Week 6 – Flat Lay

Part 1 – Information

 

A flat lay is a type of still life photo shot top down (Birds Eye View).

Objects are arranged or organized in such a way that the viewer’s eye moves around the composition rather than settling on one focal point

A lot of flat lays center around a theme

Other flat lays tell a story or describe a person

We’re going on a Picnic

Skip to the 1:10 mark to begin….


 

Part 2 – Assignment

 

Your task is you design 2 different flat lays to photograph? They should have separate themes or tell different stories

4 Easy Steps

  1. Come up with a theme
  2. Choose a surface that adds to you photo (or at least doesn’t distract from it)
  3. Identify your light source
  4. Arrange your objects thoughtfully/ aesthetically

 

Step 1. – Come up with a theme

  • Brainstorm
  • Come up with more themes than you need
  • Make lists of what you have available

 

Step 2. – Choose a surface that adds to you photo 

(or at least doesn’t distract from it)

Here are just a few possibilities:

  • Towel
  • Table
  • Carpet
  • Floor
  • Sheets
  • Grass
  • Asphalt
  • Sidewalk
  • Decking
  • Tiled floor
  • Paper
  • Cardboard

 

For added value you can have the background relate to the theme!

  • Cooking theme > Cutting Board
  • Beach theme > Towel
  • Carpentry theme > Plywood or Cement floor

 

Step 3 – Plan your light source

 

A big window or glass door will work as well if not better than a lamp. You can also shoot outside!

 

 

4. Arrange your objects thoughtfully and aesthetically

 

Even if the objects are random organizing them in a pleasing way makes for a good image

 

 

 

 

Part 3 – Turn-in – Due May 8th

 

Commercial Photo 1  Students post your best 2 (TWO) images using your Schoology account assignment area. You will upload each one individually by choosing Re-Submit option.

 

 

Commercial Photo 2 & Practicum  Students post your best 2 (TWO) images using your WIX account blog area. No text required.