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Chapter 9. Macro Photography >  Close-ups for Online Auctions

Close-ups for Online Auctions

Judging from the flood of questions I’ve received from readers wanting to know how to take pictures for their eBay auctions, this brand of close-up photography has to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the macro universe. My whole family has the auction bug, too, so I’ve been called on to solve photographic problems for them a few hundred times also. Most of the time the solutions are easy (until I was recently asked to photograph a totally transparent plastic two-piece “ghost” candy mold in a realistic and exciting way), so I’ll pass along some tips here.

The most common question I receive about auction photography is what resolution is required for good product close-ups. My stock answer is that because your auction pictures are unlikely to be displayed at anything larger than about 600 × 400 pixels, it’s tempting to consider buying a relatively low-resolution digital camera for eBay close-ups. That’s false economy for a number of reasons:


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