eBay Photography 102 – Advanced Tips

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If you are professional photographer, stop reading now! LOL!  This article is meant for the eBay seller who has moved beyond taking photos on a table outside and is ready to set up a little indoor studio, but not for the person ready to invest a couple of thousands of dollars in equipment.

If you have been selling on eBay for awhile and are ready to make some investments in accessories for your photography, this article is for you. While there are a lot of books, eBooks, blogs and articles out there, I can honestly only recommend Cindy Shebley.

Cindy really seems to ‘get’ that most sellers are not interested in becoming a professional Photog but simply want to make good looking product shots. While Cindy can talk with the pros and is one herself, I find it refreshing that she can talk to me too and make the difficult esoteric parts of photography understandable to a non-pro like me. Cindy has written a truly great short eBook, “Easy Auction Photography” that I can heartily recommend. She has also written a great eBay guide.

Now for the nitty gritty – what should you buy first? Well, most experts will differ but this is my list in order of importance:

  1. Make sure your camera has a glass lens – if not, buy another.
  2. Tripod – you may not think you are moving but you are!
  3. Light Cube – get the largest you can afford and you’ll be glad you did.
  4. Lights – again, the largest, most professional ones you can afford and should be purchased before you start using the cube.

To expand a little on those items, I recently learned about the glass vs. plastic lens issue from a local photographer who was giving a talk about how to choose a good camera. He taught us that the megapixel size of the camera is truly a non-issue. He manages a store and has photos in the back of his store that are 3 feet by 5 feet and perfectly clear to illustrate this point. Those pictures were taken with a THREE megapixel camera. However, he also taught us that no matter what you do regarding lighting, background and focus, you can’t overcome the handicap of using a camera with a plastic lens. Plastic lenses are not good for two main reasons: lack of clarity and ease of scratches rendering them unusable.

Tripods are very cheap and can be purchased for under $10 on eBay.  Light Cubes come in all sizes and prices. Again, you can find a reasonable set up on eBay. This search shows them as low as $13.50. Lights are another matter. You can purchase these also on eBay just make sure to read up before you search as there are a number of types and what you are paying attention to should be the bulbs that are used.


Now, what does eBay say for their tips for advanced photography in the eBay Photo Center?


Tip #1: Use your camera’s AWB (Auto White Balance) setting.

Tip #2: Capture crisp close-up shots.

Tip #3: Use image editing software.

Tip #4: Use of props.


If you’ve enjoyed reading my articles on basic and advanced eBay photography, perhaps you’ve found a new hobby.  To go further, all you need is

Google and some time. There are literally thousands of blogs, eBooks, discussion boards and email groups on photography. Enjoy!

For more great tips, I recently did a podcast with Ron Davison and he provided some excellent ideas for small business photography on a budget, including tips on how tomake your own Photo Dome and Infinity Background. You can learn more about Ron on his blog and listen to his interview on eCom Connections. Here is a link to thepages Ron made for my listeners to create their own background and more.



This guest post is by Kat Simpson. Kat is a respected as a trusted eCommerce speaker, educator, and entrepreneur, Kat Simpson has been a successful eCommerce merchant for over 10 years; is a Certified eBay Education Specialist and Gold Level PowerSeller, who also maintains stores on Addoway, Bonanza, Buy.com, and iOffer. Currently Kat is the co-host of popular weekly eCommerce Podcast eCom Connections with Karen Locker of Luna Jardin and Mommysbazaar.







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