Flatlay Photography 101 : take better flatlay photos for your instagram and blog | Mahsa Beheshti | Skillshare

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Flatlay Photography 101 : take better flatlay photos for your instagram and blog

teacher avatar Mahsa Beheshti, Content Creator

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. What is flatlay photography

    • 3. Props

    • 4. Lighting

    • 5. Storytelling and Composition

    • 6. Editing

    • 7. Where to find inspiration

    • 8. Wrap up

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About This Class


Wondering how bloggers/instagrammers take pretty flat lay photos?got a camera but never tried flat lay photography?is it lack of equipment keeping you away from creating beautiful photos?

In this course I will talk about everything related to flat lay photography and how to get the best results on a low budget (with mostly things you have at home) still looking professional...

this is a brief class that can improve your photography skill through a very short amount of time.by the end of the class you should upload your flat lay photo to the project gallery.

No prior professional photography skills needed but you need to have a DSLR camera or a phone that takes good quality photos and the basic ability to use your device

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Mahsa Beheshti

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Hello, I'm Mahsa! I am a freelance Videographer, Photographer and Content Creator.I am so excited to be part of Skillshare community and share what I've been learning all these years.

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1. Intro : Hi, my name is Mahsa. I'm a content creator. I work as a freelance photographer, make YouTube videos and a lot more. Social media and marketing are growing so fast and it's hard to keep your audience engaged. I know how hard everyone is trying to be unique and authentic on internet. And I want to share my own experience to help people like me struggle less no matter if you're a blogger or Instagram or, or you have an online store, you probably wanted to create eye-catching content to look genuine. In this course, I will talk about everything related to a photography and how to get the best results on a low budget and is still looked professional. We will focus on composition, lighting, color theory, editing, and how to choose proper prompts to tell your story through what you have to work with. This is a brief class that can improve your photography skills in a very short amount of time. By the end of this class, you will be able to take a professional flatly photo. Hope you all enjoy and create something at the end of this course. 2. What is flatlay photography : What is flatly photography? A flatly is a picture taken from bird's eye view and it's a collection of items laid out on a flat surface. Usually there will be one item that is the main focus of the shot, known as the hero. All the other items in the flatly are there to compliment the hero piece. 3. Props: Now we get to the basics. Before we start to shoot photos, we need some props. First of all, we need a flat surface to layout our items on it. The easiest thing to find, our cardboards, papers, bedsheets, or just your floor. But he can always be smart and find new items to use as background. I sometimes uses scarves, dresses, or any pieces of clothing that can manipulate the eye and do the job. You can also tear some old books and layout the papers just like a whole new background. Then we get to the items we want to use to tell our story through, like books, notebooks, journals, magazines, moocs, flowers, accessories, makeup, and literally anything you can find at your place. It totally depends on what you want to show to your audience. Your hero piece would help you to choose other items based on it. Do not forget to choose items and colors that compliment your main object. 4. Lighting: Lighting is such an important thing in any sort of photography. Since flat plays are usually taken on a wide and flat surface, it can easily play around with highlights and shadows. Of course you can do that impose, but I highly recommend taking a series of shots to get the best results. You can buy a reflector or simply make one. Wild-card boards do the same job. But what silver aluminum does is great for harsh shadows. It totally depends on you and the Muji wanted to create, but keep it in mind. Lighting is the key. Yeah. 5. Storytelling and Composition: Composition is one of the key elements and flatly photography, the way you lay things against each other to colors you pick how you compliment your hero piece and all that selective process would take your photo to a whole new level. You don't need expensive items to create a beautiful photo. Your favorite MOG books are down your shelves, your rings, leftover cookies or whatever you can find around your house would do the job. You get the examples at the end of the video and see how the S-curve is making you follow the items in the photo, considered a main item you're taking a photo for? Are you trying to sell your recent book? Go for items that would make the book sound bold about your clothing line. Is it a recipe? No matter what you're taking a photo for, just tell a story through your crops. Send the message to your audience, and let them follow your visual story with their eyes. Play around with available items, changed their position to get your desired look. Sometimes different angles can change the whole story. Being aware of your brand vibes while you're creating content. How do you introduce your brand to your audience? As bright as colorful, minimal, acceptable, tried to be consistent and stick with that main thing. It helps a lot to level up your work. Two. 6. Editing: To edit photos on your computer, there are plenty of options, but I highly recommend using Lightroom. It might seem confusing at first, but I promise you'll learn it from people on Skillshare or YouTube in a very short time. So this is one of my photos being edited in Lightroom as the first step I wanted to crop this photo so I will get rid of that t-shirt and no one would know what I used for the background. Now, if I scroll down, you'll see the lens correction option. I will go to profile and select the lens and the camera that I used, and it will give me a corrected angle. Now I can get a better point of view to crop my photo. You will see this is like a very small amount of lens distortion which will be fixed with this option. Then I want to fix the lighting of this photo and I tried to change exposure and contrast. You can also use the tone curve. And that's what I'm doing here. Adding a little bit of that area kinda look. And I can also change the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks. And it totally depends on what look you want for your photo. Also another thing that is really important when you're editing a photo, and that is obviously your photo color temperature. If it's leaning towards the blue color or the yellow color, your colors are not balanced. And if you don't fix this, you will not get that perfect white look. Also dot one is something that depends on what you like and there's no one formula for everyone. Next, we get to adding some little extra touches to the hero products in the shot. In this very specific shot, you're seeing a hand cream on a book, which I want to kinda look a little bit more bold and standing out from the whole frame. So the key point here is adding a little extra sharpness, which makes the item stand out from the outer part of the shot. Then there are these annoying shadows that are there because there was another lighting which I didn't notice when I was taking the shot, so I can just make it go away. And you see that if you just play around with some of the options here, you can just get rid of them easily. So if you miss something while you're shooting, just make it look better at post. Hello. 7. Where to find inspiration: Sometimes you don't have any idea and looking at the other people's work can make you think of new compositions, new items, and basically motivating you to go and take your own flat lays. Other than Instagram that you usually find I blazing flat lays, you can also take a look at these websites and get inspired as well. Interests on a swash pixels and we heard it or some of my favorite go-to websites for inspiration. 8. Wrap up: Hope you all enjoyed my very first class. I'm skill share, uploads your projects and ask questions looking forward, seeing what you create.