How to Photograph Your Listings

I have learned many tips and tricks that make photographing listings quick, easy, and effective since I got my start on Kidizen. For anyone who wants to start selling (and gain sales and followers in the process) my top pieces of advice are: choose a consistent and neutral background, take photos in bright, natural sunlight, use editing tools to subtly enhance them, and learn how to choose the right photos.

CHOOSE A NEUTRAL BACKGROUND
A good background is key! I find that being consistent with it works best in creating a cohesive collection for your shop. I chose a white, faux wood vinyl backdrop that I purchased from Etsy for around $20, but you don’t have to spend money to find a great surface to photograph your items on! A hardwood or tile floor in your home, a rug, or even a bedspread can serve well as your backdrop. Just make sure it is neutral, neat, consistent, and allows you to photograph in good natural light.

PICK A COLOR THAT SHOWS OFF YOUR ITEMS
I prefer lighter backgrounds because colors and patterns “pop” more due to the greater contrast. I also find that most colors photograph truer when they are against a light background.

Green Dress on Dark Background

Green Dress on Light Background

For example, I photographed this green dress first with a dark background and second against a light, and you can see the color difference based on what it is placed on.

EDIT FROM YOUR PHONE
I take hundreds of photos for my Kidizen listings and I don’t have the time to expertly edit each one. So, I shoot my photos with my iPhone and find the simple adjustments found on the photography app to be very effective! I use these tools to brighten the photo up a bit and to lessen the shadows, which can make a world of difference.

Raw Photo

Lightened Photo

For example, the photo on the left is the raw photo before any editing, and the photo on the right has been lightened a bit by sliding the adjustment to the right. My ultimate goal is to always make the clothing look as close to what I see in real life so that the buyer can get an accurate view of what they might be buying!

ADD MULTIPLE PHOTOS
Finally, I always make sure to include several photos with each of my listings. These include, but are not limited to, close-ups of any special details or fabric, any flaws that need to be mentioned, and the tag for any special sizing or brand details.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Nicholson, a.k.a. AbbyGoose, is an ex-wedding planner turned stay-at-home-mom to her one and only Abby. She is a born and raised Maine girl who is now living in the San Francisco Bay and couldn’t be happier! Elizabeth loves hiking, exploring new places, and wine tasting.
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