Make Money Building An eBay® Photo Business
When you're looking for ways to make money with digital photography - Think eBay® and other online auctions.
There are at least three ways you can go about making money this way:
1. You can teach new eBay® sellers how to take appropriate pictures with a digital camera. You could offer this online as an e-course from your web site (ideally in video format), or advertise in your local community newspaper to attract participants.
2. You can market your services to eBay® super sellers living in your area. These people sell a great many items on eBay®. Time is money, and many will agree it is to their advantage to engage your services to photograph the sale items. You could offer to upload the digital photographs as part of your service.
3. Join eBay® and become a seller yourself. Scour yard sales, craft sales and other venues for interesting objects that you can purchase at a good price and sell them on eBay®. OK, I know, this is not strictly making money from digital photography but it will put your digital photography skills to work. Excellent photos of the items you have for sale will help them sell.
Make sure you check out the eBay® Help Center to learn what you need to know about eBay's photo requirements.
Digital Photography for Auctions
Here are some tips on photographing items for online auctions:
- Try to photograph in natural lighting. Incandescent or fluorescent lights
create an undesirable color cast. Some digital cameras have a feature
that adjusts your white balance so you reduce or eliminate this unwanted
color cast. However, a natural light source, such as a window, balcony
or patio is always best.
- When taking photos indoors, try to shoot in good light so you can turn
your flash to "off". This avoids the unwanted glare that happens when
the flash strobes shiny surfaces such as jewelry, shoes or glass. You
can even distort the color on items such as suede.
- If the picture is too dark without a flash, try adding a second light
source. Try placing a light to one side, so you get light from both the
window and the light. If you plan to do a lot of digital photography for
online auctions, you might want to invest in a special lighting set up
such as a mini-lighting
studio - for some excellent deals on lighting go to eBay® and
select Camera & Photo and type "Photo Lighting Studio" in
the search box.
- When taking photos for auctions, set your digital camera to take the smallest possible picture, usually called the email setting or the "640 by 480" setting. There is no need to take up your media's storage space with huge pictures when you have to reduce the size of them to accommodate eBay's photo requirements.
Many digital SLR now have automatic Image Stabilization, however, if you don't have one of these models then your model will be sensitive to motion or vibration which will produce pictures that are blurred. You can avoid this problem by using a tripod.
Tripods are quite affordable and are your best choice if you want to avoid blurred images. I've seen offers for mini tripod (great for photographing small items) on eBay® for as little as $7 plus shipping (at time of writing), and there are offers on the auction giant for larger sized tripods, including light-weight portable ones that are great for traveling for as little as $12 plus shipping (at time of writing).
To edit your digital photos, the best known applications include:
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
- Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Corel PaintShop Pro
- GIMP or Paint.Net - free editing applications.
Now go put your digital photography skills to work on your online auctions and watch the sales roll in.
Suggested Equipment and Supplies
In addition to your DSLR Camera and suitable Lens(es) for your shoot, you should also consider having:
- Spare, fully charged Camera Batteries so you don't run out of power whilst shooting
- Extra Memory Cards so you don't run out of storage for your photographs
- A Tripod
- A Mini Lighting Studio
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