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Taking Great Pictures for eBay Auctions and Online Selling Paperback – June 20, 2004

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This is a fantastic book! Every seller on ebay should have it!

Great book. I am already taking better pictures.

Excellent book, it answered many questions and will save me a bundle! Thanks!

--Feedback from eBay Sellers, ebay.com

Buy this book! Best info on taking e-bay pictures out there. Thanks so much....

The book is EXCELLENT! Lot's of info in plain english!

An eBay essential

--eBay sellers' comments, ebay.com

Great book! Easy to read and use. Full of great info.

Lots of information. You NEED this.

Informative AND fun to read

--more eBay sellers' feedback, ebay.com

About the Author

When Rod and a few friends started BuyArtisans (to sell the work of fine artisans), they thought it would be easy to learn how to photograph the work of their artisans and create images that worked online. They thought there would be lots of good books and web sites to tell them what to do.

There weren't!

Rod is not a professional photographer and he was certainly not an expert on managing digital images. As he worked, he kept a collection of notes on what worked and what didn't. Lighting, digital cameras, backgrounds. How to work with images on the computer. How to make compelling little thumbnail images. How to select and buy a good used digital camera. Eventually, these notes became a handbook and the handbook became a book that is now in its fourth revision.

Rod believes that anyone can take great pictures for selling online, and he wrote the book to show others how.

Rod bought his first Nikon camera in 1976 to photograph the natural beauty of the Marshall Islands. He has been an avid amateur photographer ever since. Today, he focuses on digital photography for the Internet.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: BuyArtisans (June 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974281700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974281704
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,257,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John J. Ahlf on November 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
As I read this book, I felt like the author and I were having a conversation. Unlike most photography books which are full of technical mumbo-jumbo, this one was easy to understand and fun to read. I was worried that I would have to spend a lot to take good pictures, but I bought a used camera and discovered that was all the equipment I needed!

Using this book, I can now create eye-catching images. I learned how to use my digital camera and how to work with the pictures, including how to create great thumbnails for eBay. Now I enjoy using my digital camera for taking pictures of everything and emailing them to my friends -- no more complaints about HUGE pictures that take forever to show up! The "Troubleshooting Guide" is great. If a picture doesn't come out right, I look there first.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to take digital pictures and use them online.
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I recieved the book today and could'nt put it down. I went out and bought supplies for my own little picture taking studio! I thoughrt i knew how to take a great picture of my item's but was i wrong. I learned so much from this informative and easy to read book.The detail is execellent and he breaks everything down for even a beginner.The best investment you'll make if you plan on selling ANYTHING online.This IS THE BOOK!
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I have a eBay store selling fashion jewelries and my customers love what we offer. Well, just like what our customers tell us, our product look even more beautiful in person, or better than pictured. That makes me wonder how I can take better pictures. I bought this book and was amazed how simple and inexpensive to set up a at-home studio and begin to take great pictures. All the great ideas that the author shared in his book are very practical and easy to follow. This is type of book that you want to read if you are looking for tips, not from a professional photographer but more like from a friend who has figured things out and willing to show you how.
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This is a user-friendly book. Written for amateurs who know the importance of placing effective photos of their products on eBay, but who don't have the time or equipment to borrow into commercial photography. Mr. March's book makes it easy to learn several techniques that are essential to putting high impact, crisp photos on eBay. For example how to focus on your product with a consumer auto-focus camera, which can be frustrating without a manual focusing ring. By my estimate 50% of all eBay auction photos are either out of focus or soft focused. Too bad they haven't heard about Rod March's book.
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This book teaches what you need to know to create interest-grabbing photos for online selling. There are many books on digital photography, but Rod's tips get right to the point. He details the steps in building an inexpensive studio to present your product in the best way and gives many simple tips that will make your photos stand out and attract higher bidders. I highly recommend this book. You will earn the cost of this book back many times over just by following his techniques.
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