you can still upload them to the Instagram app. If you don’t have a DSLR camera, there are a range of cameras out there, that would be great for beginner photographers. Just do a little research and see what will fit your budget.

As with any photography, lighting is key. Take pictures in the room that is brightest in the house. You are only taking a snapshot picture; no one will know if you are on taking it on the bathroom floor. If it gets the most light in your house, then go with it. Take pictures in natural daylight. You don’t want direct sunlight but take pictures close to a window. Avoid using a flash if at all possible! It can affect the look of a photo so much. You want to take great photos that will attract readers to your blog. You don’t want to put them off.

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