A Lesson in Flatlays 


Flatlays. A buzz word everywhere, from Instagram, to Tumblr to Pinterest. Everyone’s doing them. And you’re wondering. How?! Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many of us (myself included) have scrolled through our feeds and seen perfect flatlays, then tried them ourselves and failed miserably. However, after some practicing and arranging, I have some tips to share with you. So, here it goes… 

01 / It’s like a puzzle! 

The kind of flatlays I do aren’t always the ones that are square-shaped, but I do mostly do those kinds. You need to play around and see how your items fit together and where the gaps are. For starters, just lay everything out in front of you and move them around until you’re happy with the layout. 

02 / Angles are everything

I’m not going to lie to you. Angles make or break a flatlay. You need to try your best to make sure your camera or phone is as flat as possible and not tilted. Try standing on a chair (I do it! You’re not crazy) so you’re completely above your layout. 

03 / Try a colour scheme or theme 

Colour schemes can really help your flatlay to look more cohesive and improve the aesthetic appeal of it.  Play around with colour combos and different themes too (eg: artsy, travel, baking, etc…) 

Photo by Iman Cassiem (@flashfilmfilter)

04 / Edit it properly 

Sometimes, you might find that one side of your flatlay has a bit of a shadow and is darker, so when you edit the photo, the other side gets all over-exposed and faded. For this, I suggest Snapseed, as it has a selective tool. You can select an area and only brighten that specific area. It’s extremely helpful. 

I hope this gave you some insight into flatlays! 

Happy snapping. 

Nabeela x

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