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The Art of Flat Lay Photography

Score of 4.7 based on 3 reviews

What you'll learn

When social media changed into a hub for advertising and product placement, the flat lay technique became an important part of photography. Whether your goal is to showcase a product or an item, or just to tell a story with a single image, join the professional photographer Erin Smith in this beginner-friendly class, and you will learn how to level up your own flat lay images. By the end of her lessons, you will become an expert in flat lay photography yourself! Check out the second session of this class where you can find a checklist for you to download.


4.7 3 Reviews

April 26, 2023

Verified purchaser

Very helpful content. I would love to see a video on flat lay clothing photography - it's hard to get everything in the frame and use props with the right scale, and then shoot enough image that it can be useful for people to crop at different sizes (for social media, store listing photos, etc).

Rochelle Berry

January 19, 2023

Verified purchaser

loved learning >>

Marcheta Gibson

March 1, 2022

Verified purchaser

I liked that Erin went over camera settings, but was also hoping to see how she sets up the camera and explain the different equipment that is available. She did mention that a person could hop online to look for options. Which is what I did when I came here. Overall, though, I will say that she is personable, enthusiastic, and her instructions are very clear.

Creative Fabrica

March 1, 2022

Creative Fabrica

Thanks for your feedback Marcheta! I agree that Erin does have such a great personality and explains everything really nicely :) Maybe she can produce another class on explaining equipment and setting it up... so watch this space! In the mean time, why don't you search for the 'Fundamentals of Photography' class by Hannah Argyle here on CF Classes, which may give a few insights. I'm not able to post the link directly here, sorry! Thanks for participating in CF Classes and giving your feedback! Warm wishes, - Rachel from the CF Classes Team

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Listed on Feb 11, 2022 - ID 24454216
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This class has 12 sessions (40m)

Class Preview

A short preview of what you are about to learn in this class.

About Erin and the Checklist

Meet Erin, your new photographer buddy, and learn about the Super Flat Lay Checklist included with this class.

Determining the Purpose of Your Flat Lay

Knowing why you want to capture something will help you understand the best way to capture it.

Camera Settings - Digital Cameras

Erin will teach you the best practices for shooting your flat lay with a digital camera, with a focus on making it social media-ready. If you plan to shoot with your phone, you can skip this video!

Camera Settings - Phone Photography

Learn the best practices for shooting your flat lay with your phone, with a focus on making it social media-ready. If you plan to shoot with a digital camera, you can skip this video!

Consider Your Surface

The surface you shoot on should help contribute to your message or help tell the story. Where will you shoot your flat lay?

Choose a Color Scheme

Colors speak to our subconscious. A cohesive color scheme will help your photo stand out!

Example 1 - Bullet Journal Flat Lay

Watch Erin set up an example flat lay to showcase a bullet journal spread.

Example 2 - Guitar Storytelling Flat Lay

Watch Erin set up an example flat lay to showcase some musical equipment.

Example 3 - Gridding and Negative Space

Composition is important! Erin will give you some composition tips to keep in mind while shooting!

Level Up - the Human Element

Adding people - especially hands - into your shots will help your viewer imagine themselves in the scene. It can be a bit tricky, but it is a powerful communicator!

Final Thoughts

Erin thanks you for joining her class! Don't forget to share your flat lay results with her in the Class Project section!

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Erin Smith

Bullet journal and photography
  • 3 Classes

Hey! I'm Erin, an Aussie photographer and content creator. My bullet journal has changed my life, and I spend my days making bullet journal videos for Youtube, photographing weddings, families and food, and hanging out with my cat.

The Art of Flat Lay Photography