Ever tried mastering the desktop photo and just couldn't quite figure out what you were missing? Below I am talking about the human element and how to create photos embracing life! But first can we talk about Sugarfina's Bento Box. If you haven't ever purchased one, yikes pre-pare yourself, I about fell over when they told me my total for three little boxes of candy. Trust me it's not pretty but the packaging sure is and makes the perfect prop for that killer desktop shot!
Bento Box Photo One
Begin by placing all your props on a desktop or my case a marble white board, this takes a minute and kinda like Tetris. I tend to play with a few different layouts before landing on the one I feel is best, try deciding on the frame you are after by looking through the lens and not just overhead. It will also turn out different in a photo then live. I chose the Bento Box as my focal point, so by staging the props around it I was able to avoid the eye from being distracted yet the image not looking empty. For the most part this photo is appealing and fun, everything seems relatable and what you would normally find on a desktop. However scroll down to photo two and see what happens when we add a little life to the photo!
Bento Box Photo Two
Open up one of those boxes, I chose the Beach Buddies for a little color variety. By the way, how cute is that name? Love their creativity! I simply placed a few outside around the box and left the rest of the frame alone. This concept provides a little life for a simple shot. Ready for the next step, scroll to photo three for the "real deal" human element.
Bento Box Photo Three
The photo is completely changed by simply adding my hands to the photo. This concept can be more difficult for those who are not using a tripod or have a friend who can snap the over head flat lay shot. But get creative, find a solution because it can completely change your photo. I chose to hold the box but a hand on the touch pad of your laptop or holding the pen works also! Once again shoot it a couple different ways till you find the look you are after!
Other Human Elements
COFFEE CUP // make sure it is full of something, I tend to use tea or even water with food coloring if I do not have left over coffee. No one will be able to tell in the photo! This can be shot as an additional prop in within the frame or with your hand wrapped around it.
FLOWERS // a stunning floral arrangement or simply a bundle of fresh blooms is the perfect finishing touch to any photo! Honestly any live plant will do the trick, loving cactuses in photos right now! Add them to a vase or love them sticking out of a stunning bag!
CANDLE // make sure it is lit, the flicker of the flame carries over into the photo so well! I tend to lean towards a black or white candle, usually choosing based on the color scheme in my flat lay!
PUPPY PAWS // When in doubt add your dog, Rosey always make the photo 110% better. Might have to bribe them with several dog treats, but totally worth it when you get that perfect shot!