Heeey! So you wanna improve your flatlay game? It’s fun, and addictive! I love to style a good flatlay, and I’ve come up with my TOP TEN TIPS to help you out! Note – this is not the high tech version, cos I’m not a high tech person! ??But hopefully it will still,be a huge help! ??
Top Tip #1
Decide on your focal point! When you’re starting out, make just ONE item your feature! Then build the flatlay around it. Don’t add items that will overshadow your big ticket item! You can always break this rule later (I often do!) but you’ve gotta understand the rules to break ’em!
Top Tip # 2
Don’t overcrowd your picture! Whether you’re shooting a real flatlay or composing one on an app, you want enough detail for interest, but not so much your don’t know what you’re looking at! When you’re taking photos, make sure you don’t zoom in too close – it makes it harder for people to see and appreciate your full flatlay!
Top Tip #3
When shooting photos, find a place with perfect lighting and stick with it – take photos at the same time, and in the same location, for great results! You want indirect but good strong natural lighting – think near a window or door, or outside on a patio.
Top Tip #4
Dont be afraid to edit your photos, but DON’T over edit them!! There are lots of editing programs out there, including snap seed and picmonkey. I mostly use just the apply photo app editing tools! I find once you take a good shot you shouldn’t need to spend hours editing to make it look amazing, My favourite areas to adjust are exposure, brightening, contrast and saturation. BUT I like to edit the first photo quickly while in front of the real flatlay – so I can compare back. If it doesn’t look real and the colours aren’t the same, dump it and start again! Sometimes all the editing in the world can’t correct bad lighting and grainy photos – and it’s better to try taking some new shots again later.
Top Tip #5
Don’t forget about your background! White is a great starter – I love using white board or corflute sheets available from Bunnings for less than $10. BUT don’t feel like you have to stay with white – especially when creating a flatlay in an app – get adventurous and play with colour and texture. I use coloured cardboard sheets from the hobby shop as a background too! Think about what will complement the products in your flatlay and match the vibe! When making flatlays in an app, my fave one to work with is PICCOLLAGE (the flatlay below was made with it!)!
Top Tip #6
Be adventurous! Play with different combinations and colour clashes, and don’t forget a flatlay does not have to be a complete outfit – it is outfit inspiration, so there can be double ups or items missing from an outfit, as long as it inspires a certain look!
Top Tip #7
Find an app that is easy to use – I like to use pic collage for all my flatlays, so I can clip backgrounds out and easily place items. I’ve also heard polyvore is popular for flat laying. Ask around to see what others use – I’d love to know what you use!
Top Tip #8
Don’t be afraid to try a few different combinations of products – if it doesn’t look quite right, move them around! Take something out, try a different angle. If you’re taking photos, sometimes I take at least 20 and it’s the very last one I love the most! Often taking a photo and looking at it will tell you what you need to change.
Top Tip #9
When posting on social media, don’t forget to tag each store or maker in your photo, to acknowledge the use of their product or photo. If you’re unsure, check with them first!
Top Tip #10
Most importantly, have fun!!!
I hope my TOP TEN TIPS were a bit of help – of course there’s plenty more I could share, but these will get you off to a good start! Got any questions, or wanna share another tip of your own? Comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’d LOVE to hear from you! ?
until next time,