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Selling on eBay

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This may have been discussed before, in which case I'd appreciate a point in the right direction. But in any case I have a bunch of stuff I'm hoping to put up on ebay tomorrow or in the next couple of days and I am having a hell of a time getting good pictures of suits/jackets. I have a reasonably good digital camera and horrible lighting, and no good way to stand up the jackets for photographing. Does anyone have any tips for a rare ebay seller like myself? I don't want to buy a model stand thing because I don't plan to do this often, but I'd like to get good pictures. The best I can do so far is to hang the jackets on a Zegna hanger with really big shoulders, and that looks reasonably good. Better than some auctions where it looks like the guy tossed the jacket on the carpet and took a picture of it with an ancient disc camera after pulling it out from under the backseat of his Maverick. But I digress. Any tips? Homemade jacket stands? Good lighting tips assuming regular around the house lighting? Thanks.
post #2 of 4
Buy a mannequin, it's well worth the investment. In the meantime, you can drive a nail or screw into a white wall and hang the hanger from that. Daylight is superior to even the best artificial lighting, so it's best to shoot when the sun is coming in through a window. If you must shoot at night, you can take fairly good pictures by using inexpensive reading-light type lamps (with full size light bulbs) and bouncing the light off a wall or ceiling. Torchieres are good for that too. Ideally, your camera should have adjustable shutter speed so you can shoot on a tripod, without the flash. A flash makes the pic very two dimensional, causes problems with reflection, and makes textures appear harsh.
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Thanks, I guess I'll be digging out all the lamps I have in the house tomorrow and putting nails in my walls. I really think having a mannequin in the house would freak me out, unless it turned into Kim Catrall when everyone was away...
post #4 of 4
Just get a torso - no fake muscles or freaky bald heads needed.
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