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GUEST POST: Creating the Perfect Flatlay from a Photographer's Perspective

Many of you won't know me so I will begin by introducing myself. My name is Joe and I run my own website/ blog at I focus on the behind the scenes on photography, videography and postproduction. Sophie has recently asked me to write a guest post going into the technical aspects of taking a flatlay photograph. So that is what I have done. Without wasting any more time here are 3 tips to taking high quality flat lay photographs.
To make your flatlay look as impressive as it can possible be, you need to consider using a low aperture to draw the attention to the items on your flatlay. This will make the background slightly blurred making the items the centre of attention. If you are taking a flatlay photograph the chances are it is the items, which are important, so this will definitely help add some depth to your photograph. The blur wont be as visible on a solid background such as plain white or grey etcetera. However, if you are taking the photo on a background with a bit of texture such as a rustic wooden surface or slated surface, this setting will work a treat. It will instantly make the eyes of the viewer’s focus on the objects in the flatlay. However, if you do want a bit of the background to be in focus consider using a middle aperture point (I.e. F.14).  Changing the aperture on a camera can sometimes mean that the shutter speed changes too. Without going into to much detail, if you are operating your camera handheld with slow shutters speed you are likely to get motion blur. There is an easy way to prevent this, which I am going to cover in the next step.

Have you tried mounting your camera to some form of stability? To make the photo taking process easier consider using a tripod looking down on your flatlay to take your photos. This will really help you as it makes it much easier to frame your shot and arrange you objects between shots. It also reduces motion blur when pressing the shutter because if you have tried to take a photo with a camera looking down it is an incredibly challenging task. As well as giving your arm ache is difficult to keep the framing of the shot the same each time.

To make your flat lays a little bit more creative there are a few creative ways of using light in your photos. By using a CD you can create reflections into your image. This creates a little rainbow glow in your image. Another way of making your image a bit different is through using a prism. Whereas a blank CD can be picked up for next to nothing in terms of price, a prism will cost you a little more. All though a prism has a little pricing to it, it is most definitely worth it if you use it creatively in your photos. These effects can really make your photos more eye catching and interesting to your audience.

I hope these three tips have been useful to you and that your flatlay photos improve. If you haven’t already Sophie has written an article about flatlays that will be posted on my blog. She has gone into details about how to set up your flatlays and what to include in your frame. I hope you have learnt something and for more articles like this be sure to visit my blog.

Thanks, Joe


  1. These tips are really helpful! Really enjoyed the post aswell! X

    1. That's good that you fin them useful and I'm glad you enjoyed it x

  2. Thank you for such an informative post! I don't have fancy equipment at the moment, I recently sold my camera because I wasn't really using it for blogging. I now just use my IPhone and edit photos on my laptop. It is really useful.

    Rachel |

    1. I've heard some great things about using your iphone for photos!


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