7 AWESOME FLAT LAY PHOTO IDEAS
Flat Lay is an extremely versatile still life genre. It can be minimalistic and simple, contain only key objects in a well-designed composition or dozens of tiny objects that form a kind of organized chaos. Photographer Dina Belenko shares ideas for shooting flatlay.
Where to begin
The photographer strongly recommends making sketches for such a picture in advance. First think over the story, collect specific objects and plan your shooting. The process will be much more effective if you consciously approach the planning of photography. So you will save a lot of time and energy.
The best seasonal photographs can convey a unique blend of photographer feelings. Winter can be a cozy season of hot cocoa, sweaters and marshmallows. Or cold and simple times of minimal Scandinavian interiors, pale colors and snow-white decor.
Autumn – from orange pumpkins, red fallen leaves, cold rain and the last berries. Perfect for a still life! So, how can you remove all this from above?
Brew some tea and put the maple leaf in a cup. Take your favorite book and make it the center of the composition. Take a Halloween-style shot! Or about the end of summer.
Think about your favorite items and make a list of 10-20. Decide on the sensation that seems to you the easiest to visualize. Finally, select a few objects to represent it. Make a simple composition out of them.
Add hands to the frame
Whatever you work on, if hands fall in the frame, the image instantly comes to life.
Do you create a kitchen photo? Grab hands serving food or correcting wipes. Or maybe you are trying to capture someone’s workplace? Then let it be the hands of the artist, carpenter, tailor or barista!
Elements related to a hobby have a huge amount of narrative possibilities in the frame! Take a picture of mom working with seedlings, for example.
If you have no way to release the shutter from a distance, it can be difficult to grab your own hands in the frame, but you can always ask a friend for help. If you use the services of a model, let her start posing for the picture only when everything else is already in place. That way, you don’t have to worry about her patience.
There is no limit to how you can use coffee as the main subject of your flat lay snapshot.
First of all, coffee can lead to where and to anyone. A nerd can drink a cup of coffee, and you can take it off surrounded by Petri dishes and unusual plants. An artist can drink coffee for inspiration, and you will have the opportunity to remove the palette.
Create a metaphor
Use a coffee cup as a flat circle. This will help you create a metaphorical still life. What can be represented as a circle? Ball? Shoot cups as a bunch of balloons. Planet? Create your own solar system with cup planets, cookie asteroids, and the Sun pie.
Use decorative patterns from food.
Food typography is usually considered flat lay photography. If you like this idea, but creating a whole composition of inscriptions from food seems too complicated for you, why not just include some of its elements in your flat lay? You can draw vortices and circles with honey, thick syrups and sauces. You never know how sauces, jams, mayonnaise and yoghurts will behave, but you can always trust honey.