May 12, 2014 by Andrew Minalto - 26 Comments

Don’t Mess Up Product Pictures on eBay!

ebay-product-picturesOne from every two eBay listings I look at has some sort of issue with product pictures… in fact it’s probably even more common than that!

It’s unbelievable that so many sellers simply don’t understand the basics of image editing, re-sizing and saving correctly for web and eBay use. The most common problems I see are:

  • Wrong image file type
  • Wrong image size
  • Wrong image file size
  • Wrong image resolution
  • Wrong proportions

You have to get all 5 of these RIGHT to have perfect product images on eBay! By messing up only one of these things, you’ll do a lot of harm to your listings which will also affect your conversion rates and sales.

In today’s blog post I want to cover this problem once and for all and give you a clear plan to follow so you can FIX your existing product images and do everything correctly for all future listings. While this may sound like a complicated and overly technical subject, when you know the basics behind it, it’s actually very simple and straightforward. So let’s get started! (more…)

October 29, 2013 by Andrew Minalto - 0 Comments

Product Photography, Part 5: Outsourcing

 

We’ve finally reached the 5th and final tutorial in our Product Photography blog post series – Outsourcing.

In the previous four articles I covered these topics:

1) Cameras

2) Background & Lighting

3) Taking Pictures

4) Picture Editing

So the above four tutorials are suitable for anyone who wants to learn to take pro quality photos themselves, but…

What if you don’t want to learn product photography?

What if you don’t have money to invest in equipment?

What if you’re selling highly complicated products and just can’t get decent pictures on your own?

What if you have just 2 or 3 products and don’t want all the hassle?

There’s a solution! We all know that nowadays everything can be outsourced and product photography is not an exception – you can pay a professional to take high quality product pictures for you and not have to worry about doing it on your own.

There are several advantages to outsourcing product pictures: (more…)

October 23, 2013 by Andrew Minalto - 7 Comments

Product Photography, Part 4: Picture Editing

Welcome Back!

Over the last 3 weeks I’ve covered these product photography lessons:

1. Cameras

2. Lighting & Background

3. Taking Pictures

And today we’ve reached the final stage of product photography – picture editing.

No matter how well your background and lighting is set-up or how expensive a DSLR camera you’re using, some sort of post-production work will still be needed, even if it’s just cropping and resizing. So without further ado, let’s get started!

Picture Editing Software

There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of different photo editing software programs available nowadays – from free desktop applications all the way to full-blown professional editing systems that cost several thousand pounds.

I’ll make your life easy though and share with you just two pieces of desktop software which I believe are the most user friendly and affordable, whilst still offering all the features you need to create outstanding product pictures.

1) Photoshop Elements.

Elements is the little brother of the premium photo editing software with the almost same name, Photoshop CS. But while Photoshop CS is an expensive, feature loaded software meant to be used by professionals, Photoshop Elements is a smaller, cheaper and easier to work with version which still has plenty of useful features.

You can download a 30 day free trial of Photoshop Elements directly from Adobe by clicking here. The trial has all the features of the original/paid software.

Once you have played around with it and are happy to go ahead with the purchase, I recommend just searching for it on eBay or Amazon as you’ll often find better prices on these two platforms than by buying from Adobe directly.

Be aware of fake/bootleg copies though! A genuine Photoshop Elements package will cost roughly £50-£60, depending on where you purchase it from. On eBay and Amazon, only buy it from reputable sellers with a high feedback rate; otherwise you could get a Chinese made copy. (more…)