Flat Lay Photography: How I Take My Instagram Photos
After receiving so many lovely compliments and a few requests I decided to write this post to share the process I use when taking my Instagram photos and flat lays.
For those just wanting the basics I'll keep this post short and sweet, but for those of you who want exact details, what lights I have, app settings and filters I use CLICK HERE and I'll email you my FREE 10 page Instagram Photography and Flat Lay Guide including images and screenshots.
I like to mix my flat lays up using a combination of grid layout, "makeup mess" with strategically scattered products, feature products where I'll hold the hero product I'm showcasing or more lifestyle shots where I incorporate other props such as beauty books, magazines, jewellery or other items I find aesthetically pleasing that are Insta worthy and suit the theme. Find a style that suits you and create amazing and unique content. While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I've seen some shots which could pass as my aesthetic which is a little disappointing but I'm also guilty of being a little too inspired by Instagram shots too. While Instagram is a saturated social platform definitely experiment to find a point of difference and make your own mark.
If you have access to natural light take advantage of it, it's definitely the best source. But if you're like me and live an apartment which doesn't get a lot of light flow I opt for soft box lights. Set them up around your working area to get the best light.
I was initially taking my Instagram photos using my DSLR or point and shoot camera but in truth I found I can take just as good photos using my iPhone 6 Plus.
WHAT EDITING APPS I USE
I use two to three separate apps to edit my photos before posting them to the gram. It may seem like a lot but I find each one does just the right job for the look I'm wanting to achieve. The apps I use are VSCO, Facetune and InstaSize.
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Do you have any tips for slaying your photography and flat lays?