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.
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.