Take Better Photos of Your Used Gear and Sell It Faster

Advice on Selling Camera Gear
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Gear Focus

Oct 7, 2021

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Selling your camera gear effectively involves many factors. A great marketplace, quality items, and high quality photos. Here are our tips to create a quick and easy setup to show off your gear.


The good news is that taking high quality pictures does not require an expensive setup and you can use things around your house or items from the dollar store.
  • Flat surface
  • Soft light (window)
  • Background
  • Camera


A nice, clean flat surface is an obvious one in order to take pictures of your camera gear. But it can also just be used as your background as well. A light colored wooden desk, a marble kitchen countertop or a craft cutting mat all work amazing as photo backdrops to photograph your gear on. Just take the pictures from an above angle as to not show any of the surrounding areas because that could distract the buyer from the gear you are selling.


It's good to avoid harsh lighting because you want to show off all of the details of your item. So a large but soft light source is the ticket, such as a photography softbox or even easier a large window next to your flat surface. It really is as easy as that.


If you do not mind an extra step than a piece of white posterboard will serve as a great backdrop. In the Gear Focus video a piece of posterboard was taped to the desk and a vertical surface so that it created a slight bend in the paper. The purpose of this technique is to create a seamless, soft background to compliment our soft window light. This will draw all eyes on the camera gear that is being sold.


An expensive DSLR is not needed to take your product photos. Smartphones will do great in most cases and especially when following the above steps. Phone cameras usually do quite well with closeup to semi-macro photography as well so do not be afraid to get in close to your subject and really show off those details.


The final steps in order to sell your used camera gear quickly and at a great price is to upload the photos to Gear Focus, write a description, and let the marketplace do it's job!   [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05P-8mD-SR4&t=39s[/embed]

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