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Photo tips
Use these tips to enhance your listings, entice buyers, and generate sales.
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Take pictures that sell!
Our photo guide will show you how.
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10 tips for taking photos that sell
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  • 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.
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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.
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Photograph your clothes on a dress form to show fit.
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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.
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Tap into these mobile photo tips
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Keep the lens clean.
Use lens cleaning solution or a soft cloth or even a T-shirt in a pinch.
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Check your settings.
Make sure your camera is set to the highest resolution.
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Turn off flash.
Shadows, reflections, and greyness will make your photos less attractive.
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Minimize camera movement.
Place the camera on a flat surface and use the shutter timer to eliminate excess motion.
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Consider third-party camera apps.
May allow you to capture more detailed photos and edit them.
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