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Among the most frequently asked questions I get about flat lays are those related to the background of the photos. A lot of people have doubts on how to choose the best option or how to leave it really white or even about variations that can make the photos even more creative.

Currently most of my photos have a white background. In the beginning, as I have shown countless times in the Instagram stories of @coolflatlays, I photographed using the top of a white cabinet. Since then I have tried many other options, from cardboard, EVA, sheet, printed canvas … but I opted for the ceramic tiles.

The reasons are many: practicality, easy to clean, relatively light and easy to carry to other places if you want to work with other light, lots of colors and textures. In addition, I chose square pieces that make it much easier to assemble the photos already in Instagram format.

As I said, I have preferably used white background in the photos, so I chose light ones with only a slight marbled effect. Up here are the two variations that I use most: a square plate with marble effect and another hexagonal with the same texture.

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ELIANE: PLACE AC 60X60CM 

Both pieces are from Eliane, here above is the reference of the larger square. This is the most frequent background of my photos. The marbled effect is discreet, but leaves the photos with a more natural air since the white is not so flat. Also, the piece is finished in satin finish, so it does not shine and does not affect the photos.

This ceramic is sold in boxes with 4 units. I shoot small parts and have little space at home, so I currently use only one unit. But if you have space or want to shoot larger compositions with looks or other types of pieces, the 4 units will be perfect for mounting a larger square.

ELIANE: PLACE T-3000 HEX AC 30X30CM

The hexagonal option already comes in smaller pieces, like the one in the first photo of the post. Up here is the reference of this piece that is also from Eliane. And, just like the previous option, it also has satin finish, so it does not shine in the photos.

This piece is sold in boxes with 10 units. For @coolflatlays photos I use 4 units that come together as a puzzle and form a larger square. If you need a larger background just join more pieces.

And if you like flat lays and search for references, you must have seen this hexagonal background in countless photos. It is a great option to vary a little and make the photos more interesting.

DECORTILES: SIXTIES WHITE 30X30CM 

Finally, another option that has also appeared in my photos on @coolflatlays is the Sixties tile from Decortiles. Particularly this is my favorite applied to floors and here is a small spoiler of my future home!

It was the one I used in the photo above, and the variation from Eliane’s hexagonal is small. The Sixties is smooth with no marbled effect and has the most glossy finish. For the photos I prefer Eliane’s Hexagonal, because the space for grouting between the pieces is smaller and more discreet. Just notice how in Sixties you can see the little screen that connects the pieces. It’s a detail, but it makes a difference.

This tiles comes in boxes with 22 units. Similar to Eliane’s Hexagonal, I use only 4 units that together form a square.


As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, one of the advantages of ceramic tiles is the variety of sizes, colors and textures available. Just a quick glance at Eliane and Decortiles’ website for you to realize this (there’s so many wonderful options!).

So if you have space and a lot of creativity you can choose from numerous options of backgrounds for your photos. In the meantime I keep dreaming about having a studio to work with all these options and share it here with you, of course!


Still in doubt? Are you curious about this type of photo? Just leave a comment or check my other posts on the subject!

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Last week I told you about my new project with flat lays on Instagram right? @coolflatlays has new posts almost every day and I’m really enjoying it. If you are still not following me there, keep an eye because some of the tips I will share here today I showed in real time on the  Instagram stories and I have answered questions by direct.

But continuing the first post with 6 tips for a perfect flat lay photo I decided to share some more tricks and details about this type of photography. Take a look!


1. Square

I use the flat lay photos basically only on Instagram (@coolflatlays!). So for me the ideal photos are in square format so the feed looks more beautiful and harmonic.

As I said on a previous post with general photography tips, I make all the photos with the Canon 6D, including the flat lay ones. But I can not always scale the square photo correctly just by looking before shooting, so I use the  iphone camera in the square format to preview my composition.

This way I can make sure that the photo will be in the square size without the need to cut a piece or much margin left. To make sure that it was exactly as I imagined it, I still take the photo from the camera to the cell phone through the wi-fi and already check with some editing program if the framing was perfect. Nothing worse than undone the entire composition and then realizing that the format was not square!

2. Patience

For me the flat lay is an art of patience to get the best result. One of these days I will count how many times I go up and down the ladder to align some object or improve the framing or simply change everything and start over again.

Often just looking I can not identify if the overall harmony of the photo is good, so I need to shoot and analyze in the camera if the result is as I imagined. And being very sincere, it rarely gets perfect at first.

Look below for some records I made while I was producing a flat lay. I started with an idea, then I decided to change everything and not satisfied I changed everything again. It’s like this most of the time, take a look:

All this to arrive at this result here:

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3. Objects in the right place

This tip I showed 2 times in @cooflatlays ‘ stories while shooting. Properly positioning objects is essential to having a perfect photo, but this is not always an easy task when you have rounded or sloping pieces.

This is the case with most glasses! When you put it on the table, usually the glasses are tilted, because of the format. To ensure that it is positioned up and well looking in the photo I use a blue glue, like a clay, which is reusable, glue on everything without ruining it and can be used in the size and quantity you want.

Mine is the one from the photo below, Blu Tack. I’ve had it for about 10 years and it’s still perfect and very useful. I did not find this brand to sell in Brazil, but there a few similar version, has anyone tried it? Anyway, I highly recommend this, because it saves our life when it comes to positioning objects.

Down here I gave an example with glasses, which I use a lot. Notice that in the first photo the glasses are in the original position and in the second, already with the glue, it is facing upwards. In this case it is a detail, but it can also be used to hold a pencil, for example, that does not stand in the correct position.

Anyway, the possibilities are many and this glue can facilitate a lot the positioning of the objects.

4. Inspiration

In flat lay photos inspiration can come from anywhere! I have, for example, loved to look for sources other than fashion. Of course, clothes and accessories keep popping up around here, but I’ve had fun trying to photograph them with food, flowers … So now I find a lot of inspiration going to the supermarket (yes!). Sometimes I see a different chocolate or some colourful candies and already imagine a photo.

Another unusual place that can inspire some pics: those general stories that sell almost everything, you know? There are a thousand items and between candles, stationery and artificial flowers you can find new ideas. I would rather have used real flowers, but since I did not find in the flower shop near here what I had imagined, I went to one of these little shops to take the picture down here. The bouquet of flowers was not exactly beautiful, so I cut the branches and thought it worked super well.

That is, you do not have to spend a lot or have incredible things to do flat lays, the inspiration can be in the simplest places!

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5. Perspective

I have said many times that the ideal is always to photograph from above the composition of flat lay. I usually use a ladder to get a good distance and so I can position myself exactly on top of objects.

Sometimes even though you take several photos and try to guarantee this ideal positioning, the photo may not have the correct perspective and this is visible especially in straight objects. But some small perspective mistakes can be easily corrected while editing photos.

As I mentioned in the post about photography in general, I use the Snapseed app a lot to edit the photos on the phone. And in this app yourect  can correct the perspective problem, it’s really easy.

Just click on: Transform > Horizontal and/or vertical perspective (to change the options just keep your finger pressed on the screen and drag down)

Below is an example of before and after. I did not edit the edges of the photos so that you could better visualize the perspective correction. Note that in the photo on the left the top edge of the photo and the stripes are tilted down. The objects on the left seem closer to the lens right?

I used Snapseed’s horizontal perspective tool and corrected that error. It looks like the stripes and the edge of the photo appear straighter and the objects at the same distance from the camera.


How about these new tips? I tried to put some things very practical that anyone who is already trying some flat lays can practice now and see the difference! I’ll keep posting on @coolflatlays and as soon as I have new tricks and tips to share I’ll post here.


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Since that first post with tips for flat lay photos (haven’t read yet? Click here!) I didn’t stop producing new pictures. I’ve always told you that I’m really passionate about photography, and since I’m always in front of the cameras for the outfit posts, I think I found a way to make myself happy and inspired with the flat lays!

I have been taking several photos a week and I often end up not posting here on the blog or on my Instagram profile. So I created another profile just to post this kind of photo: @coolflatlays!

More than that, I have taken advantage of the coolflatlays account to share more about each photo, give tips and show in the stories the real-time production of the photos. Who saw me up the stairs last week while I  was taking pictures?

This photo down here I showed in the stories today, so you still have time to see a nice tip I gave there to keep the objects exactly where you want them to stay. I also shared about the inspiration that came all from this autumn, gray and melancholic day.

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Also, now I can gather all my photos of flat lay in one place which makes it very easy for anyone looking for inspiration right?

And talking about inspiration, if you are also in love with this type of photography and have produced some flat lays out there tag @coolflatlays and use #coolflatlays so that we can create together a cool gallery to inspire more and more. I will love to see what you are producing and find new ideas and compositions.

Seriously, even if you are still a beginner and are taking their first steps in this addictive world of flat lays tag me there on instagram. Let’s learn and improve our photos together! (:

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Ah, but if you don’t like to take pics, but enjoy some nice little things, beautiful shoes, incredible sunglasses and all of those things, go there too! At @coolflatlays I show several pieces that I have not yet shown on looks du jour.

Anyway, this new project is very special for me and I am very happy with every comment, every direct and every photo I get there.

Meanwhile, I’m producing a new post with tips for flat lay photos. There are some tricks and details that go beyond the basics you already find in my first post.

And if you have any specific questions about this type of photography and composition, this is the time to write to me! Leave it here in the comments that in the next post I will reply.


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