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How to Take Photos of Ebay Items

Take Great Photos of your Ebay Products That Will Help it Sell

A lot of new sellers on Ebay make the mistake of not learning some basic photography tips. This can really hurt your bottom line. I know I’ve personally picked up some steals on items that have been poorly photographed that should have had a much higher selling price. All it takes to drive up your selling price is a better photo on your ebay auctions, which isn’t hard to accomplish. Read on for some basic tips for better photography in your auctions that will help increase traffic, bids and profits!

Photography Accessories to Take Better Photos

Taking better photos requires a few things. First, you need a very brightly lit area that looks naturally lit. Bright flashes white out the true colors of your product, and cause the picture to look fuzzy and unappealing. You’ll also need a tripod to get a steady shot without blur, and some basic photography supplies like an umbrella will help, too. These two products will probably cost less than $150, but will pay themselves off infinitely in the quality of the photos.

Choosing the Right Camera

When you choose your digital camera, you’re going to want to pick one with the manual focus so you can adjust. Automatic focus is good, but it often goes haywire and doesn’t focus on the close up aspects and details you need it to when you zoom. Speaking of zoom in, you’re going to need a camera with good optical zoom as well. I use a lens that has 12x optical zoom. It’s ideal for not just my Ebay photography, but for my outdoor photography and for vacations, parties, etc.

Many cameras have a built in “Ebay” setting, but you may not need that. Setting your camera on a typical “landscape” setting will usually yield good results.

Photo Editing for Your Ebay Pics

A photo editing program will help tidy up your photo, lighten or darken the photo, and maybe add some text or borders to make your photo look more professional. You can also adjust the resolution and image size so the file doesn’t take forever to upload to the site. Keep in mind that big borders around your gallery photo are prohibited, so exercise caution with that.

Be sure to check out YouTube for tutorials on how to take pictures of your items, most of which you can accomplish with just your phone. Good luck!

Ebay Photography – Making Your Auctions Look More Professional and Profitable

We’ve all come across items on Ebay that have poor quality photos, and those auctions often have poor results when they finish. It’s a shame that sometimes just a few simple things could make an auction look that much more professional.

Learning some basic photography tips can greatly enhance the quality of your photos, and your end price. From taking a quick glance across Ebay right now, here are a few of the common mistakes that I see sellers making:

1. Using a flash. This bleaches out the item and makes it appear white, flat, and boring. Turning off the flash and using some additional lighting around the items might be all that it takes.

2. Not cropping the photo or zooming in. Cropping the photo and zooming in on the product will give buyers that initial glance at the item that is so crucial. We’re talking about the gallery photo that appears in the auction search results, and that’s what buyers will be drawn to.

3. Camera shake or blur. A steady shot isn’t too hard when you’re taking photos in a brightly lit area, so make sure things are bright enough and that your arm is steady. Otherwise, you can set up a tripod to get the perfect photo.

4. Stock photos. While stock photos are often professional looking, for higher priced items especially, they can drive buyers away. If you have an item that other Ebay sellers are also selling, chances are they might be using that same stock photo. Taking your own photo will not only set you apart, but will tell the buyer that you mean business, and that you have the item on hand. Otherwise, they might think that you’re a drop shipper (which some buyers tend to avoid). Stock photos are also prone to being removed by Ebay, since permission is required from the manufacturer to use their photos.

5. The background is distracting. If you take a picture of your item on your hardwood floor, on the dirty carpet, have a bunch of kids toys lying around, or it’s just a general mess, this is a turn off for buyers. Have a solid color in the background for best results. Even better, choose a color that compliments the item. A fabric sheet will due the trick nicely.

Ebay also has a list of rules that they’d like you to comply with, along with some suggestions for better auction photos.

Here are 5 things you should be doing with your Ebay photos that will lead to more clicks, more interest, and more money for you:

  1. Invest in a simple photo editing program like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, or use the free Gimp editing program. A simple touch up and some cropping will pay off the program in no time.
  2. Organize your files and categorize them by folder. Keep them on hand for a year. You never know when you might need them. If space on your computer is an issue, upload photos to a free hosting site.
  3. Host your own photos, except for the gallery photo, off of Ebay. Hosting your own photo will provide the buyer with a bigger, more detailed photo, and will save you money on Ebay fees. You’ll also have the photos on hand for future reference and use.
  4. Take a look at the competition’s photos before you list and photograph your items. Make yours better, different, and more appealing to buyers.
  5. Include multiple photos of the item from all angles. Top, bottom, inside, outside, the tags, the zippers, the box, the receipt (you can black out sensitive information), the condition, any flaws (this will save headaches and actually result in higher bids in most instances).

Depending on what type of items you sell, you might want to invest in a mannequin or model for your items. Generally, items look better fitted onto a body than laying flat on the floor or on a doorknob. Other items might call for a pedestal, a large table, or other surface to compliment the items.

With the right photos in your auctions, buyers are a lot more likely to buy it now instead of waiting for the auction to end. The better your photography, the more money you’ll make. The downside? Your family and friends might be bugging you to take photos of their kids, dog, or maybe even their auction items.