Get your shadow OUT OF THE PHOTO! Sting your bow correctly
The “EZ Cube” is a light tent widely used by good photographers. It makes taking great photos easy. You simply place an object inside the light tent; shine the lights on the outside and you get very diffused light. This eliminates glare and reflection from shiny objects. Also it has a seamless background and you can place different colored paper or cloth in the background to get different effects.
One more thing, it is tempting to use photos found online of the same model as the bow you are selling, do not do this! I once found someone selling a Shakespeare Mancos on eBay and he was using my photo from my blog. The stupid thing was he was selling a right handed bow and mine was left handed. This is actually very deceitful, it leads the buyer into believing that the bow for sale is the same one on the photo. Do not be lazy, use your own photos!!
|watch out for flash flare|
|Avoid reflective flares that distract from your subject|
Three eBay photos oriented incorrectly. Don’t be lazy, turn the photos!!
Here is another example of a poorly orientated photo. The dog is a cute touch
A horrible blurry photo found on eBay
Out of focus, and poorly lit. (See the foot?)
An example of a poorly lit, under exposed and out-of-focus photo (what is the electric plug doing there?)
Get the feet out of the photo!
One more with ugly feet, poor lighting
Keep your feet out of the photo or take them out by cropping
This is an example of an uncluttered, well lit, well cropped, quality photo of vintage bow
Here is a great example of good composition, lighting, and simple background.
Here is a good example of a cluttered photo. What is this person trying to sell?
Another example of a cluttered photograph, a buyer will pass this up because the bow is too hard to see
A great example of a well-lit and well composed vintage bow. All of this seller’s bows are well photographed
This is a good example of what not to do. This seller did not get close to the item
|do not string your bow like this, string it correctly|
This seller is outstanding. He uses beautiful photography . He also uses editing to offer several angles in each photo. ep1944
are bows refinished and restored by Doan Archery, he uses well composed
and well lit photos, His bows are exquisite and the photos reflect
This seller is one of the best on eBay. Though the prices are high, the seller adds a dozen or more photos
and adds close ups of any flaws. Note how the bows are centered in the photo, this is good editing. prettyimpracticals
This seller uses riser close-up as his lead photo and adds several detail photos to inform a buyerhemdell
This seller uses his backyard as a backdrop for his bows.
I enjoy looking at his bows as the seasons change. whitetailridge