26 Weeks Camera Challenge #19: Flat Lay / by Simeon Smith

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A really powerful tool to self-improvement is to the things that are totally out of your comfort zone, and it's the same for photography. 

There are a lot of photographic techniques and styles I have no interest in at all and because I've never experimented with them, I'm bloody useless at them. 

For me, something I had to do around a year ago was sort out some "flat-lays" for an article I was featured in. They're pretty popular on the instagrams, and a lot of people are great at doing these strange constructed still-life style photos, usually shot from above, usually on a flat background. 

For you perhaps this is second nature, though. 

So this week, do some flat lays, unless of course you're already really proficient at them, at which point I'd encourage you to do something else totally out of your comfort zone. 

Questions:

1. How has product photography influenced the art world and vice versa? 

2. What did you learn that you can apply to an area of art that you are comfortable with?

3. Why are certain types of photo, like flat lays, more popular online than other types?