There is no doubt about it, images sell your products on eBay. Buyers buy with their eyes, often not even reading the full description or even the title. It’s critical that your images are nop notch, and of course comply with eBay, Amazon or Google guidelines. So here is a few simple tips to help capture that perfect product image for selling online.

  1. Always use a plain backdrop

Amazon, eBay and Google insist on this, and some go as far as expecting a pure white background. It helps make your products stand out, and keeps your buyers focusing on the item as opposed to any distractions in the background.

  1. Forget the flash and stick with 1 light source

This ensures you get no nasty unwanted shadows. Some people will use a light tent, but you just can’t beat natural light. That is of course if you have a natural light source. Switch off the flash, and turn off the lamps if you can. If you need to, use something to reflect the single light source for an even result.

  1. Use a tripod

Avoid the wobble! You need to be 100% static, no movement at all. This helps make sure your images are as sharp as possible. Even a home-made tripod, but whatever you use, make sure its static and doesn’t move!

  1. Capture the entire image

Do not leave any bits out. If it’s part of the product, makes sure your buyers can see it. Avoid any nasty surprises. Try and fill the screen. And remember that eBay, Amazon and Google most likely allocate a square shape to your gallery image, so try and make your image fill as much of that square as possible

  1. Capture every angle

Most platforms allow you to upload more than 1 image, so try and use them all if you can. Take pictures from the top, bottom, side etc. Get as much detail as you can. Keep in mind that your buyer will have questions about the goods, so try and answer as many questions with your image as you can.

  1. Show the scale

It is true, size really does matter! Don’t disappoint your buyers by sending them something they didn’t expect. Make sure your images show the true size, and do not mislead the buyer. If possible try to highlight the scale if you can.

  1. Include detailed close up shots

Especially important for intricate items, fine detailed products etc. If this is your selling point then make sure to show it off. This may be colours, design features etc. Again, show every detail and get up close.