I still don't consider myself an expert and if you think that's false modesty, well you can just compare my photos to those of (my inspirations) New Leaf Writer, Folded Pages Distillery (awesome handle, right?!), and Betty Books, and you'll know. I am no expert (but yes, naturally, I hope to be really good at it one day).
I have good and bad days flatlaying, and usually during my off days it's like nothing comes together no matter what I do. In my good days, though, I can easily envision the layout in my mind and when I start doing it, everything comes together.
Anyway, I actually wrote a post like this in my personal blog but I thought I should also share it here, in case you're interested in using this as your de-stressing technique. I often say I'm de-stressing, and basically that's the time when my mind's too concerned about things it's not supposed to be concerned about (i.e. what my readers would think about my WIP). It's not that I don't care about my readers - of course I do, duh - but there's a RIGHT way to care.
If you worry about readers saying you're a shitty writer and how embarrassed you'd feel, then that's just pride talking. I hope you get what I mean.
Well, anyway, those are the moments when I need to de-stress and look to bookstagramming for relief. I sucked at it big time at the start, but not so much now and I'm going to share with you a couple of tips and tricks I've discovered in my (ongoing) flatlay journey.
1. Draw inspiration from other bookstagrammers.
2. Lighting is everything.
3. Choose backgrounds that you feel inspired to work with.
Another thing I've noticed is that maps are also a frequent background choice for bookstagrams, and when I gave this a try, I was very much surprised that it worked extremely well for me. So yay for that!
P.S. The map I use for my bookstagram posts (seen in the photos below) is something I got for free from the Kyoto train station (hehehe).
4. Choose a theme.
Ruler, compass, pen, and that silver thing on the lower right - I have no idea what it is, actually. It's my boyfriend's but when I saw it I knew right away it had to be in my photo, hahaha! Everything feels, err, brainy, right?
Oh, and when you have more than one book in your photo, you may need to use a bookend / book stopper (if you see flashes of pink peeking out in my photos, that's it).
- Normally, I use my more colorful pens (metallic) but those felt too girly for this photo so I opted for something more 'serious'.
- Added more stuff from my boyfriend, and I still have no idea what they are.
- The sticker sheet and Little Prince notebook are examples of props that have the same "feel" but have nothing to do with the theme, haha! Or they just feel right to me at least. :P
Sometimes, I take a "peek" at the layout to check spatial arrangement between props. Basically, I hold my phone over the entire set and look through it, then move objects here and there until they're spaced properly.
Warning: You should do all of these preparations prior to having your coffee made. Because if you do it the other way around, your coffee will taste blah by the time you're done. >.< Trust me. I speak from experience. :D That or AT makes coffee more quickly than I can bookstagram. DAMMIT.
Well, here's what happens when I bookstagram.
To filter or not to filter
Here's the before / after of my first non-filter photo.
Here's another one, which is one of my faves because it's my first attempt, using a white background (although obviously it's not completely white, I still used a patterned background for a portion of the photo).
With a wood background...
Clean vs. Messy
And that's it! Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it (which was as relaxing as bookstagramming itself actually haha). If you have questions, just let me know! ;) I love talking about this, OBVIOUSLY! :D