I’ve been online house hunting and shopping for furniture in the Facebook marketplace lately, so I’ve had plenty of opportunity to see some awful, unappealing photos.
The ubiquity of smartphones has made photography soooooo easy, so it just blows my mind when people take weird, low-light photos with like, empty Mountain Dew bottles in the background.
Presentation goes such a long way, no matter what you’re selling or advertising. I would much rather buy a chair from someone that has good, well-lit pictures from multiple angles, than someone who took one blurry photo in a garage (SURPRISINGLY COMMON).
Form = content, the medium is the message, etc. etc. It’s all true! The product from these two sellers might be exactly the same, but good photos give me an impression of someone who knows what they’re talking about and takes pride in what they offer.
In my anxious brain, there is a very real possibility that someone will hunt me down for saying their love seat looks like it came from the basement of a frat house where all the brothers owned ferrets. I’ve taken my own photos to illustrate my point, so I don’t have to shame the Facebook marketplace.
Which Kiss would you rather have? Both of those photos were taken on an iPhone, one just took a hair of extra time.
(If you want to know exactly how I take and edit my photos, check out my smartphone product photography guide.)
It’s so worth it to take good photos. Hire a professional if you have to! A little effort goes a long way, even if you’re just selling a futon on Craigslist.
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