I’m definitely proudest of my photography glow-up… The photos I used to take for my blog make me cringe when I look back, and I see how far I’ve come. Now though, I’m pretty onboard with my photography but especially my flatlays. I just love creating them! In a bid to share the flatlay inspiration, I’m sharing some of my favourite tips and tricks for making a good flatlay. If you’re left wanting more tips and tricks for photography and camera tricks, you can check out my e-book on photography right here!
Pick a colour theme
One of the best ways to make sure the whole picture look cohesive and edited is to pick a few colours to focus on. Loads of clashing colours can look a little too messy and so two or three really bring the whole photo together. In the one above I’ve gone for a red and rose gold theme, so picking a few beauty products and then complementary props pulls it together. If there’s a photo on a particular product, you could pick a prop that brings out one certain tone. Going completely the other way is picking a colour opposite on the colour wheel to make the foreground stand out! Example being a blue backdrop used with the naked heat palette to make the tones stand out more. Having one colour tends to work the best.
It’s all in the props
Good props really make or break a photo. They definitely do! I get loads of props from places from eBay, tiger, hema, paperchase, oliver bonas and stationery shops. Wherever you see something cute that would look nice in a photo, you can definitely justify it for the blog… It’s an essential purchase for sure. If a photo isn’t looking as good as you like, just chuck in a few props and it will almost definitely look better. You know you’re a blogger when you have a whole box of props for pretty much any photo situation. A lovely idea for flatlays is to try and tell a story as well – for example, a travel shot could have your passport in it along with some holiday snaps.
Play around with the composition
I’ve taken so so many flatlays over the years at this point, so I generally have an idea of what a picture will look like once taken. Having said that, sometimes things still look way off so it’s all about playing around with the composition. It can take a couple of attempts to make everything look exactly right with the perfect balance between space and the objects. Easy steps are things like switching between portrait and landscape, moving objects from corner to corner and thinking about the symmetry of the photo.
For a flatlay, you want to get up high from a true bird’s eye view. I tend to set everything up on my coffee table, and then stand on a chair high up to make sure I get everything in. Dedication to the art. Once you’re high above the set-up you get a really good idea of the finished photo. If you stand high enough above the products then there also won’t be any shadow across any of the items. Speaking of shadow, and lighting – it’s easiest to capture things in natural light so maybe set everything up underneath a window on the floor.
Don’t forget the edit
Once you’ve got the photo taken exactly how you like it, it’s time to edit! I think I’m going to do a full, updated post on how I edit my photos (let me know if you guys want this) but basically I like to up the contrast on images and then play with the curves to make everything look brighter. Especially living in the UK, the light is rarely bright enough to suit my style. If I take a quick snap on my phone then I use the lightroom app.
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