How to take product pictures that sell


When it comes to selling used products, the quality of images you take and post can be as important as the quality of the product itself. Buyers want to know exactly what they are investing in, and with that in mind, clarity matters. We’ve put together a list of quick tips to help you ensure you’re getting the top dollar for your used goods by snapping the best photos.

Lighting – Natural sunlight is typically the best option here, but if it’s dark outside try to find a bright light in your house to illuminate all your product’s features. Also pay attention to the angle of the light and shadows cast on the product – you might want to use multiple lights from different angles to make sure every feature is exposed.

Background – Look for a solid, clean background, such as a piece of white posterboard. This will eliminate distractions from the image so potential buyers focus all of their attention on your product alone.

Stability – Make sure you keep a steady hand when snapping the image. Blurriness detracts a lot from the amount of trust a potential buyer has in you as a seller. For definite stability some sellers may be interested in purchasing a smartphone tripod/stand.

Extra Details – Remove as many imperfections as possible before snapping the image. Make sure the item is clean and all tags are removed. Also consider the angle from which you are snapping your picture. What features of the product do you hope to accentuate?

Check App Settings – Many photo-taking apps allow you to change the settings. You might enjoy using the Grid feature to help align your photo, and we would highly recommend changing the Quality to High if that option is available. Take a look and see which settings might help you before capturing the perfect image.

Edit – Once you’ve snapped the photo, crop the unnecessary space out of your image and straighten it to your liking. From there, depending on what app you are using, you can do all sorts of advanced editing. If you save the image multiple times as duplicates, you can keep the original/one you like most, and play around with the effects (sharpness, contrast, shadows, etc.) until it’s just how you like it. You can always revert to the original if needed.

A Few Advanced Camera Apps We Like:

Camera+ (iPhone, $2)

Camera Zoom FX (Android, $3)

Adobe Photoshop Express (free)

Photoshop Touch ($9)

If you keep these photography tips in mind, you’ll be just like a pro in no time – whether you’re trying to sell an old phone or trying to impress your friends with an Instagram post.

Jenny at Gone

Jenny is Communications Director at Gone! follow her on twitter at @jennifertch

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