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How to get good photo’s of your items onto the website:

There are two parts to this:

  1. Taking a good photo.
  2. Loading the photo onto the website.
    1. Check photo file size / optimisation
    2. Make sure the File Type is a JPEG
    3. Organise your photo’s location on your computer

1. Taking a good photo.

The photo can be taken with a digital camera or a film based camera.

The photo is ultimately required to be set at a 2:3 ratio for best viewing on the website. A 2:3 ratio is roughly the size of a standard rectangle. The standard settings of digital or film based cameras have image settings of a 2:3 ratio. If your photo does not have this ratio, it may need cropping or it will be reduced in size with unused space to the sides of the photo.

Your main (first) photo should be of the entire item, centred to the photo. Zoom the lens or move closer to your item until the item you are selling almost fills the screen, leaving a small area around it for balance. Other photos can then be close up details and different angles to show off certain aspects of your item like the make and model, the condition it's in and its colour.

A suitable background to the photo is important. Keep it uncluttered. Items in the background of the photo will detract from the item you are trying to sell and will obscure the detail. A location with an even background, like a grass, concrete or plain floor surface with a solid colour behind is ideal.

If you are taking photos outside, stay out of direct sunlight as it creates too much contrast and shadow, and less detail. Bright sunlight can also make colour look washed out so take the photo in the shade.

Try to take the photos from the objects height. Shooting from below or standing over items can make the shots look distorted.

Photos to sell a wheelbarrow:

Bad Photo (background too cluttered)
Bad photo, background too cluttered
Bad Photo (too dark)
Bad photo, too dark
Bad Photo (too much light)
Bad photo, too light
Good Photo
Good photo

2. Loading the photo onto the website.

Make sure Images are ready for upload by following three simple steps.

A. Check the photo file size (optimisation) for a digital photo and a scanned photo.

To minimise time uploading images to the website the image needs to be optimised. Optimisation is setting the image dimensions and resolution. The process reduces the image file size whilst keeping a web standard image and picture quality.

Image dimensions: The height and width / length of the image.
Ultimately for uploading to the website this should be set at 800 x 600 pixels.

Image resolution: The amount of pixels stored within the image.
Ultimately for uploading to the website this should be 72 pixels per inch.

The file size should be no more than 300KB in size. You can check this by right clicking on the photo and choosing ‘properties’. The information displayed will include the file size.

Images loaded onto your computer using the minimum / low settings from your camera or scanner will generally be ok to upload to the website straight away.

If you are not sure, or you need to optimise your photos there are two ways of doing this.

Digital Photo:

  1. Digital cameras have quality settings that can be changed through menu functions. Set your digital camera to minimum / low size and resolution settings.
  2. Take your photo using the cameras default settings. Then use your computer image editing software to optimise the image to minimum / low size and resolution

Scanned Photo:

When using a film based camera you will need to use a scanner to convert your photo to digital. Once again your image will need to be optimised and there are two ways of doing this.

  1. Scanners have quality settings that can be changed through menu functions. Set your scanner to minimum / low size and resolution settings.
  2. Scan your image using its default settings and use your computer image editing software to optimise the image to minimum / low size and resolution.

If you don’t have image editing software to optimise your photos you can download this easy to use freeware program as recommended from the link provided. Follow links to download section.
EvJO Photo-Image Resizer 1.4.5.21 (2.23mb) (Vista, 2003, XP, 2000, Me, 98 compatible)

B. Make sure the File Type is a JPEG

The website uses " JPEG (.jpg) " formatted photos. They can be uploaded easily and retain good image quality. This is the most common file type that is produced by digital camera downloading software.

If you are using a scanner to scan a photo, the scanning software will allow you to save the photo as a JPEG file.

If your photo is not already in a JPEG (.jpg) file format, you can change it to a JPEG (.jpg) file by doing the following:

  1. Open the photo.
  2. Click the File menu.
  3. Select Save As….
  4. When the Save As dialog box appears, name your file.
  5. Use the Save as type pull-down menu, select JPEG (.jpg)
  6. Click Save or OK.

C. Organise your photo’s location on your computer.

Before you start the upload process, it will save time if you rename your photo files with meaningful names and collect them in a central place on your computer so you can browse and locate a particular photo for the item you are selling.

OK, now you are ready to advertise an item for sale.

Click here to take you to: Add an item. This will take you through a set by set process to load up your ad and your photo.

Don’t forget that if you want to change anything on the ad, including the photo at a later date, you can simply go back into the advertisement and use the edit button to reload your photo or change your words as many times as you want.

If you haven’t registered for an account yet, click here to register.

Good Luck!