Today i thought i would share with you some tips on the photography side of a blog. Yes i’m taking flat lay photos/Object photos.
*Disclaimer- I am not a professional photographer, these are tips based on how i take my own photos and i thought i would share*
Keep your background clean and simple
One thing i have recently found is that a simplistic photo looks gorgeous and extremely professional. For most of my photos i use a white background, usually my desk. Sometimes i use a grey fur pillow case, that sounds crazy but anything can be used as a backdrop. If you have a nice top or dress, then try using that. The reason this is important is because the background completes the image. It adds the perfect finish making the item stand out and grab your eye. I try to avoid anything extreme because it distracts you from the object you are supposed to be looking at. For example, the paisley bedding i have used in a few of my photos today, i personally think that it is too busy, yes i am criticising my self, that’s how i roll. I’m defiantly not perfect and i make a lot of mistakes, lessons learnt are great.
Lighting is your friend
Without efficient lighting my photos look kind of poop. I used to take my photos at night using flash. I can now say looking back that it wasn’t the greatest thing i have ever done. Especially when the object is shiny and the flash shows every smear, mark and the object is no longer visible due to the amount of flashback reflecting of it. Not the greatest of looks and the quality goes from a 10 to a 4.5. Lately i’ve learnt taking my photos during the day is so much more effective. Take your photos when the suns out and your room is brighter. If you have studio lights thats great, even better. Mine broke so i’m going it solo at the moment. Daylight is now vital for me. I get unbelievably annoyed when i leave it too late in the day and the suns setting, damn i missed my chance. The struggle is real. Take photos by the window, you’ll thank me later.
Take flat lay photos landscape rather than portrait
I have found landscape photos look so much more effective rather than a portrait version. It shows more of the image and gives you a much better looking image for flat lay photography. You can fit so much more into the picture, trust me on this one.
Use layers girl!
This is one i recently learnt from another blog. Layering photos. So maybe putting a pretty decorative plate on a white backdrop with the product on the plate. Or jewellery, bobby pins, gems anything like that in the photo too scattered around, not quite so literally mind, i can imagine myself chucking a few bobby pins onto a desk and voila presto, er no Abbey. Organise them horizontally or vertically so that they look decorative and pretty. putting the product on a magazine/book like the plate idea is good too or using your laptop as a prop. Go crazy with it!
Hopefully this little insight has been a little helpful, i have had lovely comments on my photos so i thought it was a perfect idea to share some tips with you wonderful lot. Comment any tips and tricks you have, share the love!