How To Add Free Pictures To eBay
Most people think eBay auction pictures and photos are difficult to master. This is just false. The problem is eBay and the other image hosting companies make it seem harder than it is because they want your money.
Free eBay Picture Hosting Is Easy
In this essay on eBay photos, I will introduce some tools for creating sharper images on eBay. You'll need to learn how to use each of these tools, but none of them are hard to use. It just seems that way because you haven't started yet.
In just a short amount of time, you will be able to create quality eBay images, and host them yourself for free.
First of all, you need a digital camera. A web cam will work, but a real camera is better.
A web cam is a small camera that plugs directly into your computer. You've probably seen these, they look like golf balls and produce acceptable auction pictures. The picture quality is not great, but they take little time to learn and are really cheap.
You should be able to find a web cam for less than $20.
If you are serious about eBay, you will need better photos. You can only get these better quality images with a real digital camera.
The good news is digital cameras have really dropped in price. You should be able to get a good quality digital camera to take your eBay pictures for between $150 and 225 dollars.
Look for a camera with at least 1.3 megapixels, and a bunch of different settings. I use the macro setting on my camera to take close up images for my eBay pictures. I also use the lighting settings to turn off the flash and still get well lit photos.
I use a Nikon Coolpix that was only $125 at BestBuy with the bigger card. The Coolpix doesn't have a socket to plug a wall adapter in, so I buy large packages of AA batteries. This keeps me from stepping on the dnagling cord which is how I broke the last camera.
In addition to a camera, you will need a photo editing program. The editing program is used to optimize your images for the web.
A free program recommended by readers is IFranView.
You'll also need an FTP program. I use WS/FTP Lite. You can find an FTP program on any of the download sites. Most of these used to be free for non commercial use, but now most suppliers will charge you $20-30 dollars for one.
Some ISPs will provide you with a FTP program along with free server space. AOL no longer allows users to host ebay pictures on the free webspace they provide.
You will also need some server space to host your eBay images.
Most ISPs will provide you with enough space for your eBay image needs. If your ISP doesn't provide you with webspace, you'll need to register a domain and rent some server space on the web. A domain name costs about $8.00 a year, and server space will run you about $5.00 a month.
If you do more than 10 auctions a month, using your own domain with it's server space to host free eBay images will cost you less than what you'd pay eBay. Plus you will have more control over your auction photos, and should get higher bids.
In the next installment, I show you how to use all these tools to create fantastic eBay pictures.
The next installment was so big I compiled it into a free report called eBay Images Made Easy. You can download it free from that link.
Another installment is 23 Tips For Taking Better eBay Pictures
See also: Profiting From eBay Images With A Blog
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