How to Take a High Selling eBay Picture Every Time

Taking a good picture is an important part of selling and making money on eBay. If you want your products get the highest prices, a high quality picture is going to show potential buyers exactly what they want.

A good product picture will also:

  • Show the product from different angles
  • Highlight any damage, wear or defects on used items
  • Reassure potential buyers that you are genuine and want to sell them something great.

Unfortunately, many would-be eBay sellers get this part wrong. Pictures are either non-existent, poor quality or even worse – stock images of the original product, not what they are selling.

How to Take a High Converting eBay Picture – Even if You Suck at Photography

Confession time – I’m not great with a camera. Although I did have a dabble with a second hand camera when I was in my early 20s, I didn’t have the patience to take great pictures.

Fast forward a few years and we are now in the digital age – and taking a high quality photograph is easier than ever.

You don’t even need an expensive camera – my smartphone takes pictures that are more than adequate for selling products on eBay.

Here are some key pointers for taking the perfect product photograph:

1. Use Natural Light

There is one thing that is guaranteed to ruin the image of the item you are trying to sell – poor lighting. But the good news is that the best lighting for your photographs is absolutely, 100% free.

I take all of my selling pictures next to a large sunny window or even outside (important for larger items like garden furniture or power tools).

This way you avoid any dingy looking pictures of your house or flat as well as minimising the glare from your camera flash.

2. Get a Little Closer

How many times have you seen pictures of items that are just too far away! You need to be close up so you can see the product, not downloading the pics and zooming in to peer at all the scratches.

Yes, that’s right – I want you to purposefully take pictures of any damage or defects. This builds trust with your potential buyers. Highlight the damage in the product description and refer to the photographs that show it.

3. Hit all the Angles

Take as many photos as necessary to show off what you’re selling. You can upload between 7 and 12 photos for free (depending on what you’re selling) so don’t be shy.

Make sure you take photos of make and model names/numbers if selling items like electronics. Think about how you would look at something in a shop – you’d look at it from all directions.

Potential buyers on eBay want to do exactly the same thing.

Summary – Taking a Good eBay Picture is Easy

The photograph for this post is one I took myself with a cheap camera phone using just natural light. It looks good (and it sold VERY well).

Taking a good picture is simple.

I mean it – all you need is a steady hand, a good camera phone and some natural light and you can take a great picture that will sell your items and maximise your profits.

Keep on selling!


Jim Miller

Jim has been buying and selling on eBay for over 15 years! He's sold (and bought) some weird stuff and still uses it to buy all kinds of deals. When he's not cruising online bargains, Jim likes to write and help others spot a bargain and make money.

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  1. September 9, 2016

    […] Good photographs really help to tell the story of your item – warts an all. For more info, read this. […]

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