Give Your Online Buyers Confidence

Selling on eBay

A picture is worth 1000 bids. Welllllll, that may be an exaggeration, but there’s no better way to inspire your online bidders’ confidence than photos – lots of them. Take lots of pictures from lots of angles. The more photos, the more bids you’ll receive. If your item has cosmetic flaws, be upfront about them in your item description and in …

Affiliate Program: Help Us Spread the Lightscoop Love

Red Eye Comparison

Today, we’re officially launching our Lightscoop Affiliate Program, open to everyone interested in improving indoor flash photography – and earning a 15 percent commission on each Lightscoop you help us sell! The program is super easy. Just head over to Affiliates, have a quick read, then follow the steps to sign up. Here’s a fun sample of the awesome banners …

I’m Ready for My Close-up

People pictures. Portraits. When it comes right down to it, most of the photos in your scrapbook are of your family and friends. Want a sensational scrapbook? Make sensational portraits. Here are two tips from the pros: Tip One: Avoid direct flash and the ugly shadows and bleached-out faces it causes. Instead, bounce the light from your built-in flash to …

Delicious Details

One scrapbooking secret applies equally to great photographs: Beauty is in the details. Those artful borders, witty quotes and hip little embellishments add personality to what otherwise might just be pieces of paper. Photographs of life’s little details will brighten your book and your memory in years to come – a close-up of your child’s chubby fingers fitting a piece into …

I Can’t Believe My Eyes

When shooting indoors, have you ever looked at the screen on the back of the camera and been shocked to see how the picture you just took looks nothing like the scene in front of you – especially when using the built-in flash? And then, when you turn off the flash and try to shoot in natural light, you see blurs …

Clear Your Background

Nothing makes it harder to see an item than a cluttered background. Clear it out, clean it up and create a showcase. Separate your sale item from those of your competitors with a nice backdrop of some kind. No need to invest in anything fancy. Bed sheets and tablecloths make great makeshift backdrops, provided they’ve been ironed first. Alternatively, place …

Presentation Matters

If you’re selling a collection of things, remember that a photo of nicely arranged objects is more appealing than a pile of stuff. A collection of coy dolls, for example, lends itself to a lovely line-up. A pile of golf clubs is better shot laid out in a neat line rather than jumbled in a bag. Leave some breathing room …

Create Nice Light

There are so many creative ways to use light in your photographs – of objects as well as of people. Until now, your built-in flash has never been one of them. Direct flash is unnatural and unflattering even for inanimate objects – which is saying a lot. Fortunately, the built-in flash in your dSLR or advanced compact camera is no …