If you’re a blogger, the idea of a picture-perfect post (pun intended) is always on your mind; and if you’re like me, it probably gives you migraines. If you’re not a blogger you are someone who fancies a nice picture for your social media profiles, or just a good wallpaper for your home screen.
Flat lay photography, for me, is heaven sent. The subtle art not only saves you the trouble of location scouting but also allows you to capture a mood without the hassle of getting dressed or made up.
Below are 5 easy flat lay photography layouts for the perfect visual story;
Outfit flat lay
This may be the most common type of flat lay. It usually consists of a half/full outfit. I like to keep it realistic and casual; something I am actually going to wear. A fashion flat lay does not always have to be folded, but it is best to keep the frame in a perfect square.
Here I like to have a theme first. For a pink theme, different shades of pink work perfectly. However, do not be carried away; not everything goes. Choose items that are related. Mostly fashion and beauty goes together. The set-up has to be really busy, ergo the more the merrier. With that in mind, stick to small items and only show half or part of the larger items.
The lazy flat lay
This type of flat lay may look quite effortless and lazy, but I think it requires the most work. The idea is to pass off a lazy vibe (as the name suggests) but it is actually about staging the perfect ‘crime scene’. To achieve this kind of flat lay, simply rough up a sheet here and casually tuck in a book there.
Product flat lay
I personally like to keep product flat lays really simple and uncomplicated. However, taking a product flat lay with just the one product may seem a little dull and or boring. Use plants and flowers as complementary pieces. Alternatively you can incorporate other related products into your photo, but always remember to place your star product in the limelight. Dwarf the other products by blurring them out, placing them around the main piece or just showing a glimpse of them.
This may be my favorite flat lay photography layout, and the easiest to take. You can achieve this by simply finding the right angle and making sure the lighting is perfect. The close-up flat lay can belong to any of the above groups. The reason why I play favorites when it comes to the close-up is the fact that after you are done with a complicated flat lay layout, you can simply zoom in on one area, and voila! You have your close-up shot.
Use the tips for flat lay photography and try out these layouts for your next session.
What is your favorite kind of flat lay? Let’s chat in the comment section below