Getting that Close-up for eBay is easier than you may think. It isn’t really that hard to do if you have a fairly good camera. I sell vintage items on eBay and notice that some people could really use a few tips on how to get hallmarks and fine details of their items to show up better for potential buyers. You don’t need a high end, expensive digital camera to do this. Not everyone has a digital camera, either. So, this still works well even if you are using a standard camera with film.
A large magnifying glass will help you get those close-up shots with ease. Some of my items have tiny, itsy-bitsy, hallmarks which can’t be seen very well with the naked eye. I sell antique beaded purses with intricate micro-bead work, and getting a close-up shot to show my potential buyers is a must. The first rule to remember is, if you can’t see the detail very well, neither can your camera. If you try to zoom in, the image just becomes a big blur.
Put your item under a magnifying glass to enlarge its view well enough to see the fine details. Sometimes I might use two magnifying glasses, or one which has a enlarging bifocal area. The bifocal areas on a magnifying glass is especially helpful to get shots of teeny tiny hallmarks on sterling items. Scanners are great for flat items, but are worthless for bulky or 3-D items. As you already know, scanners only work to scan pictures or paper, so there is no need to go into detail about scanners.
There are all kinds and sizes of magnifiers and magnifying glasses available. You can get magnifying glasses at most general stores, craft stores, or even at the pharmacy. More expensive is not necessarily better. I purchased mine at the Dollar Store and it works just as well as an expensive one I bought at a craft store.
• Do choose one which features a bifocal area. You may not use it much, but it is nice in case you ever do need it.
• Choose one which will be large enough for your needs. Mine are about 4″ inches in diameter.
• Select one which has a stand or a holding clamp feature. It is easier to have your hands free.
Camera settings can also help to get a good shot. If your digital camera has an “Easy” setting, I suggest trying that mode first. My camera does just fine with this setting and I don’t have to try figuring my camera out without getting too technical. The most important setting is the “no shake” feature. I don’t have real steady hands and the “no shake” feature on my camera is automatically configured in the “Easy” mode. This makes taking crisp pictures real easy. If your camera doesn’t feature the “no shake” mode, you should prop your camera on a solid base or pick up a mini tripod. Camera tripods are only a couple of dollars and available just about everywhere.
Lighting is also important, so be sure to take your pictures in a spot which is well lighted. Watch out for shadows, too. Keep your lighting coming more from a side angle, rather than at you or straight above your shot. Lighting coming from an angle will reduce the probability of your shot casting a shadow on your shot.
I hope this helps solve blurry and dark photos for those of you who upload to the internet. I’m sure you will be happier knowing your pictures will be better quality for your viewers. Your viewers will definitely appreciate the better quality. Good luck and have fun.