Buying and Selling on eBay: Tips, Tricks, Problems & Questions

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  1. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    I'm on Canon too. I actually have quite a lot of $$ invested in lenses, but if you're just starting out and want to move away from the kit lens, the 50mm 1.8 is a great little lens for $110 that will allow you to isolate your subject and blur the background by opening up the aperture. http://www.amazon.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-Camera-Lens/dp/B00007E7JU

    Most of the time when you are shooting a still subject (like for eBay) you want to shoot in Aperture mode, which allows you to control the depth of field. Decide how much you'd like to isolate the subject from the background and change the aperture and your distance to the subject accordingly. The Peterson "Understanding Exposure" book is one of the best around for covering the basics and getting away from shooting in auto: http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-3rd-Edition-Photographs/dp/0817439390

    Shoot in RAW if you can and then import into a program like Lightroom. LR 5 just came out so you don't have to worry about it becoming obsolete anytime soon. You can keyword tag your pics and it has a very powerful but fairly easy to learn Develop module for editing. It's really a fantastic piece of software and a few simple edits (crop, white balance, exposure, contrast, etc) will make a huge difference in your pics. Here's a link, get the standalone version, don't commit to Creative Cloud unless you're really sure that's what you want. http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html
     


  2. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    I'm also looking to upgrade at some point in the near future... I currently am using Canon Speedlite EX430 II on a Rebel T4i with an older 28-70 Canon zoom (I think I bought it with my Elan 7 system back in the day). This works fairly well, but I want a bit more consistency in my lighting... I shoot entirely in manual mode for product photography.
     


  3. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Senior member

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    For eBay, I second Canon. DSLR. I have 4 Canon's for digital, different uses - for eBay I use my EOS Rebel XTI. These are only 5,000 different Canon models; I wouldn't go with a point-and-shoot for eBay, I'd go DSLR.
     


  4. Stewie

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    Concealed, the G15 is a great camera for someone looking for a point and shoot. I've seen some great photos from it and is a great value for what it offers. It can be used fine for eBay but to get the best pictures you will definitely need to get the right settings.

    The consensus of using a DSLR may be the right way, but the G15 has a great lens which helps it to stand out. Mentioned above are guys praising the 35mm f1.8 lens, and when it comes down to it the zoom lens on the G15 is f1.8-2.8 (if i remember right) so its ability to get some great depth of field even while zoomed in shouldn't be an issue.

    I used to use a DSLR but now just use a P&S. But with all cameras, it a bit subjective. Just my 2cents.
     
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  5. sn0wman

    sn0wman Senior member

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    ^^ I'm probably the only one, but I've really enjoyed several of the Pentax DSLRs. I had a series of the "legendary" M42 mounted lenses from the 70s (85mm/1.8, etc...) and each new DSLR model allowed me to use them a little easier. Shoot, I even modified a Minolta Rokkor 58mm/1.2 to a Pentax mount. Not good for ebay, but a wonderful lens.

    The DSLRs are pretty cheap compared to the big boys and certainly take nice enough photos for ebay.
     


  6. txwoodworker

    txwoodworker Senior member

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    Here's a couple pics, still working on it. First time I took my camera out of point and shoot mode and actually changed some settings. My goal for lights is twofold. One, I do a lot of shirts and I want to minimize the ironing I do. My previous lighting showed EVERY wrinkle, this new one is going a long way to evening things out so I'm not having to make the product perfect just for photos before folding it into a tiny square and putting it into a bag. Second, is no post processing, no white balance, no crop, nothing. Just shoot and upload. This hobby of mine is getting too out of hand as it is, trying to make it take as little time as possible. As a bonus, I am using continuous lighting, so I don't have to wait between shots for the flash to charge. Having trouble with the wifi SD card. Great in theory but there seems to be some bugs that have to be worked out.

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    using one big 4 fixture octagonal light box and one $2 clamp fixture with a nice reflector.
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  7. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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    Awesome!

    I too want to use continuos lighting. No need for flash IMO since we are not shooting live models [​IMG]


    I have seen kits floating around online that include almost everything needed, but have yet to run into anyone with real hand experience.

    Mind sharing how you went about deciding on the lighting you chose?



    Just browsing online, it gives me a headache from all the options available options.
     


  8. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    Some additional thoughts on the DSLR vs. P&S. I've been a happy DSLR user for 10+ yrs. Obviously one can get great ebay images with a DSLR but it's not essential to shoot with one to get excellent results.

    Generally speaking, the significant benefits of DSLR include no shutter lag, fast AF, interchangeable/fast lenses, improved low light & natural light performance and more control over your image (i.e., RAW). Many of the DSLR benefits don't apply as much when you are shooting product photos (ebay). Typically your subject is static and you can control your light. Therefore, fast AF and low light performance aren't as important when you can control your subject and environment.

    I think if you are interested in photography as a hobby or are shooting kids, sports, etc., you will appreciate the advantages of the DSLR. If you only need a camera to shoot product-type images for ebay, today's generation of P&S cameras will probably suffice. And the canon G-Series are always very highly regarded and well reviewed. I had a G3 as one of my early digicams.
     


  9. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    But you're comparing apples to oranges here, the sensor sizes aren't even close to the same size so you're not going to get anywhere near the depth of field. Canon Rebels (and 60D, 7D) use APS-C sized sensors, 5D is full frame, and the G15 uses a 1/1.7 sensor.

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    Going from full frame to APS-C is a full stop of difference in terms of depth of field so a f/4 on a full frame will have the same depth of field as a f/2.8 on APS-C. I don't know what the conversion is for the G-series sensor but I would think it's at least another full stop difference so that f/1.8-2.8 is really equivalent to something like a F/4-8 and possibly not even that. Don't fool yourself thinking that since it has f/1.8 in the specs that you can get the shallow depth of field that you would from a 1.8 on a crop sensor or full frame. The G series is a great little camera though. I had a G7 years ago and used the Canon Loyalty Program to get a G11 when it died. It's a nice camera to have when I don't feel like bringing my 60D.
     


  10. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    BTW, the Canon Loyalty Program I mentioned above is a great way to upgrade your camera. It depends what they have available, but generally the deal is you give them the serial # of your existing Canon, they will sell you a refurbished Canon at 20% off the refurbished price, and when you receive it you send your old camera back. It doesn't have to be a comparable camera, you can get 20% off a DSLR by sending in an old $10 Canon you found at a flea market. Just give them a call at 866.443.8002. Here's a link to the refurbished store: http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductListingViewAll_10051_10051_-1_29252
     


  11. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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    How many miles have you guys accumulated so far this year?

    I'm curious to see where I stand with others.
     


  12. txwoodworker

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    That was bizarre, somehow my response to your post about lighting Snoogz wound up ABOVE yours. Hope you saw it.
     


  13. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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    Yes I did read it (atleast the one u just quoted). Where did u get ur equipment from?
     


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    Just listened to the salesman at a hugemongous camera place. From what I can tell, the light bulbs are key, I have 4 85W fluorescents (not 85W equivalent) that are at 5000K color temp. there's 3 of them in the octagonal light box, and the one bare bulb which isn't as harsh as I thought it might be, right next to the reflector, but that light box is providing the best diffuse light. He said if you try to buy non-photographic bulbs they don't maintain, or even start out at a consistent color.

    eBay talk - this RLPL is blowing up! I'm having a good week...
    RLPL
     
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  15. TheNeedMachine

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    Nice - thank you for the tips and info. I definitely need a lighting upgrade (using the 4-spot light already in the ceiling over my dining room table, plus a 5000 watt halogen worklight bounced off the ceiling which can give everything a yellow-ish tinge). Not ideal. I like your white backdrop and always-on lighting set-up - not too crazy, would work well with my cameras. I also need a lightbox for smaller items - shoes, ties etc.
    I used to shoot film and had my own studio with darkroom where I developed my film & printed my own photos, so you'd think I knew what I was doing, but that was at the dawn of digital and nothing beat film back then...these days, it's all new! Back then, I was 100% Nikon; with digital I have found nothing beats the variety offered by Canon (though I still have my eye on the Pentax 4/3 Leica Lumix and will likely pick one up eventually).
     


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