Thursday, 16 November 2017

How to take the perfect Flatlay? My Personal Tips and Tricks


How to take the perfect Flatlay? My Personal Tips and Tricks


This post has been so highly requested and for some reason I keep delaying in terms of writing it I guess when you enjoy doing something alot it can be very hard putting it into words and one thing I do enjoy doing when it comes to my Instagram and my blog is Flatlays.


Prior to doing Flatlays I wasn't really taught I didn't read a book or attend a workshop I guess I am slightly a neat freak and that might be a reason why I picked it up so quickly. So I guess that's probably the reason why I don't like a messy flatlay or one that  just looks cluttered or isn't cohesive and I will take loads of shots to get the perfect one and if I aint happy with it you won't get to see it at all.(well not never someday haha ) I do strongly believe that anyone can do  flatlays and do ones that match their theme, taste, favourite colours ect. So in this post I'm going to give you some tips for how to take the perfect flatlay.

DECIDE ON A THEME

For every flatlay I try to decide on what I want to convey in a photo whether its minimal and clean, monochrome black and white, bronze, pink flatlay, pretty and girly. Sometimes your flatlay can be the same throughout with slight changes or every single flatlay can be different and convey a different story. Personally I like my flatlays to all be different, what can I say I get bored easily. However, when I see a themed flatlay throughout a persons blog or Instagram I love it so much, its probably because it just looks so neat and pretty and tells me alot about the bloggers taste and preferences when its done well. On the topic of telling a story when I take a photo in general I like to think about what I would like people to feel when they look at this photo and try to capture that. I personally love flatlays and photo's that make me feel happy or are really pretty and girly or are down right structured to perfection. The Panasonic System Compact Camera is perfect for capturing that perfect shot up close or from a distance.


PRACTISE PRACTISE PRACTISE

Another aspect of capturing that perfect shot is with practice. I've mentioned* this in another post I did that practising when it came to my photo's was a big deal for me when it came to blogging I couldn't just be known for writing good content and having ugly photo's so I practised and practised. Believe it or not there still not at a standard that I am content with but I am probably waiting to be able to afford that amazing bridge camera. But what I have learnt is to make it work with the equipment I do have and take photo's that I can be proud of and that wasn't the case before.So I strongly recommend for you to take a few hours out of your schedule and just bring a box of your props and get snapping not for your blog or instagram just have fun with it. I realised my photo's started getting better in the beginning when I did that because taking a nice photo can make you feel a lot of pressure especially when it comes out all wrong and you've been snapping for like hours. 

 ANCHOR AND ANGLES

In terms of an anchor I can best describe it as a few items or an item that pulls the entire photo together. I always think that an anchor has to be one main thing and a few other smaller things because you don't want more than one item to be the focal point in your photo or your photo can look overwhelming or lack cohesiveness. If I have two main anchor's I might have a larger focus point and a sub focal point so larger focal points could be a book, a large palette, a t-shirt, shoes the list is endless I am doing a post soon on flatlay props so you'll have tons of options and I will also leave some photo's of a few of my favourite flatlays down below. A sub focal point could be a candle, ring-tray,  a small book, a necklace I just personally think of it as something that helps to bring the photo together without overpowering the anchor. In terms of angles you can practice rearrange your items take a photo of them by angling your camera from the side, birds eye or above, stooping down low for a nice low shot. I've gotten multiple photo's from doing this that highlight different objects so they all look different so this is something that will help you cut down on how many times you need to take photo's of new flatlay setups.

INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY

Because I love flatlay's so much I am always looking at different flatlays not to copy but it always inspires me to do more flatlays and to really branch out a bit. Sometimes I would go out to a store and I would pick up something and think this would make such a great flatlay and go home and start to tinker. Despite I don't do flatlay's all the time like I use to because I like different shots now and I like my theme to be a mixture. I still really want to become even more creative when it comes to flatlays and angles so I would definitely encourage you to use other bloggers and content creators as inspiration not to copy but to inspire you as to how you want your photo's to look and how they can look if you practice. I absolutely love it when someone says to me I have not seen a photo anywhere that looks like yours that is the best compliment everrrrrr because we are all individuals and it should be shown in our photo's as much as possible. 


So on that note go and be inspired and creative with the tips I have given you and I cant wait to see what beautiful flatlays you come up with.

How to do a flatlay?


Also let me know if you found this post helpful and if you have any further questions or if you would like me to write on anything else blogging or photo's related. Leave a comment down below and I will be more than happy to help.




                                                  
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28 comments

  1. Thank you for this post, extremely helpful for those like me lacking in flatlay skills xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

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  2. You always post the best photos and I wish I could improve mine but it's always hard to find the perfect lighting! Happy Friday xx

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  3. This tips are awesome! Flatlays are super hard to take and are really needed in beauty blogging x

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  4. Awesome tips! These kind of photos are certainly not easy to make.

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  5. aaaaaa! your flat lays are really pretty! I always try to keep mine as simple as possible, to avoid looking unorganized or cluttered. But I can see that you make several items work real well!

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  6. Never tried on flat lays but these are so cool as I see in your pics. And easy to arrange too. Will give try.

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  7. I love taking flatlays! It took me a lot of practice to finally achieve good results so you are right: practice, practice, practice!. Great tips!

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  8. I'm not good in Flat lay skills. And these tips are really helpful, thanks for this article!

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  9. Yes, very helpful! My early blog photos were absolutely horrible, and they are better now but I still have a long way to go. I take a lot of flatlays, but sometimes I don't take the care that I should to compose them as you suggest. I love your advice about a focal point and subfocal point. I have a lot of props, but sometimes I'm too lazy to get them out. You've given me some inspiration!

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  10. I'm still learning about flatlays and it is true with practise come perfection. I love taking photos, it doesn't matter are they for my blog or joy!

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  11. I had no idea flatlay was the term for this. Thanks so much for doing a post like this. I have always been interested.

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  12. Flat lays are some of my favorite pictures to take for instagram! You have so many good tips here!

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  13. My flatlay skills are average and I rarely use them. Love how you do yours really well and organized. Thanks for the tips, will come in handy for my next flatlay.

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  14. Lovely captures, personally I have not tried flat lays too, after reading here, gonna check out soon :) cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  15. I really like your post and tips. I agree with you that everyone is different and it does reflects from the work we do or the flatlay we create. I love flatlays and do try different props and stuff, check my instagram when you get a chance @the_velvetlife Your post is really helpful for me to keep the inspiration on.

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  16. Thanks for a good article! I definitely need to practice my flatlays and I'll be using your tips.

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  17. your flatlays are beautiful. I needed these tips.

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  18. These are beautiful flatlays and such great tips! Thanks for sharing the ideas.

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  19. I find this post so informative and useful, because my flatlay skills aren't so good.

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  20. I needed this! Taking flatlays has always been a challenge for me. Will remember your tips!

    www.thebookblvd.net

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  21. I guess you have a natural artistic flair for such stuff? I thought it really takes a lot of commitment and money to get the accessories for flatlays! Quite an hassle I would say~

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    1. You don't need a lot of accessories or expensive stuff for flatlays you can even use items you already own. I have a post coming soon:)

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  22. Such an interesting post! thank you for your tips!

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    1. Your welcome lovely, glad you found them helpful!

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  23. This is my kinda post. I do love reading photography posts and there is always new to learn. I agree practice is essential for good photos.

    Ash

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  24. These are great tips! Taking a flatlay is not always easy.

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  25. i'm terrible at them! thanks for the tips! hopefully ill get better now!

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