Flat Lay Photography

Flat lay has easily become my favourite thing to do over the past few months. I spend so many hours laying out different products taking loads of flat lay photos, some of which turn out incredibly bad and some I love. I wanted to write a post on it and some tips that I've learnt so far. 
Before I get into this post, I wanted to say that I'm not an expert whatsoever, I'm still learning and trying to make my flat lay as neat as I possibly can, but here's my tips: 


Take loads of photos and move things around: I take loads of photos in a go and then normally move a lot of the things around and take loads more photos, that way I have a lot of choices and see what looks better. I also take the photos in landscape and portrait because it sometimes looks better one way or another. 


Take photos somewhere where it's easy to photograph from above: I find it incredibly difficult to take photos on something high up (like my desk), while keeping the camera still. It's so much easier to take photos of something that's quite low. I take flat lay photos on my chest of drawers because they're low, so I can take still photos from above. My tripod also doesn't go really tall, so taking pictures on my chest of drawers means that I can use my tripod. Taking photos on the floor would be good also.


Plan: This isn't something that you need to do, but this is something that I do occasionally and find quite fun. I sometimes draw out ideas that I have so I don't forget, then when I go to take the photos, I have some idea of how I want them. 


Add things: I don't always like gaps in between each product or whatever I'm taking a photo of. So I like to add mini pinecones or rings or something to fill in the spaces. 


Blu Tack can become an essential: If you're taking photos of something that's likely to roll away on a flat surface (like my chest of drawers), Blu Tack it down so it stays! I do this all the time and it's so helpful and has become really handy.


Practice: Practice, practice, practice! It's taken me practice and I do still need more practice, but you'll get there. I like to try and make mine as neat as I can. Practice makes perfect, right?


Look for inspiration: I don't mean copy others, but there's a TON of flat lays online that you can scroll through and get inspiration from if you're stuck. There's a lot of different flat lays online, like for cooking/fashion/makeup, etc...


I hope you enjoyed this post, I enjoyed writing it. Flat lay is something I really enjoy, so I thought I'd share my few tips and what I do to create it! Do you like flat lay?:-) 


Comments

  1. Your photos are always so lovely! I'm still trying to get the hang of it and chose a style that works for me! x

    www.shayholly.co.uk

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  2. Your photo's are lovely, I recently took photographs for my what I got for christmas post, it was my first attempt at a flat lay but not very good ha ha, I definitely need practice lol xxxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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    1. thank you, so are yours:-) it was good!:-)xxx

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  3. Blue tack is a girls best friend!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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  4. Your flat lays are the best - I really need to master it, still not quite there haha!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Your photos are gorgeous. These are great tips - especially the Blu-Tac! I'll definitely be using that in future pictures!

    Jemima x
    anotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I love your photos!! I try to do these but sometimes the lighting is so rubbish at this time of year I'm struggling! x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. thank you:-) i agree with the lighting, i struggle with that too!x

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  7. Such nice tips!!! I really want to take photos of this type better!

    http://anna-alina.blogspot.com/

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  8. Your photos always look amazing, so happy that you made a post on photography! Thankyou, love your blog by the way!
    Meg|www.missmegx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. aw thank you:-) i love your blog too:-)

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  9. Blue tack is so important for sticking things down! These photos are gorgeous. x

    Kate// http://katerosexo1.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. These are great tips, thank you for sharing! Your photos always look amazing!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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    1. thank you:-) thank you for reading! aw thank you, as do yours:-)xo

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  11. I love flat lays too! Love all of these tips!

    http://www.breakfastatvogueblog.com/

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  12. Thanks for sharing these tips. I love taking flat lay pics but sometimes i struggle to add in props etc

    themakeupleague.blogspot.com

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  13. Some lovely photos here, I love a good flat lay (just so hard trying to get decent photos this time of year)! xo

    http://www.samanthasbeautyloves.com

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  14. You have lovely photographs! I'm not very good at taking pictures of flat lays lol I think it's because I lack some extra props!


     Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

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  15. Oh my gosh thank you so much for these tips! I find flat lay photography really difficult but these tips are really going to help!

    prettyneutral.com

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  16. Great tips! You take some gorgeous photos. I'm still getting the hang of flat lay and I always end up taking well over 100 photos for each post haha. x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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    1. thank you so much:-) me too sometimes!:-Px

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  18. I love flat lays and I love your photos! They look so awesome! Most of my photos for the blog are flat lays but I also like to experiment with other things and angles! Blu tack is a life saviour! I use it everytime I am taking flat lays otherwise by products would be rolling around all the time! Loved this post! You're doing great! Xx

    abittersweetdiary.blogspot.pt

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    1. thank you, i love your photos too:-) me too! blu tack is just a handy thing to use:-) aw thanks:-)xx

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  19. Thanks for this, so helpful!! I love these types of posts, they inspire me haha! I definitely need to up my photography game and start practicing flat lays, they look so cute!! Especially on Instagram too xxxx
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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    1. you're welcome, thanks for reading, glad i can help:-) aw!xxxx

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  20. Lovely photos, depending on what I'm photographing I love flat lay too! Great tips!

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

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  21. These are really good tips. Haha blue tag is a saviour! And I always end up taking sooo many photos of the smallest things!
    Hope you've had a fab week girlie !
    Emma xxx

    www.wellemma.com

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  22. Gorgeous photos! I love a good flat lay, and love finding them on pinterest! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  23. Your flat lays are absolutely gorgeous! xx adaatude.com

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