How to Take Winning Ebay Auction Photos
Though there have been millions of items listed on Ebay, there is one characteristic shared by most winners: they have a good photograph. Ebay is a virtual marketplace, but buyers still like to see what theyíre paying for. Auction listings that include quality photos reassure the buyer that they are making a good purchase. That means more money is your pocket, just because you snapped a picture! But all Ebay photos are not created equal. Here are a few tips for making the most of your item photos. First, make sure your item is in top shape before photographing it.
If your item is dusty or stained, buyers wonít want to make the purchase. Before you take the picture, wipe down any merchandise with a hard surface. Wash clothing or other soft items. You want the merchandise to look its best. If a product is worn or has a few scrapes on the surface, carefully document these through your item description and photographs.
It might seem counter-intuitive to point out flaws in the item, but it pays off in the long run. You donít want to get a reputation for dishonesty. Plus, minimal damage rarely puts off Ebay buyers. Theyíre looking for a good deal. As long as the product is in working condition, a little wear and tear is often deemed acceptable. When setting up your photography session, aim for natural light and good contrast. Take pictures near a window when the sun is shining. Avoid using a flash if you can; flash photos often turn out too bright and detract from the itemís detail. For best results, light products should be photographed on dark backgrounds, and vice versa. Take pictures from two or three different angles if possible.
Do ensure that the item is displayed by itself, unless itís a part of an entire lot for sale. And when you take the picture, get as close as you can without distorting the image. You want the item to fill the camera screen. Take care when selecting a surface and background on which to display your item. Too-reflective surfaces can reveal the photographerís image, and messy or busy backgrounds can distract from the item. For a professional look, use a very simple surface and background that show off the item well. Many Ebay sellers use Photoshop or similar programs to clean up their photos before listing. This is fine, as long as the resulting picture is still representative of the item. Try to keep colors and hues as close to the original as possible. Photoshop can be used to lighten up too-dark pictures or to sharpen images.
Save the photos as 400 by 300 pixel JPEGs of the highest quality. That way Ebay wonít reduce their resolution too much when it resizes the uploaded images. Ebay sellers should consider using Ebayís built-in image hosting service. Itís cheap and reliable, and itís subject to Ebayís technical support. They let you list your first image for free. Every successive image costs just a few cents. This convenient service is worth investigating. Itís long been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. On Ebay, a picture can be more valuable yet: it can bring you buyers. PPPPP 536 .
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