How To Take The Perfect Flatlay At Home

17 Apr, 2020

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by Glassons

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

A magazine or book
Phone
Your favourite items of clothing
Accessories: Jewellery/bag/shoes/sunglasses/hair clips
Fabric for background or bed sheet
Extra props: perfume bottles, flowers, make up, coffee

STEP ONE

The Set Up

  • Set up your fabric near a window. This will give you the best natural lighting.

STEP TWO

Collect Your Favourite Pieces

  • Pick your favourite outfit from your wardrobe. It can be an old favourite that you want to try re-style or something new that you are dying to wear out.
  • Grab your favourite accessories.
  • And some props to match.

STEP THREE

Selecting a Magazine Page

  • The colours of your outfit will set the tone for the magazine or book page.
  • Try to stick within the colour palette so the images compliment the outfit.

STEP FOUR

The Layout

  • Place the biggest items down first. This will usually be the clothes and the book. These items can overlap.
  • NOTE: the clothes don’t have to be perfectly flat and smooth. You can give them some shape and movement by scrunching them up a bit.
  • Take a test shot so you can see how the items fit in the frame. This way you will be able to see where the big gaps are.

STEP FIVE

Fill the Gaps

  • Once you have identified the gaps in the photo you can start to fill them with your props and accessories.
  • Keep in mind that the objects in the photo should try and balance each other out.
  • If something doesn’t feel right, try it in a new spot.
  • Try one option with everything parallel and one with everything overlapping at different angles.

STEP SIX

Snap Away

  • Once you are happy with your placement of everything…SNAP AWAY!
  • Try some different angles and crops so you have different options to choose from.

STEP SEVEN

Select and Edit

  • Select your favourite images and edit them through your favourite editing app, (we will give you a sneak peek into our editing process soon, so stay tuned).
  • Once you are happy with the picture, think of a cute or witty caption (when in doubt go with your favourite emojis).
  • And POST!

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