Am I a “Pot” or a “Kettle”?

First, a definition is needed.

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Its something you say that means people should not criticize someone else for a fault that they have themselves:

(Ex.) Velda told me I don’t have enough quilt photos on my blog.  Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

So, with no further ado, I’m set to chat with you about something I have very little actual knowledge of.   In fact all I know about this topic would fit into an egg-cup,  but it is something that makes a huge difference to bloggers and their readers.  I am talking about “Flat Lay” photography.

This, my friends is an awesomely easy way to share your story with almost-zero words.   If you are on Instagram, you’ve seen and “liked”  literally thousands of photos using Flat Lay photography techniques and OMG many of them are absolutely stunning.

I’ve done some research on the Internet and am delighted to share some of the simply smart tips I found.   Should you wish to follow the same path I took, google “Flat-Lay Photography” and click away.  You’ll be glad you did.

The only tools you need are a cell phone and a flat surface….and items to photograph of course. Here are a few ideas you might consider when planning your next photoshoot.

  1. Start with a simple color scheme and a theme.  Try to limit yourself to 2 or 3  colours that you want to showcase. In my example at the end of this post,  I use mostly yellows and blue/teal and my theme is “Sneak Peak” (I’m taking part in a Block Hop in September, and don’t want to show the whole quilt block I’m making, but I want to show folks that I’m working on it).  These are the supplies I’m using.BA2B0CB6-C5FD-40E6-AB1C-85E7F9F5CE13
  2. Consider using negative space in your collage….leaving a blank space encourages the viewer to use their imagination to fill in the space.
  3. Some folks think less is more.  Not me….Nope, more is always more in my world.  But in this case, “do as I say, not as I do” is a good motto.
  4. Soft natural light is always best.  If you are enjoying a slightly hazy or  overcast day, take your photo outside.  Be aware however, that too much sunlight is always a bad thing.  It will cast shadows on your photo and wash out all your colours.  Trust me on this one.
  5. Add in something unusual in your photo, something that works with the theme/scheme – or perhaps something completely off the wall.  Its your photo.  There are no photo police.
  6. Use a photo enhancing application to make colours pop, or fade into the background.  There are tons of free ones you can download. I use “Phonto” and “Mix on Pix” when I want to add text or a watermark to my photo.  Check out a few.  They are all simple to use and you will quickly find a favourite.

FYI, I subscribe to “Make Modern” quilting magazine. It hails from Australia, is totally on-line and I love it.   In Back Issue 17, there is a whole article on Flat-Lay Photography that will give you all kinds of tips and tricks to make your photos shine.  Go ahead, check it out.

Issue No. 23 was just released and its chock full of informative articles, beautiful quilts and other projects that you can make.   I especially love the quilt that my friend Cathy Victor designed.  It is featured on Page 46–just saying.  If you want to purchase your own  subscription, follow the link to Make Modern and just do it.

And finally, here is my flat lay photograph using some of the tips I laid out above .12A7641A-4F7C-4470-BFF3-86A27DF49609

How cool is that.  Did you d something creative today?







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  2. Joni says:

    Love it, Velda! I went and got the back issue of Make Modern, and it didn’t have the flay lay article in it. Can you check on that for me? I’m really interested in reading it! Thanks!!


  3. zippyquilts says:

    Well! I never heard of “flat lay” photography, though in fact I use it a fair amount. Thanks for the informative article 🙂


  4. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Velda,
    I’ve never heard of flat-lay photography. Thank you for all the great tips and tricks, and I will be sure to look this up. I think you final photo looks great! I love the tape measure for added yellow interest. Happy Happy Friday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne


  5. Great post Velda! I love flat lay photography, and always try to add one whenever I am featuring a block. Thank you for the tips to help the shoot!😊❤️


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