Tips for taking digital photography ebay:
Adding photos to your listings can make it easier to sell your books. After all, people like to SEE what they’re getting.
The easiest way to take photos is with a digital camera. If you don’t have one, it is well worth the investment. You can do it with regular film, but obviously you need to develop it then scan it in. You can also use a scanner. Tips for taking digital photography ebay
There’s lots of tutorial on how to take professional looking digital pictures that can be used on Abe or eBay. But if you’re just getting started, here’s some tips to make them look pretty good.
Take your photos in natural light with no flash. You books will look best in sunlight. Artificial light may add a strange color tint to photos. Sun is always best. Use a sunny windowsill.
Make sure the surface you are photographing on is clean and is relatively uninteresting. Don’t photograph them on your rug. Use something that is a single color. You probably want a light surface and dark surface to work with, depending on color of book. Light book on dark background, dark book on light background.
Turn off the time and date stamp. Check your camera’s manual to figure out how.
Use the Macro setting on your camera. Most digital cameras use a flower symbol to designate Macro. It will either be a button on the camera itself, or show up on an onscreen menu. Check the camera’s manual to find it, or just fiddle with it.
If it doesn’t have a dustjacket and the title is not written on the cover, you may want to open the book and photograph the title page instead. That makes it clear it IS the right book, not just a random green book.
Once you’ve taken your photo, you’ll want to edit it some to clean it up. You will need some sort of image editing software. Many cameras come with image editing software. If it didn’t, you can download GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/ ) for free and it will be sufficient for all your basic tasks.
When editing, you’ll want to perform these tasks on all your photos. A quick Google search will turn up tutorials for how to do these tasks in the program you own:
Run Autolevels. This will automatically color correct photos. If you photographed on a perfect cloudless day, you may not need to do this. All the rest of the time you should do this.
Use the crop tool to trim excess background out of the photo.
Resize. In most cases, 6” on longest side is plenty for a book cover. If the jacket art is particularly detailed or you want text to be readable, you may want to make it bigger. You want it smaller to keep it fast loading and to make sure it fits under the file size cap on your site.
Export the image as a JPG or GIF. Do NOT use another format. There may be a “save for web” option in your program. Use this, if available. Pay attention to what the maximum file size is for each site. (see below) You may need to save at lower quality, or go back and resize the image to be smaller to get it under the size cap. (most programs will show you a file size during preview) For JPG, somewhere between 70-80% is ideal. GIF will generally be bigger, unless you have something with a limited color palette. Then GIF will be smaller AND look better. JPG is best for pictoral covers and things with color gradients. GIF is best for things with large blocks of undiluted color.
Now that you’ve taken the photo, you need to get it uploaded! Here’s how to do that for the major sites.
Does not allow custom pictures. It only uses stock photos, so many of your older titles won’t have any photos.
Your files should be named after your inventory numbers. You will have to load them individually unless you want to use FTP. If you’ve never used FTP, I don’t recommend it.
Your file needs to be less than 35K and must be in JPG or GIF. You can only upload one photo per listing.
Here’s where to find the Image uploads on your login screen
Which will take you here. Click that and you’ll be taken to the upload screen.
Your files should be named after your inventory numbers, just like ABE . You can either upload images one by one, or upload them in a single ZIP file.
Your files must be in JPG or GIF format. You can only upload one photo per listing. If you upload a ZIP file, it must be less than 50MB.
Here’s where to find the upload when you login. Choosebooks is actually the easiest to find it on!
And here’s where to find it if you’re using the German language interface of Choosebooks/ZVAB
Your files can be named anything. You have to go in and edit each listing individually to upload them. However, you can upload up to FIVE images.
If you want to mass upload them, you may do it via FTP, but they must be named by the inventory number and you can only add one photo per listing. If you want to add additional photos to the listing, you’ll have to do it by hand.
Important note: if you decide to upload additional photos, it will delete all existing photos on that listing. So if you want to have more than one photo, you should go directly to that item and upload all the photos at once.
They should be in JPG or GIF format.
Here’s what it looks like on individual listings on Biblio.
And here’s the pop up that will appear:
Know how to do it on a site not listed here? Please leave a comment!
[editor’s note] There you have it – great digital pictures in a nutshell. Thanks for another great post Nora