You have read about how easily some eBay sellers get pictures into their listings. They even use their phones or tablets to take pictures and create listings. Doesn’t that sound simple?
Yep… I thought so as well. Fail on my part.
I have tried it all… I’ve asked a jillion questions and still, it was an up hill battle to get the “Best Pictures” for my Amazon and Ebay listings.
I finally had Danni Ackerman (Of The Danni App) show me how she takes pictures ( The video is below).
I have a great camera (just ask Danni – she want’s one like mine) – similar to this one:
I know I “should” have the best pictures with this camera… right? I played with the settings and the pictures were pretty good… not Great.
I have watched and read everything I could find about taking the best product pictures and still – No Joy.
The two suggestions that were eluding me:
- Don’t use the flash.
- Use great (really bright) lighting. (Without additional lighting from overhead or windows).
Problem number one – If I didn’t use the flash, I ended up with blurry pictures and/or pictures with colors not matching the product.
Problem number two – I had (I thought) great lighting. They were not professional lights… but they are very bright and I was bouncing the light (not shining directly on the products).
The Danni Fixx
Danni took a picture using her camera and professional lighting (no flash):
Now… this next picture is using My Camera (No Flash) and Danni’s Professional Lighting set up:
This is what we found when comparing all three photos…. My camera and her lighting created the best picture AND we didn’t edit contrast/brightness.
Picture number one looks good – but actually the colors are washed out and it will take editing to the image to reflect the true colors. Plus, the lights cast some hot spots that I don’t like.
Picture number two looks okay – it’s a bit yellow and it took some editing to get the colors to look vivid without washing out.
Picture number three is GREAT! The colors match the product AND the white background is WHITE (which means the white balance settings on my camera are correct).
What Photography Lighting To Use
Danni has 2 softbox lights that each hold 5 bulbs. These are not “really” what the pro’s use, but they are the cheapo version that works perfectly for our product photography.
Danni Teaching Photography For Ebay
The audio is fairly scratchy on this… but the information is just what I needed.
We all know that pictures are one of the most important components (if the not THE most important) of selling products online.
You need GREAT pictures for any selling channel (Amazon, eBay or Etsy)… and don’t forget, pictures are the best addition to all your social media efforts. Just think about using Pinterest without an image?
Customers can’t feel, see or touch our products. We must give them the ability to feel confident in purchasing exactly what they want and that they will receive exactly what they see.
Better pictures – should result in more sales and sales with higher prices!
That’s my story… and I’m sticking to it…
Debra Conrad is known as the “Thrifting For Profit Gal”. She sells products on Amazon FBA and is now an eBay seller as well. Debra has a weekly podcast every Friday at 2 pm and her Facebook Group (over 3,000 members) has helped hundreds learn to sell profitable products on Amazon FBA.