How to Slay the Flat Lay Photography Style


We all know that cute styling, great lighting, and perfectly arranged props are the foundation of a cool Instagram flat lay. Still, regardless of how much we try, our snaps still fail to turn out the way we imagined it to be. But fret not, as we’ve listed down some of top tips on how you can take a flat lay photo like a pro.

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  1. Proper Lighting is Everything

Using the right lighting can mean a huge difference between a blurry and grey image, and a bright, perfectly shot photo. But there’s no need for you to have fancy studio lights to make this happen. In fact, the natural lighting that goes through the windows of your home is already enough to help you take lovely photos of any subject that you like.

Photography experts also recommend doing your shoot in the morning, since the early daylight is much cooler, and produces a better contrast between the background and the subject.

  1. Invest on Quality Tools and Props

When it comes to props, photography experts believe that there are really no rules on how you should use one. Just make sure that you choose and use your props sparingly to avoid taking away the spotlight from your subject.

To make shooting much easier, invest on a Manfrotto tripod to facilitate a hands-free photo-taking session. In addition, purchase a white poster board or a while medium density fibreboard to create a quick and cheap surface for your shoot.


  1. Keep Your Subject and Props Organized

Organize your materials based on their colour, shape and size. Also, place them in a harmonious way by leaving spaces between each product to create balanced shots. If you’re having trouble keeping your subject in place, use a plasticine clay to adhere your materials to the surface of your choice.

  1. Use the Right Photography Application

Just like photography, editing images is a task that requires a lot of trial and error. So to achieve the flat lay look that you want, try using various editing applications.

Cortex Camera is a good app choice if the environment you’re shooting in has very low light, and if you want to improve the definition and quality of your shots. Apart from Cortex Camera, Snapseed is also a great app to use to manipulate your images. The app does the same work as most editing programs, but in a more natural and fluid way.

Unlike what we believe in, using a flat lay photography style is actually quite easy. So put the aforementioned tips to work to help you shoot flat lay photographs like a pro.


What You Need To Know About The Year Of The Monkey  


Based on the Chinese calendar, 2016 is the year of the fire monkey starting from 8th of February 2016 to 27th of January 2017. Monkey is the 9th of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. So, every twelve years, it is always the year of the monkey. Here in Singapore, many people celebrated and welcomed the New Year. Fireworks and merriment were everywhere.


It is always a good feeling welcoming the New Year regardless of the Chinese zodiac you are in. This year is for fire monkeys. In Chinese astrology, the Chinese zodiac animal sign is associated with one of the five elements every year – metal, wood, fire, water and earth. Your sign and element will affect your destiny and personality.

If you are a “monkey”, it is time that you get to know more about your zodiac sign. You have to remember though that at the end of the day, your personality and destiny will depend on you not the stars or astrology. Here are some things that you need to know about the year of the monkey:

Lucky and unlucky things

It doesn’t mean that monkeys will be lucky all throughout the year. You still need to be cautious of many things. For example, you have to avoid unlucky things like the color red and pink. Apart from that, unlucky numbers include two and seven. For the directions, never head to south or southeast. Finally, the unlucky months include the seventh and the eleventh month. You have to take note of lucky things too. For your lucky colors, wear gold, blue and white. For flowers, consider crape-myrtle and chrysanthemum. For your lucky direction, head to west, north and northwest. Your lucky months include the eighth and twelfth month.


It is said that for monkeys, there will be a great unexpected fortune this year. With this, you do not need to worry about clothes and food. The best time to make fortune will be the 2n and 12th month of the year. This time, you have to make full use of your cash by investing. However, you have to avoid collecting illegal gains or gambling because you will lose everything. There is one thing to note here though, monkeys should not show of their wealth of many people will persecute you.


This year, expect to suffer minor illnesses. If you are careful, you will not come to any harm. If you have a medicine, never forget to take it regularly so symptoms will reduce. The risk here is traffic accidents. You have to be aware of the traffic and your daily routine. Watch out for the 4th and 10th month because that is the time that you will be vulnerable to health risks and traffic accidents. Good thing about monkeys is that they have active lifestyles. You spend more time at work so you will be prone to nervous breakdown. Remember to save energy and take breaks especially if you are busy.   197489_375938822481119_1713036659_n


It is hard to accept that you will have a colourless relationship this year. If you long for a relationship, you have to be prepared because it will be harder to get one. You may meet a romantic relationship but it should happen naturally. Watch out for the 7th and the 12th month. If you have a romantic relationship, seize the opportunity and you will have a happy ending. Compatibility wise, monkeys are best with ox or rabbit but worst with tiger or pig.


It is said that you are intelligent and witty. It does not end there because you have a compelling personality. Monkeys are also mischievous, curious and naughty. You are a master of jokes and you like playing. Just be careful of your pranks though. Even if you do not have bad intentions, you might hurt the feelings of many. It is also said that monkeys are fast learners. Since they are all this, they need partners that will stimulate them.


Monkeys are very hard working. They are highly capable of adapting to any working environment. Monkeys are seen in the fields of banking, accounting, engineering, science, film directing, salesmanship, jewellery and many more.

Again, these are just guides. Let this not hinder you of becoming what you truly are.