Item Photography Guide

 

 

 

How to Take Sellable Photos of your Items:
BNO's Item Photography Guide

 

 

The photos you provide of your item create the first impression for potential buyers  Be sure to use a quality digital camera or the ideal settings on your smartphone in order to get the best representation of your item.  Omit any that are grainy, blurry, or have obstructions.  

The best photos are the ones taken in natural light, so be sure to omit pictures that are too dark or suffer from being too bright from a flash.  

Here are some specific tips for taking photos for each one of our categories.

 


Cars

Real Estate

Art & Collectibles

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Photographing Your Car to Sell

 

  1. Make sure your car is clean before you photograph it.

  2. Take photos of your vehicle showing three wheels to showcase the vehicle’s front and back. It can also be used when photographing the sides.

  3. Take 15-20 photos, with a good selection of interior and exterior shots. Also be sure to include photos of the vehicle’s interesting features such as distinctive taillights or a custom grille. Also include photos of the following:

    1. VIN

    2. Odometer

    3. Engine

    4. Seats

    5. Tires

  4. Choose a simple location that does not distract from the car’s details.

  5. Lighting. The best time to photograph your vehicle is a few minutes after sunset or a few minutes after sunrise. The lighting is ideal at this hour because it can give your vehicle a warm, natural glow.

  6. When photographing your car, watch out for your reflection. Using a polarizing filter on your camera will also help avoid reflections.

  7. Be Accurate. It’s tempting to avoid photographing your car’s flaws, but they will be revealed when a prospective buyer comes to inspect the vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

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Art & Collectibles

BNO wants all of its buyers to have as much information as they need in order to commit to a bid while also giving sellers the widest range of potential buyers available to them.  Following these photography tips can accomplish both and give a satisfying experience to everyone involved.  

There are many variables in taking pictures of your Art & Collectibles offer, depending on what your artwork, or collectible is.

  • Try to take a clear photo in natural light, but here are some specific tips for specific items. 
  • For paintings and other artwork, not only take a photo of the piece but a close-up of the artist's signature. 
  • If the art piece or collectible is authenticized, take a photo of the certification. 
  • For sculptures and collectibles, be sure to take pictures from all angles. 
  • If there are any wear-and-tear or cracks, make note of them and offer photos of the imperfections.  
     

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Real Estate

Taking the best photos of your residential or commercial property is key in order to gain more potential buyers. 

  • First, try to take your exterior shots of the property during a nice, sunny day in order for the buyer to see the details from a distance. 
  • Take multiple angles of the exterior in the front, back, and sides of the property. 
  • If the property has a front yard, back yard, garden, or other acreage, be sure to take photos of that as well. 
  • When it comes to the indoors, take a picture of every room's interior, closets, hallways, attic, parking areas, garages, basement, floors/carpet, and all other interior spaces. 
  • For these interior shots, turn on every light in the room and avoid shadows so the entire room can be seen. 
  • When taking any of these photos, avoid extreme close-ups so that the buyer has a sense of scale.
  • Some extra photos you may want to include would be photos of certain items your property has such as fireplace, elevator, and other like features. 
  • If your property has any flaws, note them honestly and take a photo that potential buyers can reference upon request.

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