Best Flatlay Photography Tips

If you are an Instagram maven like me, you might have noticed some awesome flatlays from your fave influencers, grammers, bloggers and brands on their social medias. I, myself really had struggles on how to make my flatlays look good whenever I also need to showcase items I own and from sponsors. So now I wanna share with you guys some tips on how to do flatlays just by using your phone.Use Natural Lighting

It is a good tactic because it doesn’t create grainy outcomes and so many shadows based on my own experience. It also gives you bright enough to illuminate your image and doesn’t blow lighter colors. So shoot somewhere that you think has enough light like around your home, especially near large windows. But make sure the light is not that harsh too. If you attempt to take a flat lay at night, there will be an unflattering phone shadow in your photo that even a flash cannot fix it.

Pick a Theme and Stick to it

Your theme could be anything, from fashion, beauty, travel and food but make sure you use products that would be seen in the same scene and naturally go well together. It is also important that your flatlay should also tell a story while keeping it in line with the overall theme.

Choose a Basic Background

I always opt for white backgrounds because of its versatility, it doesn’t distract the subject and easiest way to compliment the products on one scene. You could also use wooden floorboards, marble tiles and rugs depending on your theme. Mason Seifert offers more professional tips.

Leave Space Between Your Objects

To make sure that your flatlay will not look chaotic you should leave enough space to balance out the image.

Shoot from a Bird’s Point of View

This might be one of the struggles of shooting flatlays. HAHA! Because whenever you’re aiming for the best shot sometimes you really get up high if you need to. 

Choose a Color Palette

Aside from your theme, you should also be consistent on your palette to ensure that everything really matches. Whether its dainty, earthy, black and white hues – make sure they blend with each other.

Be Creative

Always experiment with your layout and don’t stick on one arrangement. You will find something new and you might discover along the way that will make you happy too.

That’s it! I hope this would be helpful to you guys! Please follow me on instagram: @iamelishabeth or search hashtag: #flatlaysofElisha for more flatlay photos.

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  • Reply Yesha Sali September 8, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for the tips sissy! I really suck at making flatlays and my IG feed is a mess! Hahaha. but this is really a big help! <3

    • Reply Elisha September 9, 2016 at 9:19 am

      You’re welcome babe. Many really asked me about this so I also shared my thoughts. Thanks for dropping by babe! <3

  • Reply Sharon Wu September 9, 2016 at 9:20 am

    You seriously take the best flatlay photos dear! Thank you for the tips <3 xo, sharon

    • Reply Elisha September 9, 2016 at 9:26 am

      You’re welcome babe! Giving the best whatever I could pull off! <3

  • Reply Face to Curls September 9, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Great tips and your flatlays are amazing! Just beautiful!

    Ann-Marie |

    • Reply Elisha September 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Thank you babe! <3

  • Reply Violette September 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Great tips and beautiful flatlay!

    • Reply Elisha September 13, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Thanks babe! <3

  • Reply James Benita September 9, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Beautiful and interesting photography. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


    • Reply Elisha September 13, 2016 at 11:59 am

      You’re welcome and thank you for dropping by too.

  • Reply Aldora September 9, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Oh wow GREAT tips Elisha! I love your pastel palette and the way you style your flatlays! Can never imagine that you achieved all these using an iPhone. Thanks so much for sharing babe 🙂

  • Reply Anouk September 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Beautiful photos and great tips!


  • Reply Renee Alexis September 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Edi ikaw na ang reyna ng flatlays, besh! Hahaha! Pero seriously, you do take TDF flatlays while I suck at it. 😂 I don’t have a knack for flatlay photography that even though I have natural lighting and props whatsoever, I don’t take instagramable-enough photos. Kaya I stick with sceneries and landscape photos because at least I don’t suck outright on those. 😂😂😂 Great post, Lish! Sana matuto din ako maganto. Soon, hopefully 😂

  • Reply Lizza September 11, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I love to make flatlays in my IG! Great tips thanks for shared

    xx LL

  • Reply Fe Samaia September 11, 2016 at 10:16 am

    wow thank you so much for this SO helpful!!


  • Reply WMBG September 11, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    So many great tipps – thanks so much 🙂


    Wiebke von WMBG

  • Reply Ella September 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Finally you posted this gwaps! Reyna ng mga flatlays gyud!!! <3

    • Reply Elisha September 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Finally! Haha! For how many months na pinag-isipan. LOL

  • Reply Alissa September 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Your flat lay and whole Instagram is on point gwaps! Thanks for sharing your tips!

    • Reply Elisha September 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Hahaha! Thank you ng subra gwaps. Ngayo lang talaga nagkatime eh.

  • Reply Maryam September 13, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Great tips babe! Thank you for sharing with us.

    Xo, Maryam

    • Reply Elisha September 13, 2016 at 11:59 am

      You’re welcome babe.

  • Reply Stella Asteria September 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Such a great post and tips Elisha! Getting a great photo with flatly can be so tricky, but not any more if we follow these tips! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  • Reply Mica September 18, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Great tips! You have some lovely flatlays too. I think good lighting is so important for a lot of photos! 🙂

    Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂 Stop by my blog, I’ve got two giveaways on at the moment!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Reply Matlab September 18, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    wow great tips.thank dude.

  • Reply Margaret September 19, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Thanks for the advice! I think the plain background is very important!

    xo Marg |

  • Reply Satya Dev October 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Beautiful & interesting photography, and Great tips….

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