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post #3871 of 15389

Re: photo lighting, I'm looking at this kit, and adding a cheap clamp-on light to bounce off the wall behind the item being photographed.  Maybe not that listing specifically - it was just at the top of the list when I searched, seller is USA and free shipping - seems pretty inexpensive tho.

 

Does it look like it'll do the job, for eBay (shirts, sport coats etc)?  Too expensive...or too cheap to be any good?

post #3872 of 15389
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Originally Posted by DanM View Post

Wow, I started a little storm there.  I'll be the first to admit - I'm a little bitter about how low that suit sold for.  I needed to be willing to list higher and wait for the right buyer.

 

Amen to that.  A couple weeks ago I got the eBay offer to list as many things as I want for free, including 10-day, BIN, set-sale...so I decided to relist some things I bought a long time ago when I didn't know any better.  Figured it can't hurt.  Did sell a few things I thought should be re-donated as no one would want them...but there's a buyer out there for just about everything.  Why eat grapes when you can drink wine - just gotta wait!

post #3873 of 15389
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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

Re: photo lighting, I'm looking at this kit, and adding a cheap clamp-on light to bounce off the wall behind the item being photographed.  Maybe not that listing specifically - it was just at the top of the list when I searched, seller is USA and free shipping - seems pretty inexpensive tho.

 

Does it look like it'll do the job, for eBay (shirts, sport coats etc)?  Too expensive...or too cheap to be any good?

 

Been looking at some lighting to use for family stills as well as clothing.  Not sure that this listing (2 bulbs) would be enough for family shots.  Maybe clothing?  Hope someone who uses constant lighting  will weigh in.  

post #3874 of 15389
I to am looking for a constant light kit.

I was thinking 3 lights and a backdrop should do the trick in eliminating all shadows.

Just need to figure out what kit to buy.
post #3875 of 15389
I'm going to do my first listing on ebay, but it is an odd sport coat. Its a pure silk belvest dual vented, but old label. Do i list it as vintage or what?
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Also has These cool buttons if that helps my listing any.

post #3876 of 15389
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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

Re: photo lighting, I'm looking at this kit, and adding a cheap clamp-on light to bounce off the wall behind the item being photographed.  Maybe not that listing specifically - it was just at the top of the list when I searched, seller is USA and free shipping - seems pretty inexpensive tho.

 

Does it look like it'll do the job, for eBay (shirts, sport coats etc)?  Too expensive...or too cheap to be any good?

 

 

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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

Re: photo lighting, I'm looking at this kit, and adding a cheap clamp-on light to bounce off the wall behind the item being photographed.  Maybe not that listing specifically - it was just at the top of the list when I searched, seller is USA and free shipping - seems pretty inexpensive tho.

 

Does it look like it'll do the job, for eBay (shirts, sport coats etc)?  Too expensive...or too cheap to be any good?


I would worry a bit that the total wattage isn't going to be enough to light the subject, but what do I know. If you look at the setup that capnwes described, he's putting 13-14000 lumens on his subjects. In this kit, assuming the 200w equavalent cfls, 5000K , you're looking at 2800 - 3000 lumens each. you'd need 5 total to match the output Wes is getting. I'm not sure its required, but thats about it.

 

As to the location, if you're shooting a jacket on a mannequin and you're trying to get depth, you're probably going to want to suspend one over head, one from the side/back and one from front/side.

 

I don't think you need an expensive setup to do this at all. I've done mine with cheap reflective shields, and 1200 lumen LED lights @5000K. for my limited needs, that's worked ok.  http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bayco-200-Watt-Incandescent-Clamp-Light-CE-310PDQ/100354514#.UdiYF1NQ3rk

 

I still think I could build a fold-out unit similar to wes's with 4 lights instead of 6 that would fold up to about 12" total depth when folded. Light would cost about $50, bulbs would be about $50. then a frame system that would total around 100. 

post #3877 of 15389
Good luck aglose! I think you'd limit yourself if you listed as vintage. Let the searcher judge for themselves (unless of course you a selling something that's pure vintage and that's what the seller is looking for).

Are those the pictures you're going to use? If so, you may want to reshoot. Pictures are your #1 way of conveying information about your item. You want them to be well-lit and in focus. If you don't have a fancy light rig - hanging outside it diffused sunlight will work fine too.
post #3878 of 15389

My new setup works with 4x 85W bulbs and a reflector and it's enough light.  When I turn off 2 of the lights I feel it's not enough.  I don't think you can ever have too much light.  I would definately advocate at least 2 light sources.  My auctions have gone from this to this.

 

Anyone else having a crazy slow sales week?

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^Thanks for the help. No I'll shoot other pics here In the next week and get it listed next weekend.
post #3880 of 15389
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post

My new setup works with 4x 85W bulbs and a reflector and it's enough light.  When I turn off 2 of the lights I feel it's not enough.  I don't think you can ever have too much light.  I would definately advocate at least 2 light sources.  My auctions have gone from this to this.

Anyone else having a crazy slow sales week?

that looks nice, but i still prefer natural light when i can get it. i bought a bunch of 500w halogens recently, and even them plus my new camera set on iso auto (i know nothing from f stops) led to dim, off colors. some items i can get away with the integrated flash, but most not. if anything, my next step is going to be to invest in a remote separate flash that i can bounce off the wall. otherwise, i will continue taking my pics between 8 and 10am, when the light streams thru my bay window and lights things up well enough.
post #3881 of 15389
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post

My new setup works with 4x 85W bulbs and a reflector and it's enough light.  When I turn off 2 of the lights I feel it's not enough.  I don't think you can ever have too much light.  I would definately advocate at least 2 light sources.  My auctions have gone from this to this.

 

Anyone else having a crazy slow sales week?


What color is your background in the 2nd photo? What are the lumen ratings and the color on your bulbs?

post #3882 of 15389
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post


that looks nice, but i still prefer natural light when i can get it. i bought a bunch of 500w halogens recently, and even them plus my new camera set on iso auto (i know nothing from f stops) led to dim, off colors. some items i can get away with the integrated flash, but most not. if anything, my next step is going to be to invest in a remote separate flash that i can bounce off the wall. otherwise, i will continue taking my pics between 8 and 10am, when the light streams thru my bay window and lights things up well enough.


hmmm. that could be a lot of heat with those big halogens.

 

as long as you have a system that works for you.

 

I've seen a dozen videos on youtube explaining how to set f stops for maximum quality. I started with a pentax 35mm, spent hours taking film off spools in black rooms, etc. I don't miss it at all.

 

auto is great, except when it isn't.

post #3883 of 15389
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Originally Posted by jebarne View Post


hmmm. that could be a lot of heat with those big halogens.

Hotter than the sun. And still doesn't take great shots. Which is why I ditched it for ACTUAL sun.

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Same camera. Artificial lighting versus natural, some including straight up full sun. For clarity, both sets of pics are on either full auto or low light auto. I recognize that's part of my problem, but for better or worse, I just can't invest the dozens of hours to learn all the various fstop settings. That will ultimately hurt my skills in the long run, but such is the Tyranny of the Urgent.

Are there some harsh shadows in some of those full sun pics? Sure. But the color capture is incomparably better -- which I know isn't something anyone is challenging. All I'm saying is: When I have a perfectly good, totally free lighting source available to me for some portion of most days, I'm going to use it.
post #3884 of 15389

I have been using one halogen work light as part of my current lighting; yes, it gives off a lot of heat - I can't imagine having a bunch of them in the same room.  

Thanks for the input folks - maybe I'll spring for two of those lighting sets (4 lights total) and a couple clip lamps - should cover all the bases.

post #3885 of 15389

Does anyone use eBay's automated return process (where a buyer can initiate a return on their side)?  I ask because I turned it on a while ago, and I think that was a big mistake - I only accept returns due to "not as described", and a buyer initiated a return today due to "not as described - defective / counterfeit", which the item definitely is not...it is/was new and not counterfeit.  But it appears that I have no option other than to  process the return, despite the reason for return not being valid.

 

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Thanks!

 

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Return started on ebay today from a buyer:

 

Reason for return: Item defective
Buyer comments: It is not the same as the atlas bag made by Jack Spade people looked at it and believe it is a counterfit
Because the buyer told us that the item was not as described, you are responsible to pay for return shipping charges.
 
Here is the item I sold.  I messaged the buyer, letting them know it is not counterfeit, that I bought it from <reputable store name>, and I sent them this link to the same bag on the Jack Spade website (it was on sale at one time, no longer available, but the same bag nonetheless).  I finished with "Because it is as described, and not counterfeit, there is no reason to return it. Please advise."
 
They may have some other reason for wanting to return it - they just don't like it, found it on sale for less somewhere else - who knows - but it is 100% as described (new and genuine), and "not as described" is my only allowed reason for returns.
 
What's the consensus - will eBay side with me, or the buyer? Or do I even have a choice? I have the automatic return process thing turned on - so maybe they can just return it and I have no choice at all...?

 

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