What you will need for AWESOME product photography:
- Camera: You don’t need a state of the art, expensive camera – but we do recommend a digital device you feel comfortable with.
- Tripod: No matter how steady your hands are, you will shake a bit. A tripod can help avoid those blurry images that deter viewers from bidding.
- Clean, Complimentary Background: A seamless white background is preferred, but it won’t always work for the product you have. If white won’t work, pick a solid, clean, and plain background that will complement your product – gray and black work well for lighter products.
- Lighting: You should always use lighting and not your camera’s flash, which can cause ‘hot spots.’ If you don’t have photographer’s lights, you can always use a plain old desk lamp. We recommend a 15 watt daylight bulb, aimed at a 45 degree angle – close up, but not in the shot.
Things To Do
- Use a plain background that will complement your product (preferably white, when able).
- Maximize the product in the shot – close-ups are great!
- Make sure the best image is the first one.
- If you are listing a working electronic, take an image showing the unit powered on
- Clean or dust your product – put its best foot forward.
- Use a tripod or other stationary device to avoid blurry images.
- If photos are being taken outside, make sure the sun is BEHIND the camera – overcast days produce the best photos outside!
Things To Avoid
- Using busy backgrounds that compete with your product.
- Reflections of you, or your background.
- Bad lighting that makes the product hard to see.
- Using accessories in the shot – let your product shine.
- Using text in background or as an overlay.
- Don’t overexpose your image - it will look washed out and not represent your product in its best light.