Watch what you are doing!

If you sell things on eBay how do you make your adverts stand out and sell quickly or for more money?  Well, one way is to make sure your photography is as good as it can be.  I have seen many examples of photography on eBay where a little thought would have made the images much better.

Here’s a watch I bought cheaply on eBay.  It’s a Kered, and the sharp eyed among you will have norticed that my first name backwards is Kered.  How cool is that?  Anyway, I plonked it down on a window sill in bright sunshine and took a picture with my mobile.  The main problem is that the sunshine is causing too many shadows and bright highlights.  The body of the watch is a bit small as well.  Having said that I have seen much, much worse images where it’s actually hard to see what’s for sale!

The image is improved somewhat by putting in a shady part of the window sill.  The contrast is reduced which makes the details on the watch face easier to see.  It’s a bit bigger, but the background is a problem.  The wood grain is somewhat distracting.

The wood grain problem is easily solved by using a bit of black cloth as the background.  The size problem is easily solved by getting as close as you can.  Your potential eBay customers are buying a watch not the window sill!  I’ve used a bit of white paper on the side away from the window to reflect a bit of light into the shadow areas.  A crop and a tweak in Snapseed and “voila!”, a much better image than the first one.

There’s no fancy kit used here, just my mobile phone.  As with most photography the most important bit of kit is between your ears. I used the light from the sun, (which is free!), and I turned my flash off, as the light from that is too harsh.

PS  The Kered watch in this case is a Seiko in disguise.  It’s very elegant as the winding/setting crown is hidden.

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