Wednesday, 6 July 2016

How to take flatlay photos

Over the past year I have tried to up my game when it comes to taking pictures for the blog, especially Joey's Weekend Tot Style posts. For ages I'd seen people taking flatlay images of their childs outfit so I decided to do it.
August 2015 flatlay
My very early flatlays are pretty bad but I've got into a good routine of how to get a great flatlay photo. Their isn't a load of rocket science involved when it comes to taking clear photos. It's just about being more creative  with your photography skills.
April 2016 flatlay
Here are my tips:
Lighting - it might seem a bit obvious but lighting is the key to getting a really clear image. So you ideally need to take your photos in which ever room gets the best light, for me it's Joey's bedroom which is at the front of the house where the sun rises. Open the blinds and the curtains to allow as much natural light to flood the room as possible.

Background - in most cases you'll want to arrange your outfit on a floor, that way you can take your photo right about your flatlay. Their are no rules when it comes to your background you can just have your  carpet or wooden floor as the background. Some people like to just have a plain background so will put a sheet down on the floor. Over the past few months I've been using wallpaper as my background, I went into Wilkinsons one day and tore a bit off of one of the sample rolls.
Brightness editing - If after you've taken your pictures the images aren't as bright as you would like then you can always adjust the brightness of the photo. I've been doing this a lot recently and it does make the image look a lot better.

Cropping - if you're a blogger and are wanting to take flatlays for your blog then it's important to have clean and tidy images.

Props - adding nice little props can really make your flatlay standout.  I use a wooden J in some of his flatlays, it just adds a more personal touch.

I hope you've found these tips useful. Let me know if you've got any other tips for flatlays. 

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