• HOW I CREATE AND EDIT FLAY LAYS

    10 November, 2017 • Posted in Blogging Tips, Life

    This is collaboration with Panasonic

    I am by no means an expert when it comes to flat lays and editing. However, blogging since 2013 I have picked up a thing or two. So I wanted to share my top tips of how you can create and be your own expert.

    CAMERA

    When I first started back in 2013, I did not have a clue about cameras. I used a digital camera I had accessible which at the time was a Canon S90. It was basic, took an OK picture and it did the job.

    As I grew I wanted my blog to grow with me. So I invested in a Canon 700D DSLR camera which can be a big investment but it truly does take a lot of the work out for you when capturing that shot. Another great camera is the Panasonic CSC Camera offering the ultimate lumix image quality, whats so great about this camera it allows you explore new dimensions of photography, taking your photos to the next level. Its definitely a camera I am hoping to invest in one day.

    Nowadays even the latest iPhones and other smartphones pretty much do just as good job as any than a DSLR camera would do. Whatever device you use its important to get a photo that you are happy to publish and feel proud of.

     

    EDITS

    Since investing in my camera I am happy to say I don’t do as much editing as I used to. I am very basic and top level when it comes to editing and honestly, that comes to confidence. There is so much to learn and so many ways to improve (I am currently learning Lightroom CC to up my game!) But here are a few things I use.

    IPiccy

    This online software honestly is a godsend. IPiccy is a photo editing website and is similar to Picnik with more options to edit. From applying photo effects, lighting, stickers and text it has all the basic requirements needed. Best of all – this can be accessed anywhere!

    So the main areas I use to edit are

    Auto-Fix
    Exposure
    Vibrance

    Here is an example of a photo I took as you can see its pretty dark. I first apply an auto-fix which immediately takes away any dark fragments and gives the image an even tone to work with. I then apply exposure and highlight which helps to brighten the photo (my fave part!) I then finish off with vibrance which makes the image original colours bold and visibly brighter.

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    Afterlight and VSCO

    These are my main phone editing tools I use when I am on the go. I often upload my images from the memory card and chuck them here to use their magical edit powers. I love how they can brighten, crop or up the contrast anti.  I love VSCO for adjusting its exposure and contrast and I love Afterlight for its filters.

    PROPS

    This is my favourite part of flat lays. Buying bits and pieces to create your own aesthetic background. It was almost as if you were buying bits for your home. If you find it hard to find a natural place in your home to take pics – props will be your new best friend! The main things I would suggest especially for new bloggers just getting started is to have the following (all of which are inexpensive)

    • A3 board
    • Vinyl
    • Fluffy blanket
    • Accessories such as candles, plants or even jewellery

    Creating my own board was genius – I have two, I created a white and marble board which allows making all things especially beauty products really pop! I always love to use a soft blanket to give the photo texture and a dynamic appearance. I find it prevents the image from looking flat. I also love chucking some candles or jewellery. You will be surprised what you can find around the house.

    With these, I create a square perimeter almost and ensure all products and props are shown within an image that can be cropped and perfectly placed for your content. Its all about getting the right angle without letting your secrets out. (shhh!)

    You can purchase most of your props from places such as B&Q for pieces of vinyl and stationary from staples or paperchase. Home accessories can be pretty much be found in most places. I purchased mine from Primark and H&M they have some inexpensive accessories which look beautiful on camera. I will share some of my favourites below.

    That’s my top steps, I know its short and simple – but hoping to get to grips with photography and of course editing. I am working on a little project which I’m hoping to share with you soon!

     

    Till then what are your top tips?

     

    Till my next post..

    Yasmin x
    #beautyafter30

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    HOW I CREATE AND EDIT FLAY LAYS

    • Kayleigh Zara says:

      These are some reallly great tips! Your camera quality appears to be really good so it’s great that you have to do very little editing x

    • Gemma says:

      I love this post! Very informational! Definitely picked up some good tips here. I’m always looking to improve my photography skills and this has given me some inspiration.

      Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

    • I’m always grabbing bits from around the house for flatlays, and before I know it, I have half of my bedroom around wherever I’m taking photos.. 😂 I really need to create my own board though! I currently just use a large piece of card, but it gets bent and is difficult to hold down! Greats tips.. 🙊

    • Alice says:

      VSCO was such a game changer for me! It literally made my photos better in every single way, I haven’t heard of ipiccy before so I’ll definitely be checking that out and I love a good old fluffy blanket for a background!
      Alice Xx

    • Chessie says:

      Great post! I love your photography so it’s great to see how you achieve your fab photo quality!x

      Chessie | everythingchessie.co.uk 🌿

    • Alicia says:

      You’re photography is amazing! Always looks so professional! Great tips on here especially the use of lighting for photos!xx

    • Julia says:

      It’s such a good post! I’ve been learning about photography mostly from posts like these. I like learning new tricks and about new apps that help with editing. Thank you so much!

      Julia xx
      theglassofclass.com

    • Lily says:

      This is super helpful! Also love your photography x

    • Leslie says:

      I have been wanting to upgrade my camera as well! It just seem so like its the right time to do so!

    • Alice says:

      I’m always running around the house, rummaging through cupboards and drawers to try and find different things to use as photo props haha. I’ve got my own cupboard in my room dedicated to them, if anyone were to look in there they’d be like what on earth? VSCO is amazing isn’t it?! It really helps transform your photos to the next level x

      Alice http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    • Anu says:

      This is almost exactly what I do except I use Photoshop and Lightroom for editing! On my phone I love Color Story for filters so you should check that out if you haven’t already :)x

      Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

    • Love it when bloggers share their tips its so useful to see how others work and to help each other out! This is super informative and your photography looks amazing <3 xxx