11 tips for taking photos that sell
Tip #1: Use a plain, uncluttered backdrop
Draw attention to your item by setting it up against a plain white or neutral backdrop. White poster board clipped to a stand and bent to form a backdrop works well.
Tip #2: Turn off the flash. Use diffused lighting.
Avoid using a flash, which can cause shadows, reflections, hot spots, and grayness. Diffused lighting helps eliminate shadows and reflections.
Tip #3: Use a tripod
Unsteady hands can lead to fuzzy photos. A tripod keeps the camera steady for clear, sharp photos. If you don’t have a tripod, place the camera on a flat surface and use the shutter timer to eliminate excess motion.
Tip #4: Capture high-resolution photos
Use the Medium or High file size setting on your camera so buyers can enlarge and zoom in on your photo.
Tip #5: Fill the frame with the item
Center the item so that it takes up 80%–90% of the frame, allowiing buyers to see every detail.
Tip #6: Capture all angles, details, and blemishes
Capture images of the top, bottom, and sides of your item with detailed close-ups. Also, include photos that clearly show any flaws, and always share pertinent details in the Item Description area of your listing.
Tip #7: Show the scale
If the size of your item isn’t clear, avoid buyer confusion by placing a coin or ruler next to the item to indicate its size.
Tip #8: Keep your photos from tinting
Typically, digital cameras have a setting called Auto White Balance (AWB) that compensates for tinting and creates a neutral or “daylight” photo. If your photos consistently turn out blue or yellow, try adjusting the white balance setting.
Tip #9: Capture detailed close-up shots
Use the “macro” mode or setting on your camera for close-ups. A tripod and shutter release are also useful as the slightest motion during the exposure will cause motion blur.
Tip #10: Avoid using props
Avoid using props if they obscure the product or prevent the item from filling the majority of the frame. Props may confuse buyers about exactly what’s included in your listing.
Tip #11: Enabling the Zoom/Enlarge feature
Your listing photos will be automatically enabled with a free zoom/enlarge feature on the View Item page if they are high enough resolution. We recommend photos be between 800 - 1600 pixels on the longest side (height or width). Images less than 800 pixels on the longest side will not have this feature enabled.
Special tips for successfully selling fashion
Help your buyers get the picture-perfect outfit they’re looking for. So buyers can really get a feel for the fit, keep these extra tips in mind when you’re selling fashion:
Tip #1: Show the fit, and show it all
Using a model, dress form, or mannequin is a better way to show clothing fit than on hangers or laying on a flat surface. Photograph all angles and include close-ups of patterns, trims, hardware, or textured materials.
Tip #2: Share any wear and tear
Show any wear, tear, or blemishes to set buyer expectations about the item's condition.
Tip #3: Shoot shoes from different angles
Buyers want to see the front, top, sides, and bottom of shoes.
Tip #4: Display handbags inside and out
Photograph the interior and exterior, the front and bottom of the bag, inside lining, and tags. Also, use the new Handbag Measurement Guide and provide the size in your item description.
Tip #5: Include the tags and labels
Photograph labels and tags on clothing. If the item is still in the box, take shots of that as well.
Tap into these mobile photo tips
Keep the lens clean
Use lens cleaning solution or a soft cloth or even a T-shirt in a pinch.
Check your settings
Make sure your camera is set to the highest resolution.
Turn off flash
Shadows, reflections, and greyness will make your photos less attractive.
Minimize camera movement
Place the camera on a flat surface and use the shutter timer to eliminate excess motion.
Consider third-party camera apps
May allow you to capture more detailed photos and edit them.Download the mobile app