Take it fur­ther Sell it with a pack shot

Get­ting a great shot of some­thing you are try­ing to sell on eBay is never as easy you first think. Chris Ge­orge shows you how to use a light tent to make your wares look ir­re­sistible

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Not ev­ery pic­ture you take has to be beau­ti­ful or artis­tic. Many of the im­ages that we take are just record shots. A great ex­am­ple of this is the pic­tures that we take of the things we want to sell on­line, on eBay, Etsy or on our own web­site.

Such prod­uct shots make seem sim­ple to take, but this tech­ni­cal type of pho­tog­ra­phy is much harder to do well than you might think, and that’s why there are pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers mak­ing good money shoot­ing top-qual­ity pack shots. Af­ter all, good pic­tures will help sell your home­made prod­ucts or un­wanted pos­ses­sions that more eas­ily.

The key thing with these pic­tures is to show as much de­tail as pos­si­ble, and this means min­imis­ing the amount of bright high­lights or dis­tract­ing shad­ows in the frame. For this you want soft, even light­ing.

There are lots of ways of achiev­ing this, but one of the eas­i­est is to use a light tent. These are made of translu­cent white ma­te­rial, which sur­rounds the sub­ject, dif­fus­ing the light sources which are placed out­side the tent. The even light­ing ef­fec­tively

The great thing about this setup is that once you are set up, you can shoot a whole range of sub­jects in quick suc­ces­sion, with only min­i­mum changes be­tween shots

recre­ates the sort of light you get out­doors on a cloudy day – the sort of day where it is dif­fi­cult to pin­point the po­si­tion of the sun.

Light tents can be bought (see op­po­site for buy­ing tips), but if you look on­line you’ll see that it is pos­si­ble to make your own. Most ready-made tents are col­lapsi­ble af­fairs that pop into the right shape, but then take some fid­dling to make sure ev­ery­thing is straight and creases are elim­i­nated. The most con­ve­nient form of light­ing is to use a cou­ple of desk lamps and light your set from both sides.

The great thing about this setup is that once you are set up, you can shoot a whole range of sub­jects in quick suc­ces­sion, with only min­i­mum changes be­tween shots.

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