Photography Tips

When it comes to listing your object on Design Consigned, simply upload a couple of smartphone images for the initial submission/approval.

Once approved for listing, most consignors opt to have the object collected, stored, professionally photographed and listed, all free of charge.

OR,  you may choose to keep the object until it sells, in which case you will need to take and upload the various images required *see checklist below . To ensure your images are ‘web worthy’, follow these simple tips:

Let there be light

Allow plenty of natural daylight to illuminate your object, avoiding direct sunlight.

Bring in extra artificial light/lamp sources if required .

Use any white material to bounce light onto the object if required.

* Note : A low-light environment will degrade your images and make it hard for others to adequately view your object.  When the lighting is poor your phone adjusts the exposure in order to let in more light. This creates a ‘noisy’, grainy photo.

Location, location, location

Make sure your object is the star by finding a plain white, grey or black background. i.e. neutral.

Please don’t accessorise or style the object in any way as this may confuse buyers or limit its appeal.

Steady wins the race

Camera shake comes from touching your camera as you set off the shutter. The good news is smart phones are resistant to shake. However if you re worried, steady your phone on a fixed surface, or make use of the timer function.

Avoid the zoom as it reduces image quality.

Zooming will decrease the quality of your photo as it actually enlarges your photo without changing the pixel resolution. Instead, crop the photo afterwards.

Smartphone photo editing

Take plenty of shots, then edit

Look at all of your shots and select the best. Make sure you upload images of all aspects, any special details,  faults or damages this will help us provide buyers with an accurate condition rating.

If you are keen, sharpen your photos using the edit features or an app

This will bring out item details that buyers are probably eager to see. There are plenty of editing apps available for smartphones. We like Snapseed – it has other handy tools and is free for both iOS and Android users.

Check the colour is accurate.

Don’t go overboard, but a little enhancement can help. Its very important the colour is as true to life as possible.

Rotate and crop

Have you caught the edge of a curtain or rug? Cropping or rotating will allow you to tweak your photo to create just the right composition.

Photo checklist

Your smartphone images are the right size for uploading. If you have a choice, set it for square capture and upload the largest image version.  Larger files mean that a potential buyer can click on your photo and see a bigger version. If using a digital camera, make sure images are between 2 MB – 8 MB in size.