Is this an "Average" eBay photograph?


Originally uploaded by All Business Auctions

What kind of photography equipment do you use to create images your eBay items for sale?

A Point & Shoot Camera? A Digital SLR? Film?

Do you have a dedicated photo area set up to make the images of the items you earn your living from selling online? Do you skimp on photography because it is to hard to learn how to make a good photograph?

What is the difference between an average photo from an inexpensive digital camera and a photo like this?

Maybe a lot, if you are the buyer, maybe even more if your the seller… IF want to make more money on your listings!

This photo was taken in a dedicated eBay product photo studio in our offices.

Our equipment includes the following:

  • Nikon D200 Digital SLR Camera
  • Nikon 60mm Micro/Macro f 2.8 lens
  • Nikon 18-200mm VR Zoom Lens
  • Nikon 105mm f 2.8 Macro Lens
  • Alien Bees Strobe Mono Head Flash(es) B400/B800/B1600
  • Custom Light Table
  • Nikon Capture Software
  • Numerous Light Modifiers and Diffusers
  • Nikon D70 SLR
  • Nikon SB800 Flash
  • Nikon SB600 Flash
  • Numerous Filters and other Nikon Accessories
  • Photoshop CSIII
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Intel Mac Pro w/30″ HD LCD Monitor

Do we need all of this equipment (and more) to make a simple eBay photo? – The answer may be no… Do we take better and more accurate photographs because of this equipment and software? I think we can say yes.

Do you need all of this equipment all at once? No, in fact if you do not intend on taking a great deal of product photos for your business you do not need all of these items at all. You could accomplish your photo goals with much less…

We are available to answer any questions you may have, just drop a comment below…

Canon vs Nikon?

Vibration Reduction?


Don’t hesitate, we are happy to help with any questions! If we know, we will answer, if we don’t we could find out!

Happy Shooting!

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2 Responses to Is this an "Average" eBay photograph?

  1. Jim Juris May 15, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    I hate to say this, but it took me at least a minute to figure out what the object is in your photograph. I am guessing that it is a ring, but it didn’t look like one to me at first.

    I don’t think that someone should have to spend more than a second or two in order to recognize the subject of the photograph.

    I could NOT make out the back part of the band. The angle that this photo was taken from almost hides the far side of the band.

    Taking the photo of the ring from a different angle so that the band is given better visibility would help.

    The band is also very dark, especially the far side of the band, so it blends into the background very easily which makes it harder to identify the subject of this photograph.

  2. Scott Pooler May 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm #


    Thanks for you comment. I followed the link to your website and see you have your own challenges with lighting and exposure…. Do you cover those in your book?

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