Flat Lay Photos: Pictures of Flatlays

Flatlay photography is an easy and creative way to showcase groups of products, give a stunning snapshot of a work space, or just showcase thematic elements in an aesthetically rich way.

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments


fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza


hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box


back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils


student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies


back to school knolling flatlay

Back To School Knolling Flatlay


school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons


school supplies knolling

School Supplies Knolling


school and study supplies

School And Study Supplies


back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood


toast with peanut butter and fruit

Toast With Peanut Butter And Fruit


pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot


survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay


circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology


robot components

Robot Components


fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce


afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele


afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay


contact us sign with phone on desk

Contact Us Sign With Phone On Desk


knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass


campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit


camping gear flatlay

Camping Gear Flatlay


assorted hot beverages tea matcha coffee

Assorted Hot Beverages Tea Matcha Coffee


children sharing and playing with toys

Children Sharing And Playing With Toys


kids playing with block toys

Kids Playing With Block Toys


toddler hands playing with colorful blocks

Toddler Hands Playing With Colorful Blocks


business meeting in office for team

Business Meeting In Office For Team


students meet and study

Students Meet And Study


neatly set desk for startup or school

Neatly Set Desk For Startup Or School


students study and prepare as team

Students Study And Prepare As Team


student team meeting at table

Student Team Meeting At Table


business startup desktop flatlay

Business Startup Desktop Flatlay


students working and studying flatlay

Students Working And Studying Flatlay


four students study flatlay

Four Students Study Flatlay


drone knoll flatlay

Drone Knoll Flatlay


tech group meeting flatlay

Tech Group Meeting Flatlay


workspace flatlay with leather bag and notebook

Workspace Flatlay With Leather Bag And Notebook


tech meeting flatlay

Tech Meeting Flatlay


three students working flatlay

Three Students Working Flatlay


student using calculator

Student Using Calculator


office wooden desk workspace

Office Wooden Desk Workspace


drone knoll side angle view

Drone Knoll Side Angle View


man pointing at laptop screen analytics

Man Pointing At Laptop Screen Analytics


desk office workspace flatlay

Desk Office Workspace Flatlay


bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay


mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies


houseware home and kitchen decor

Houseware Home And Kitchen Decor


livingroom tray with plant and game controllers

Livingroom Tray With Plant And Game Controllers


bird book and tea time

Bird Book And Tea Time


tea time with kitty cat

Tea Time With Kitty Cat


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Tips for Your own flatlay photography

What makes this type of photography so popular is not just the look of the photography style, but that it’s relatively easy to do. Generally you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take a great flatlay image - an iPhone camera and good lighting will do!

Feel free to browse our database of flatlay images or check our tips below for creating your own beautiful pictures.

Shoot for a single color palette

Generally speaking - it’s best to select a colour pallette of about 2-3 unifying colours and work around those colors with varying patterns and textures. Having a predetermined pallette will help to unify the composition of the image and direct the mood of the piece. For example - object in navy blue and deep red will usually give the image a more somber feel to it whereas bright pinks and purples will make the image a bit more playful.

You’ll also want to make sure you use a neutral background colour as well. Most flatlay pictures use a white background, but feel free to experiment with black, grey or more muted wood tones as well. A neutral background colour will make the foreground items stand-out, complimenting the items and focusing your audience's attention towards your subjects.

Let the composition of your pictures tell a story

It’s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a “theme” before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is “Cluttered Office” - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is “Brunch Time” - you might include items like toasted bagels and sparkling mimosas. Let your image tell a story through objects surrounding a common theme.

Experiment with Space and Lighting

Not all flatlay images are built the same. For some - a cluttered workspace might convey a sense of chaos to the audience while a more sparse use of objects with more negative space might give the viewer a sense of calming isolation.

With regards to lighting - it’s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You don’t want your lights to be too bright however, as this can wash-out some of the beauty of your colours and create jarring, odd shadows.

Natural light works best as well - especially in the morning when the sun has risen but is not yet in full force. If you’re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day that’s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.