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4 Must-Read Tips for Your First Flat lay Photo

Nail your first snapshot and achieve #feedgoals

Photography: Jelito De Leon

Last year, we witnessed the rise of the Instagram flat lay—with everyone trying their best to style their items carefully before taking a photo. Since designers, stylists, and bloggers have been posting their own flat lays, it gave users pegs that they can recreate and follow. If you want to showcase your favorite things like books, accessories, and other collectibles, you can also try working on your flat lay skills.

There's no need to worry if you don't get it right the first time! The trick is to continuously practice and check other feeds so you can get ideas. If you're planning to revamp your IG feed, here are tips that can help you: 

Think of a unified color scheme

Similar to how you style your home, mastering the flat lay entails working with the right colors. Consider items in neutral shades like brown, white, and tan set against a vibrant background in pink, red, or yellow. You can also do this vice-versa. Throwing in some neutrals make the bright colors pop.

Showcase texture

Since you’re laying items on a surface, some objects tend to look plain or too flat when you take a photo. It's important to add items with interesting textures to make the photo appealing. Use surfaces like wood, tiles, or even a unique cloth to make the flat lay stand out.

Maximize natural light

Proper lighting plays an important role when taking photos. As much as possible, make use of natural light. Take your photos by the window or if natural light isn't possible, make sure you take it in a well-lit place. Photos taken at night or in a dark room tend to look blurry and grainy and this won't fit your feed. 

Highlight the things you love

It's much more inspiring to take photos of the things that you love and collect. Do you love posting photos of your books and pens? Use these as part of your flat lay. Your makeup essentials may also come in handy! To be able to achieve a pretty photo, you need to showcase your personality and the things that you hold close to your heart.

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