Take great photos

10 tips for taking great photos

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, allowing buyers to see every detail.

Tip #6. Capture all angles, details, and problems

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.