13 Tips to Create a Great Ebay Picture

Now for another Ebay post. We have already learned how to find hot items to sell, what the fees are for selling on Ebay, and how to ship your ebay packages. Now, here are some tips to creating a great ebay picture!

A picture tells a thousand words. You should always have a picture on your ebay listing and you should make it the best picture you can take. A digital camera works best for this because you can retake it until you get a good one. If your item is flat (a book) then you can scan it directly onto the computer. If you do not have a digital camera then you can take a film picture and scan that onto your computer.

Here are some tips for getting a great picture:

  • Clean up your item! Nothing is more frustrating than reading “the dark spot on the shirt has since been taken off” or “will be cleaned before it is shipped”.
  • On that note, if your camera leaves a dark spot then click a new picture!
  • Take the picture in natural light. If at all possible, do not use flash. The colors will look more true. If going outside is not an option then take it near a window.
  • Use a solid background. I’ve seen some great pictures with grass, brick, or stone as a backdrop, and they work because the background is still uniform, but if you are unsure then play it safe by using solid color. Definitely do not go with a background that has other items laying around! I used to use the back of a black bookcase that was leftover from my college years. It cost $10 and it worked great!
  • Use contrasting colors. If your item is dark then use a light background and if your item is light then use a dark background
  • Nothing else should be in the picture unless you are selling the items as a lot! Even “lot” items should be pictured separately as well as together so the item detail can be seen. Things that are not for sale should definitely not be in the picture!
  • Make the item fill up the frame.
  • Stand back and zoom into the item. By doing this you will get the details. If you just move your camera as close as possible then you are more likely to get a “wash out” look.
  • Use a picture editor sparingly. Do not change colors or “fix” up the picture.
  • Some items will require multiple pictures at different angles. If you would want to see the item at different angles then your customer probably will too.
  • Consider getting a mannequin if you are going to sell a lot of clothes. They look better on a manniquin! You can see the curves/shape rather than a flat blob on the floor.
  • Don’t take a picture of somebody else wearing an item. It makes it very obvious that the item is used and usually results in fewer bids. (Did they wash it after they took the picture?)
  • Take a picture at an angle – this will show detail better and make the item appear less flat

*** The first picture is Tazzina & Sale by val-j, the second picture is Hero of Time by alisdair.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shauna February 17, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂


2 Cathy February 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm

This is a great tip. I saved it to my computer. I need to work on this on my products. Thanks for sharing!!!


3 ~ Charlene S Noto February 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Great suggestions! Not just for Ebay but these work with Etsy artists too. Thanks.


4 LittlePeopleWealth February 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Great point! They are good tips for etsy (and hyenacart) owners 🙂


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