It takes just a few minutes to list your kids outgrown and never worn clothing on LoobaLee. One of the most important elements of your listing are the photographs. We allow up to 4 FREE photos to be uploaded from your computer.
It takes very little effort to prepare your garments before you start snapping pictures. The hardest part may be finding the right setting in your house. This could take some experimenting with different lighting, backgrounds, and item colors (e.g. red photographs very different than white).
Here are some tips to get you started and help you get the most out of your snapshots.
Any Camera Will Do!
You don’t need fancy lenses or settings. In fact, if you have them on your camera, you’ll do best setting them all to “standard”. Today’s smartphone cameras work great, too! Touching up your photos with a photo editor isn’t necessary. It pays off to find the best location in our home and settings on your camera to get good to great pics on the first click.
Get Those Wrinkles Out!
Steam or iron the garment before you take pictures. The more defined a crease is, the worse it will show up in your photos. Getting wrinkles out of the garment that has been sitting in a tubby for a while makes the item not only look more desirable but also makes photographing details much easier. If you have a lot of items to photograph, it’s more efficient to steam or iron them all at once. Short on time? Try throw them in the dryer for a just few minutes.
p.s. I love my Rowenta Steamer, it gets the job done easier and faster than ironing.
Photograph Against a Solid, Flat Surface
Avoid taking photos on a busy bedspread or on patterned and linty carpets. A wood grain floor, table, or door makes a great background. Light woods and dark woods work equally as well. A finished, glossy surface makes your items pop much better than a dull one. The look is clean and helps your item stand out. If you have access to a solid black/dark surface or a solid white/light surface, you can also experiment with these backgrounds.
Use Natural Lighting
It is best if you can use natural light from a window or door to get a true representation of the garment. Once you find natural light, experiment with adding indoor lighting or a camera flash to enhance your pictures. Sometimes a camera flash will change the coloration of an item, especially white items. You wouldn’t want that white shirt to come off dim or yellow!
It’s All in the Details!
Be sure to capture characteristics that make your item special, such as embroidery, stitching details or fabric design. A close view of the garment label will not only answer questions potential buyers might have on the fabric, size, and authenticity, but it will help you remember the information when you are listing.
Photograph any imperfections the item might have. Being upfront with your customers will not only make the sale go much smoother but will build buyer confidence for future purchases.
What works for you? Do you have any tips to add?