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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

I had significantly less traffic for the last two months. At first I thought it was due to fewer listings and different handling times...etc. I noticed the other day I still had super low numbers...even with a listing featured on Put This On. The 1000+ PTO hits are not even showing up at all.

My views have plummeted. Granted I've hardly had time to list anything, but what gives? frown.gif
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My views have plummeted. Granted I've hardly had time to list anything, but what gives? frown.gif

I figure I will give it a few more weeks to correct itself and then I'll call them. It doesn't really affect anything, but I like to see where my buyers are coming from to see if I can capitalize. 

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

I figure I will give it a few more weeks to correct itself and then I'll call them. It doesn't really affect anything, but I like to see where my buyers are coming from to see if I can capitalize. 

I used to look at the traffic count 20 times a day, it can be very counter intuitive some times, especially when they seem to freeze for a day or two and then double over a few hours??????

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

I figure I will give it a few more weeks to correct itself and then I'll call them. It doesn't really affect anything, but I like to see where my buyers are coming from to see if I can capitalize. 

I don't even use the seller tools. I just mean in my ebay. Seriously have some things running for 7 days with 5 views which is just pitiful shog[1].gif
post #875 of 18262
Camera question: point and shoot vs dslr
I have been using a fujifilm finepix but it gave up on me recently. I did not have much problem with it, but i always my pics could improve. Now, i m in the market for new camera. I m debating between :nikon coolpix, canon powershot vs nikon d3000 or up, nikon d60 or up, canon t1. Do you guys know if the quality of the pics really differ from the point and shoots to the dslrs giving that the lighting is acceptable? I m looking to capture details from the full shots and true color of the the items. Thanks.
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Yes, the quality of the pictures will be much better in a DSLR IF you get decent lenses for it. If you get a cheap crappy lens it might be only as good, but there's some cheap excellent lenses for each platform as long as you don't need to capture sports action or shoot in really low light. 

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Thanks. Would i need to get a better lens than the af-x ds 18-55mm for a nikon d3000?
post #878 of 18262
A lot depends on what you want to do with it. For taking product shots on eBay, a little distortion and chromatic aberration isn't really going to matter. A shallow depth-of-field is a nice look—and a weakness for P&S or typical zoom lenses—but you usually want your product shots sharp so people can see everything anyway.

If you plan on doing portraits or fine-art work, then yeah, a DSLR with some nice prime (non-zoom) glass is the way to go. Or spend the $$$ on a big aperture zoom.

This article is five years old, but I think has a decent comparison.
http://digital-photography-school.com/should-you-buy-a-dslr-or-point-and-shoot-digital-camera

A lot really comes down to knowing how to use the camera and photo editing software. Just adjusting your black and white points properly will pop the contrast and be a big improvement over an image straight out of the camera. People often get into the trap of trying to improve their images by spending money on equipment when really a few classes would be a better investment. I know you are looking for a new camera anyway, but I wouldn't expect to see any real difference in the images, no matter how much you spend.

A friend of mine has shot for Life, National Geographic, etc., and given his choice, he goes for the cheap toy cameras like the Holga.
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Who can I PM to get the black list?
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Originally Posted by Mox C View Post

A lot depends on what you want to do with it. For taking product shots on eBay, a little distortion and chromatic aberration isn't really going to matter. A shallow depth-of-field is a nice look—and a weakness for P&S or typical zoom lenses—but you usually want your product shots sharp so people can see everything anyway.
If you plan on doing portraits or fine-art work, then yeah, a DSLR with some nice prime (non-zoom) glass is the way to go. Or spend the $$$ on a big aperture zoom.
This article is five years old, but I think has a decent comparison.
http://digital-photography-school.com/should-you-buy-a-dslr-or-point-and-shoot-digital-camera
A lot really comes down to knowing how to use the camera and photo editing software. Just adjusting your black and white points properly will pop the contrast and be a big improvement over an image straight out of the camera. People often get into the trap of trying to improve their images by spending money on equipment when really a few classes would be a better investment. I know you are looking for a new camera anyway, but I wouldn't expect to see any real difference in the images, no matter how much you spend.
A friend of mine has shot for Life, National Geographic, etc., and given his choice, he goes for the cheap toy cameras like the Holga.

Solida advice and I thank you for it! I need a good course but at the current moment I don't have time. Any recommendations as far as online lessons/courses? I honestly just want the basics...what I should do with the camera and how exactly I should process the photo.
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Who can I PM to get the black list?

I believe, Brianpore.

@Brianpore, I could use the list as well, though it's not nearly as relevant smile.gif. I'll PM you.
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Any recommendations as far as online lessons/courses? I honestly just want the basics...what I should do with the camera and how exactly I should process the photo.

I'm not sure about online courses, but I found some of Bryan Peterson's books handy when I was first starting, in particular "Learning to See Creatively" and "Understanding Exposure". The two together covers both the creative and the technical aspects of photography.
http://www.amazon.com/Bryan-Peterson/e/B000APQPTU

There are lots of books on how to use Photoshop, Corel, or whatever you happen to be using, but here's a basic technique on adjusting contrast that can go a long way towards making an image look a lot better. I haven't looked at any of the recent books out, so you will probably have to look around for yourself. You might have luck checking the forums on Photo.net.

http://ralphnordstromphotography.com/wordpress/articles/how-to-articles/making-photograph-black-white-points/

Grendel might be more up to date on what's out there.
post #883 of 18262

How exactly an image should be processed is a wide and varied subject... Just sayin'.

 

This book was/is pretty much the standard book every photography student (myself included) I've known used to figure things out. It was mandatory reading actually for beginning photo students. I haven't looked at any of the new editions, but my super old one covered everything you'd need to know about the processes/reasoning/methods of photography. The version I'm linking you to will be the latest, that covers all sorts of digital things I assume. It's pricey, but you can grab one of the older editions (for next to nothing in comparison) and get all the same technique in terms of what everything on the camera does and why. It might used a film based camera, but light is still light...

Photography.

post #884 of 18262
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Originally Posted by Evil Abed View Post

How exactly an image should be processed is a wide and varied subject... Just sayin'.
So true. The number of workflows out there is staggering. I keep learning new things and adjusting mine.
post #885 of 18262

Meh, for auction pics you don't need any processing. Get the color balance and lighting right when you take it and you're done. Check out the Strobist's lighting 101:

 

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

 

I think with digital people get so hung up on what they think they can fix in Photoshop that they don't focus on good lighting, etc. up front. Personally I've never seen a photo that looked better after lots of processing than it would have if it were taken correctly in the first place. 

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