Thursday, May 20, 2010

Simple Photography Tips: Response to Carol


I was wondering if you could give me advice on pictures. I know my pics aren’t great but I don’t have a fancy camera or lightbox or anything like that. Is there a way to take good pics without those things?
Thanks you.


Pictures can be a very important part of an item’s listing. As the buyer cannot hold the item in their hands when shopping online, the photos have to provide the visual stimulation needed for buyers to complete a sale. Here are a few tips for product photography without special equipment that can help your photos:

-If you don’t have a tripod, try resting the camera on a solid surface. This will prevent the camera from moving while you shot and help you avoid tilted or blurry pictures.

-If you don’t have a light box, try a windowsill. Natural light can make a huge difference with photos. Try turning off your indoor lights and placing what you want to photograph on a windowsill or in light from outside. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make!

-Take A LOT of pictures. Even if it’s of the same shot, having lots of pictures to choose form when listing can help with better pictures. Also be sure to take advantage of how many photos are allowed on the venue you are using. If they allow up to four photos, use all four. If they allow ten, use all ten! Having lots of photos will help buyers get a better idea of the product you are selling and reduce their uncertainty about buying from you.

If you need more information on photography, check out our Photography Guide for Products. You can also try asking artisans whose photos you admire if they can offer any advance.

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