Us bloggers love a good flat lay don't we? I know it's something that's taken me a while to perfect. Now, there isn't a list of rules for the perfect flat lay, it's what your idea of perfect is, every blogger is different and will have their own style of photography. However, a few helpful tips and advice, plus a bit of inspo can definitely help you along the way to achieve the type of flat lay you want. There are lots of different flat lay styles, some people just stick to one and have a real theme going with their blog or Instagram, and others like me go for different styles all of the time to get a nice mixture.
Some examples of different flat lay styles for instance are, clean minimal ones with lots of white space, the organised style where all of the products line up or busy ones that look like a huge stylish mess. My favourite type are busy ones using lots of props with loads going on. I also don't like to stick to one type of background, I like to mix it up and the main three backgrounds I use are white floorboards, marble & plain white backdrops.
ApertureAperture is reaaaaaally important, especially if you're shooting with a DSLR. When shooting a flat lay, you want to make sure that everything is in focus. The larger the f-stop is and the smaller the aperture is, the more your objects will be in focus. However it also means that your shutter speed gets longer so it helps to up the ISO as well, especially if you're not using a stand. I never use a stand when taking my photos (although they really help, especially with flat lays) so I usually shoot a flat lay with an f-stop of about 5.6 or lower. If I have no tall items that are closer to the camera then I can usually go a bit lower. If my flat lay has very few items in it, I sometimes shoot with a very large aperture of maybe 2.0 because I can get away with it. I do prefer to shoot with larger apertures just because it lets in a lot more light and makes for much brighter photos.
So those are the guidelines I follow for creating my idea of a perfect flat lay, hopefully this helped anyone that's struggling. Let me know if you have any other tips!