I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the sellers (and buyers) that contribute to this thread. I, and I'm sure countless others, have learned a lot from your experience, so THANK YOU!
Many people here sell for a living or make a considerable amount of their annual income from sales. I am a hobby seller for the most part, selling to make a bit extra money or to get rid of unwanted/unused things. As time has gone by, I've become more and more involved in it, but still not nearly the levels of many on here. Therefore, I'd like to take a minute to explain my setup. I use a small corner of my home office to do everything. I don't have the space to dedicate a room to it and I like to be able to put it all away after photos are taken.
I started out simply snapping a few pictures, listing it and waiting. I've gotten a bit more complicated, but I still try to keep things simple enough that it doesn't become a chore.
My setup includes:
- DSLR camera
Camera: I use a Sony Alpha 100 that I've had for years now. I enjoy photography but know little about it in the way of technical details. I've found this helpful:
It's probably for the beginner, but it helps to show you some of the functions and how to best utilize them on your camera.
I also use a tripod to get the best results.
Computer: I am a fan of Mac (don't flame me
), but something that is speedy is necessary. You're going to use it to import/export your photos and to create listings. A bigger monitor is helpful. Many on here use GarageSale and I will likely try it out in the coming days.
Mannequin: I didn't use a mannequin for the longest time simply because I didn't want to have it sitting around. I grabbed one on eBay for €16 + €29 shipping. You can pin it, it has a heavy steal base and adjusts to a height of about a meter. I feel that it was well worth the money. Any Europeans that would like the ebay username of the seller, just let me know. I can recommend him.
Lighting: I struggle with this one. I want to accurately show the colors of the items that I'm selling and came up with a cheap and portable solution. I bought a work light with a halogen bulb. Photographers might say this isn't the best solution, but it serves my needs. I wanted something that was adjustable, the legs to fold and a place to keep the cord. I bought this for €20:
Background: I see many people on ebay that use no background or use a bed sheet. These work in some situations, but I wanted something blank so it wouldn't be distracting. One afternoon I built a simple background. It consists of a wooden frame, fabric and a couple of hinges. It works well and is easy to put away. I also have a stained piece of wood(not pictured) that I use for the "flooring" of the photo and to photograph small items.
Details:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I want everything to be easy to prepare but also to store it when it's not in use. Here is the final result. I know the photos/presentation doesn't measure up to a lot of the guys around here, but it's always a work in progress. Note that I didn't crop/edit the photos as I would before listing. The "flooring" of the photo is also missing, but it gives you an idea.Edited by HansderHund - 1/22/13 at 6:28am