Use A Basic Background Opt for a flatlay background that complements the featured products and doesn’t distract the viewer from the main subject. Simple backgrounds, such as tabletops, wooden floorboards, white cardboard, bench tops, marble tiles, shaggy rugs and clean bed sheets work well in almost any situation, so have a look around your home for surfaces to flatlay on.
Shoot in Natural Light The number one rule of flatlay images is to always shoot in natural light, either in the morning or afternoon as the midday light is quite harsh. Natural light is best because it does not create shadows, so shoot somewhere that is drenched in natural light, perhaps near a large window or glass doors. Try different places around your home and office until you find a place that gives you the best natural lighting.
Leave Space Between Each Object To ensure your flatlay is not cluttered and chaotic, leave space between each product. The space doesn’t have to be big, but it needs to be enough to balance out the image.
Pick A Theme The theme is important because your flatlay should tell a story or describe a moment in time, so ensure every piece of the flatlay helps to tell the story and is in line with the overall theme. The theme could be anything, from travel, fashion, beauty and food to ‘a day in the life’ or ‘what’s in my bag.’ Whatever the case, use products that naturally go well together and would be seen in the same scene.