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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HansderHund, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. suited

    suited Senior member

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    Question for the photography experts:

    I want to paint my office. My photo setup uses the walls and ceiling to bounce light - there is no direct light pointing at my mannequin, so the ability to bounce that light is what my entire setup hinges on. My concern is that changing the paint color could alter my lighting. Any thoughts? Right now the paint in the room is what the builder used (we didn't upgrade the paint the spare bedrooms when we built the house), which is a very light yellow on both the ceiling and wall - and I hate it. I would be moving to a white ceiling with a darker wall color, but nothing crazy dark, just something with more texture and depth.
     
  2. Lirum

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    You'd still have to deal with light being absorbed into darker colors, but you could easily bulk correct for color cast in photoshop using a grey card.
     
  3. Fueco

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    You should be able to do a custom white balance after painting, assuming your camera can do it.
     
  4. Lirum

    Lirum Senior member

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    Doesn't always get it right though. That said my grey card is only 95% too.
     
  5. suited

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    I use iphoto to edit my pics, don't have photoshop. I'm weighing the hassle of moving everything out of my office versus having a better color in the room. I guess when I'm in there I am working, so maybe it's not worth the risk of messing up my photo setup...
     
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    PHOTO LIGHT TENT! Best decision I ever made.
     
  7. hbkshin

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    Blah finally got my Thank You cards in the mail ready to print off my template, to find out my printer forces borders and cannot print in borderless mode. Will have to get a new printer.
     
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    I think your picture set is up pretty solid as it is. I am kind of surprised you achieved this by just bouncing lights around.


    If i had the space i would just get (2) shoot-through umbrella and a large softbox
     
  9. TheNeedMachine

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    Cool. Are these cards that you'll include when shipping, or postcards you'll mail out at some point after shipping the item?
    I like that you used the eBay color scheme!


    Along similar lines, I ordered some poly bags in 10 x 13 and 12 x 15.5 sizes, into which I'll pack items, and then further pack into Priority Mail (RRA or flat-rate box/padded mailer).
    ...and ordered these stickers to slap on the outside of the bags:


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    I only ordered 100 of the stickers in case they suck, or I want to change them later...I was thinking of including contact info, a QR code that goes directly to my eBay store, etc, but I'm sure I was drinking at the time and just ordered whatever was easiest.
     
  10. capnwes

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    ^^Nice!

    I should be getting a stack of these soon.


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  11. hbkshin

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    They're small 5.5x4.25 so I'll throw'em into the bag with every shipment. Stickers are a really cool idea.

    I saw your new logo and it made me want to get one, but I realize I don't really need one yet. Someday though.
     
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    doesn't matter what software you use if you can set a custom white balance in your camera. As the other guys have said, you need a reference white or grey (18%) card and then you're all set. But if you add more lights later or make other changes, you need to re-calibrate.

    Its a 2 minute process.
     
  13. Fueco

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    You need a white balance card for that. The gray card is for determining exposure.

    I only run pics through Photoshop when I need to do a batch resize when I forget to switch my camera setting back to 2.1MP.
     
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    Hah! The ever-present orange bow tie - perfect. Like your new logo as well - very clean and fits your store look & feel. Wes stands for "With Exceptional Service." If your wife is named Pam, I'd freak.
     
  15. hbkshin

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    My new favorite feedback

    Quote: I'mma send this man another tie just like it.
     

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