Lesson 7

Flat Lay Photography

This lesson explores flat lay photography technique’s.  These techniques can be done with your phone or high end DSLR camera. These techniques can give your portfolio a unique look.

We are also exploring the question, “can a photo of someones ‘things’ be a portrait of the person?


Success Criteria:

By the end of these lessons, you will have used your phone or camera in manual mode to capture images.

Photoshop will have been used to edit images and create a composite image.

Answer’s to questions and image files will be uploaded to OneDrive and Shared with your teacher.




“Don’t be afraid of being different.  Be afraid of being the same as everybody else”. 






When you see this icon with the question mark a response from you is required. These responses need to be uploaded to OneDrive and shared with me.

Don’t forget our deal with Adobe so that you can get Photoshop on your home computer for only a handful or two of dollars!

Flat Lay or Lay Flat Photography

We are going to combine Flat Lay photography with the idea of portrait photography.  So essentially the question I am asking is, can you create a portrait of someone by photographing their ‘things’?


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What advice does Peter give about Balance?
(particularly at 7:24)

At 8:20ish Peter talks about background textures.  What are your takeaways from what he said?


Provide your reaction to the idea of Layflat or Flat Lay photography.




1. Get the items that belong to your theme and decide which items you will use.
2. Create a basic layout that has one main feature
3. Consider the BALANCE.  Symmetry is a good place to start.
4. Textures and Details.  What will your background surface be? What little details can you add in to build character?


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Write a couple of paragraphs that addresses the question: Can you create a portrait of someone by photographing their ‘things’?


Create your own series of Flat Lay ‘portraits’.