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    Caitlin Compton

    I tried my hand at flat lay photography today. It seems to have become a popular photography style on social media, blogs etc. So I wanted to try it out for stock photography using kitchen utensils. I was using the kitchen bench, and it was low light. So had to go up to a pretty high ISO. Much to my disappointment, I realised that it isn’t take sharp when I went to process it. 😬 (Need to get better at checking that in camera!) Because the bench was my background it was up high which meant I had to be perched on a chair, holding the camera above my head. . . so you know. . . hard to keep the camera steady. 😉 The hardest thing I found about doing flat lay was arranging the items to look full, but not cluttered and not getting the edges soft. The pictures are far from perfect, but does anyone have any critique for the images? I’ve attached the original first. Then the first edit and then a different edit for a more modern feel.

    Has anyone else tried this style before? 🙂 What did you learn while shooting? Any tips?


    Lydia Bennett

    I’m really not familiar with this style of photography (although as I see your photos I do recognize the style), but two things that I’m thinking:

    1- If you use a tripod rather than doing a hand-held shot, you should be able to get a higher quality image, both by using manual focus, and using a slower shutterspeed rather than a high ISO.

    2- I’d imagine, since it’s called “flat lay” photography that there should be a little less depth in the image. I notice it particularly in the sifter in the top left corner and the measuring cup in the lower right corner. Correct me if I’m wrong about that. 🙂

    One other thing- personally, I’m not a huge fan of the modern editing style as seen in the third image. To me, I find it tends to look dark and dingy. However, if you actually like the style and you want to edit some of your photos that way, there’s totally nothing wrong with that! It’s very much a thing of personal preference. I know that style is popular at the moment, but fads come and go anyways, and I’m just not crazy about it. 🙂

    The other benefit to using a tripod is that you would be able to set up your shot, and then experiment with different amounts of utensils to see how “cluttered” or simple you’d like it to be.

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