So you just owned the Thanksgiving spread, now take the best snap of it to store in your good memories. Just in time for Thanksgiving, here are a few tips on how to take a reeeeaall good flat lay pic.

TIP #1 Considering the background is as important as the items that you’re photographing. Try to find a clean and/or consistent background.

IMG_7084TIP #2 Lighting is what makes or breaks any photo, really. Try to get natural lighting from a window. Direct light may be too harsh and artificial light might make your photos have a yellow tinge.

TIP #3 Just because they’re called flat lays, they don’t always have to be photographed as flat objects. Try taking photos at different angles and don’t be afraid to move the camera closer to the items.

IMG_7076TIP #4 Play around with re-arranging and re-ordering the items in your flat lay. They don’t have to be neatly put together! They can also run off the frame!

IMG_7078TIP #5 Try letting the items in your flat lay interact within the photo. It can be as simple as taking the lids off your cosmetics to show the product, or maybe getting someone to interact with some of the food that your snapping!

TIP #6 Never over-edit the photo! A little increase of the brightness might just do the trick.

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Written by Gold Soul blogger Alissa Recil. She is a design student and a freelance writer from Australia. Follow her at Words By Femme.