How To Photograph Cameras You Want To Sell

Photos are essential when you're selling your photography equipment online so here's a guide on how you can capture sale-ready shots at home.

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Still life table and ring flash

 

If you have photography equipment you no longer need/want, you can make a few quid back by selling on your second-hand gear. 

You can do this yourself, privately, on auction sites, through second-hand dealers or even on Facebook but no matter the method, you're going to need some photos of what you have to sell. Of course, capturing the best photos you can will mean potential buyers will get a better understanding of what they're buying and as a result, will be more likely to part with their cash. If you're capturing the photos to send to a second-hand dealer who, in return, will send you a quote, again, capturing your camera/lens in its best light will only help you secure more cash. 

You can use a studio set-up if you have one, but for those of you who don't, a well-lit area and a simple white, clean background will do the trick. 


 

The Set-Up

If you have a still-life table, dust it off as they're great for product photography. If you have a ring light - even better, as these are great for bringing out detail and evenly lighting products. In fact, we use a ring light and still life table for our review product shots. 

 

Still life table and ring flash

 

Windows & Walls

For those who don't have one, you can use a regular table and a plain wall or use a window and white paper/card to create your background/infinity curve. If you're not using window light, you're going to need a light source to evenly lit your product and a couple of household lamps either side of your camera/lens will work fine so long as the light is diffused. You may need to play around with the camera's white balance settings but generally, AWB does a good job nowadays so it may not be needed. 

 

Lighting

Window light is the easiest to work with and if you use white paper, it will diffuse the light as it shines through it. 1 long roll will work better, creating an infinity curve, but if you don't have this to hand, just position a few sheets of paper together. 

Don't worry too much about blown out whites as this is the look you're going for and ensure a small aperture is selected so you don't lose any detail.

 

Panasonic Lumix GX7

 

Angles & Detail 

As for angles, photograph the product from all sides and don't forget details such as the battery, charger and any other accessories supplied. If you have the instruction manual, photograph this and do the same with the box - if you kept it. A photo of the original receipt also proves it's not a grey import and came from a reputable seller. It can also prove its age and original price. 

Opening and photographing the battery compartment etc. is also a good idea and if the screen articulates, photograph it at multiple angles. If you can, use a macro lens to show that lenses don't have scratches but if your product does have wear-and-tear, don't hide it as your buyer will only be disappointed when the product arrives if you do. 

It may seem obvious but make sure your camera/lens is clean before you photograph it, too, as dust and smudges aren't very attractive! 

Panasonic GX7

 

Photoshop Magic

If you need to, you can adjust Levels, Brightness, Contrast and do a bit of cropping in Photoshop to perfect your images but you may find you don't need to. 

Once you're happy, save your photos and you can upload them to wherever you're selling them. 

 

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