Taking Instagram flatlay photos has become so gratifying lately, especially when they’re mostly themed around the holidays! I’d love to share with you the little tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way on how to create an Instagram flatlay (Christmas Edition). I hope you are as excited as I am, and with what I have learnt, hopefully you will find this blog post helpful in easing you into flatlay photography! 🙂
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Tip #1: Theme
First off, decide on the theme of the flatlay that you want to take. For example, since we’re doing a Christmas themed flatlay, I want it to incorporate as many festive items as possible to help me add to the mood and vibe of the photo. I feel that having a theme in mind will help set you in the right direction which leads to the second point. Colours are also important in deciding a theme! I usually love my photos warm and bright, so I love adding fairy lights for that extra glow!
Tip #2: Styling
Styling flatlays is very important to me because I feel that it adds more dimension to a static picture. Opt for blankets and small props that fit the theme to make the shot more interesting. It also helps to add some texture to the overall picture. Playing with different fabrics (like a fur rug, a knitted throw, a glossy fabric) can add dimension to your photo.
Pro tip: It is good to have some blue tac handy to keep products in place from moving around or to elevate the product up! 🙂
In this styled flatlay, I rolled up some blue tac and stuck it at the back of the lipstick to prevent the bullet from touching the blankets. For props, I played around with gold tones (gold ribbon and gold scissors), festive stuffs (acorns, twigs and fairy lights) and texture (2 different types of knitwear and a furry rug) to achieve the festive flatlay look!
Tip #3: Good Lighting
A good picture is all about the lighting and shadows! I tend to shoot my flatlay photos with natural light because natural lighting works the best. I try to take the flat lay photos on a bright and sunny day, and as close to the window as I can. If you are shooting your flat lay photos with a camera, try not to go any higher than 600 for your ISO settings! Usually I’d use my trusty iPhone to snap the flatlay first to get an idea of how the picture will be framed and I will finish up with editing it on Lightroom! 🙂
Tip #4: Create spaces in between objects
This is important and can be often overlooked when you are taking your flatlay images. Space out the objects apart to balance out the image to avoid the image from looking cluttered and chaotic. One tip I would give is to always check that nothing is ‘touching’ in your images after you have taken a few shots each time!
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