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Flat Lay Food Photography Challenge

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Flat Lay Food Photography Challenge

Maneet Sikka

by Maneet Sikka

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A flat lay is a photograph taken directly from above. In a flat lay challenge, you lay out your subjects on a flat surface as a backdrop. There’s something special about a delectable arrangement of food shot this way. It delights the brain and feeds the soul. Here’s how you can amp up a flat lay challenge by making it a flat lay food photography challenge.

1. Use natural light

Shoot near an open window and try to get soft, balanced light. You need natural, overhead light to avoid unflattering shadows. A cloudy day is perfect to try the food flat lay challenge.

2. Less can be more

You can choose to have a classy wooden board or a clean white background. Get creative with a versatile marble or linen background. But be careful not to let your background overpower the food. Keep your color scheme simple and pleasing with two or three complementary colors.

3. Position Play

If you’re looking for a neat, organized look, try a symmetrical shot similar to a grid. Or you could go for an effortless, casual look with a messy layout. Experiment with your placement by adding and removing objects until they look satisfying.

4. Tell a story

A little emotional depth goes a long way when it comes to a flat lay challenge. Set your scene with main subjects, supporting elements, and props. Decorative details are great for a flat lay challenge, as long as they don’t look cluttered.

5. Get to the right height

The ideal height is crucial to get a bird’s eye view of your set-up. Use a stool or a chair to get the optimal shot from a distance. An important rule in a flat lay challenge is that no angles are allowed. Your camera needs to be completely parallel to the floor. You can ensure this by enabling grid lines on your device. The horizontal lines will show you how to adjust your position to get a good flat lay.

6. Don’t over-edit

A tiny tweak in brightness and contrast can indeed transform your picture wonderfully. But remember to keep your editing minimal. Authenticity is essential to nail a food flat lay challenge.

Take inspiration from the work of Maneet Sikka (Instagram: @maneet_16). These are some ideas to help you understand how to click super satisfying flat lays.

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