I flatlay quite often on my Instagram page, cannot lie and you know it if you’re following me on Instagram.
Based on the likes and comments I get I’m quite convinced you guys love them and I have been asked a couple of times what apps I use to edit my photos but also how I put my flatlays products together. So yeah, today it’s all about how I flatlay and the applications I cannot live without.
HOW I FLATLAY
I always do my flatlay with an item I want to highlight. I will then look around my room and see what other items could join the “start” product. I do this keeping in mind things have to be cohesive and logic. I usually throw in 3 to 6 different items ( lipsticks, cameras, magazines, sunglasses, food etc … ). Depending on my mood or how I think the flatlay will look the best, I opt for a square arrangement, or something more carefree as if things were just thrown in the flatlay randomly ( which is not the case obviously , nothing in a flatlay is really random lol).
THE APPS I USE
I love simple things , and this applies to how I edit as well. I currently use two applications when I edit my pictures: SNAPSEED and VSCO. From time to time, more like rarely , I add a little bit of editing from the good old Instagram filters ( Ludwig being my favourite ). I really pay attention to my overall feed appearance. I want it to have a certain tone and consistence. So read through on why I love the above mentioned apps and the order in which I use them.
Snapseed is the first app I use in my editing process. This app is magic. I’m always able to reach the tone I’m looking for by playing with the contrast, the shadows, ambiance and everything in between. It does not compromise the quality of my photos.
Next in line is the oh so famous VSCO. I use it to add the finishing touch to my photos. If you have noticed, my photos are warm and moody. I used to post really bright photos but I prefer warmer and inviting scenes way better, like 1000% better. My current favourite filters are A9, HB1, HB2 and A6, then I go on and add a little bit of contrast, adjust the temperature etc … Whatever you do in VSCO do not crop your photos with the app. It will alter the quality. Been there, done that. I always save the original size then crop using my I-phone cropping tool.
So there they are, my tips and tricks to achieve a cohesive Instagram feed and master a flatlay. If I can give my two cents here, the less app you use to filter your photos, the more authentic they will look. Less is more darlings. If you have any questions please do not feel shy to reach out. I love chatting with fellow bloggers or ladies who just like the blogosphère.