Picture of Taking E bay photos that get attention

      I have seen a lot of bad pictures on E bay, ones that are out of focus, to dark, or have something lurking in the background.  While you are buying the item that is for sale and not the picture, using  a  bad picture says things about you as a seller. Being too rushed to take a good picture of your item implies that you really don't care about selling or the image that you put out there.  Using better pictures implies that you care about what your selling and the people who are looking at it and that you are not out to hide some defect or misrepresent your item in some way. Good pictures help sell. They give people confidence in what they are bidding on. So it just makes sense to use the best pictures you can. This instructable is designed to help you take better pictures and give you some pointers on what to use and how.
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Step 1: Don't use bad pictures!

Picture of Don't use bad pictures!
If a picture is out of focus, don't use it. Using it says that you are sloppy and don't care about how your product looks. Re-shoot it and keep shooting until you get a good one. Take the time to do it right. 

The same is true with motion blur or camera movement. Don't use bad shots. Use faster shutter speeds or a tripod or both, but delete the bad ones and only post good pictures.

Nelyan3 years ago
AWWW! I think I have to get some boxes of packing peanuts myself for our cats :D Your cats are super cute, I'm so glad you have taken such good care of them and shared their story. :)
cute cats,i love them :)
Great "ible", I love the cats. Could you reccomend any decent and yet free or really cheap photo editing software? I have microsoft paint, it came with my laptop. But I don't find it to be really good at all, of course it could be the fault of the user...

Thanks, oldanvil
Vyger (author)  oldanvilyoungsmith4 years ago
I have tried a lot of programs but unfortunately some of my favorite ones have disappeared, often the result of the companies being purchased by others. One of my favorite was PhotoImpact made by Ulead. They have recently been bought out by Corel.
There is a small (relative to some of the giants) British company called Serif that has a whole line of software that is actually very good. One of their titles is called Photo Plus, the current version is 14. However one of the nice things about Serif is they allow their titles to be resold. In other words if someone has version 12 and decideds to upgrade to 14 (They often have special upgrade pricing, and sometimes even bundle titles together. I talked with their salesman and he talked me into upgradeing 3 of my Serif programs but gave them to me for the price of only one and threw in free shipping.) anyway if you upgrade you have the right to then sell your current version to someone else. You might try doing a search on E bay for some older versions. The web site is

The program that has become the one I use all the time though is Corel Draw. The Draw suite has a program called Photo Paint included and it works really good.
Corel has a home and academic pricing plan and you can get the newest Draw suite for $100.00 as long as your not using it for commercial applications. If this link works you can find a list of their programs here.
cecilomar5 years ago
It's very cute but I'm allergic to cats... so...
lampajoo5 years ago
insanely cute
srlang0035 years ago
Very adorable and entertaining.  I would definitely look at whatever you were listing just to see the kitten and read the captions.
stonegoal5 years ago
You really have some great pics
smwarnke45 years ago
iectyx3c5 years ago
Love dem kittehs. And your captions are funny and creative. Good work.

I love your cat!! She really is a natural with her modeling. And your captions are just too funny! Great instructable by the way... I'll try these tips next time I list an item!

Eonir5 years ago
One of the cutest instructables I've ever seen. Nice job.
Vyger (author)  Eonir5 years ago
I added another step at the end, you might find it even more fun.
tabgilbert5 years ago
Excellent and creative. But now that the cat is out of the bag should we expect more copy cats photos on eBay?
pingeee5 years ago
The potential problem of engaging an animal model. The cat is so cute that I couldn't pay attention to the toner box at all! ^_^