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Make Your Resale Photos Picture Perfect

How To Take Great Resale Photos

Fellow techie Cat Schwartz has already given us the inside scoop on how to properly clean your gadgets inside and out before putting them up on Ebay or Craigslist, but in order to get some serious inquiries, you gotta post a photo of your item as well. If you're like me, a photo can make or break a decision on buying something, cause if the photo is bad, what does that say about the seller (and their standards)?

The first thing you'll want to do is make sure the item is clean — duh! No one wants to see a dirty item. Second, properly light the room you're taking the photos in to ensure people can see what you're selling. If you're shooting outside, don't shoot in direct sunlight — it's too harsh. Multiple light sources that are indirect are best. To see the rest of my tips, just


  • Use a contrasting backdrop for your photos. But as a rule, a white sheet makes almost anything look great on camera. Oh, and make sure you don't have a lot of clutter behind your item. No one wants to see your rag-mags taking the spotlight away from your gadget.
  • Love to DIY? Create your own lightbox to make small item photos look super professional.
  • Take your pics up close, and at different angles. Make sure you take plenty of snaps so you can post more than one, and choose the best of the lot.
  • Don't use a PR photo for your item. There's nothing worse than someone using a photo they didn't take. It's just, well, super shady.
  • If there's damage on the item, take a picture of it! It's nice when people are honest.


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Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I know everyone recommends white but I often find it too dazzling, I like to use off-white instead.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
You can also tape some white wrapping paper on the wall, let it drape over a chair or table to make the backdrop.
Misalady Misalady 8 years
If you don't have a white sheet, one of those white "posterboards" fills in quite nicely.
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