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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Girl's Dress Pictures - The Challenges

So one day you decide you want to sell Dresses. May be just to get sell some that your daughter has out grown on eBay. Since you already have an eBay account, it should be easy. Right?

No, there is some challenges. The biggest one being getting taking and displaying photos. I sold for a while on eBay and it was a good learning experience. I may start selling some items that are orphans (one left of a style and it's no longer produced).

What I have learned from selling on eBay and Elitedressses.com:
  1. Multiple pictures are important. On Girl's Dresses I usually have 5 pictures. The front, back, bow on the back, belt on the front, and picture of the shoulder. There are never to many pictures! And on Elitedressses.com they can click on the small picture (thumbnail), and see a larger picture!
  2. Using a mannequin helps. Putting the dress on a hanger so it's flat does not capture how it looks. A real model is the best, but that's a bit expensive. I saw a professional kids clothes shoot in Peace Park in San Pedro - expensive! They had an RV, the kids, parents, photographer, assistants, etc. My guess a couple hundred of dollars for each hour. And then watching them trying to get the kids to smile and look natural. Think of the poor photographer at Sears with your little princess.
  3. A colored background adds something.
  4. Props are nice when you get professional.
  5. Having the right camera helps to capture the correct color.
  6. Color, color, and color. I am stating to dislike color. Lighting can affect the photo of your dress and show the wrong color. Different computer screens show color differently. If needed, use photoshop as needed to adjust for the right color.
  7. I don't even want to talk about reflections. Some dresses are so shiny it's hard to take pictures. I am still working on this!
  8. Backgrounds - yes! Colored sheets work great. Or you can go buy some professional ones.
The sage dress turned out well in this photo.

Girl's beautiful light green sleeveless formal dress
Girl's beautiful sage sleeveless formal dress
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Girl's beautiful sage sleeveless formal dress. The dress features a light green satin top and light green chiffon skirts.

Nice picture, but no head :-) There are rules for taking headless photos per a photographer I met, but I don't know them yet :-)
Girl's beautiful Peach and White sleeveless formal dress
Girl's beautiful Peach and White sleeveless formal dress
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The dress features Peach Satin Top and White Organza Skirt. Peach satin ribbon in back to create a beautiful bow. Three large flowers of peach and white organza in front.

Super clear picture and since my dummy is a mannequin that's why I went for my headless one.
Boy's Blue Traditional Chinese Pants Set
Boy's Chinese Blue Traditional Costume Pants Set
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Boy's Blue Traditional Chinese Pants Set with frog buttons (embroidered), mandarin collar, dragon brocade, golden edging, and includes a hat with a pigtail!

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