Many photos of objects on Instagram are done with a “Flat lay” set-up with the camera positioned overhead. One of the most importance choices can be finding a good background. Professional photographers spending thousands of dollars for a seamless backdrop that can make the models who stand it front if pop. For simple objects, Drew Scott explains that even a flat white or black table can do wonders to highlight the objects placed on top.
Are you just going to have one object in the photo or several? You may want to start curating a prop shelf to add a bit of character and texture into what might otherwise be a humdrum composition. Caitlin Shoemaker demonstrates how she adds objects like glasses and mason jars with complementary shapes and colors to make a photo of snacks a little homier.
You may think you’ll need to spend hundreds of dollars on a professional lighting rig. While that can help, plenty of Instagrammers get away with using natural lighting and a few smart tips. Utilize the best light source in your house, which is often next to a large window. As Miranda Gardley explains, morning light is often the best of the day and cloudy days can be great because there won’t be many shadows in the pictures.
S Curves and Straight Lines
If you’ve ever wondered how a stylist decides to place objects in the frame, take into a account straight lines and S curves. Straight lines are often considered masculine and S curves tend to be more feminine. If you’re having a hard time visualizing an S layout, the team at Mango Street explains that you can just draw one on a paper and follow it for the layout.
Try a Trend
Chances are you’ve probably seen some of the trends Shelby Church demonstrates in her video about Instagram photos. Not all of these ideas will make sense for craft or DIY pics, but they’re definitely fun and may inspire you to try new things. Firefly lights, for example, can a simple glamor to portraits or still shots.