|Thu Apr 12 2012 12:35:11|
Can Instagram Give Your eBay Photos a Boost?
By: Julia Wilkinson
When news broke out that Facebook was buying photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion, I'd already just discovered the magic of this app from some real industry experts: my teenaged kids.
We were on vacation and taking a lot of pictures with our iPhones. In addition to my son subjecting us to many photos distorting our faces and bodies created in the CamWow app, my daughter showed me how to tweak the light in a photo to make it much more flattering with this cool new app called Instagram.
Naturally, this got me thinking about how I might use it to make my eBay pictures look better. If Instagram could make me look less fat, or filter out a few wrinkles, what could it do for the products I'm selling...which often depend quite a bit on how photogenic they are (or not) in my pictures?
Let's take a look at one example: a perfume bottle I shot on a white damask tablecloth background. Here we have to worry about the yellows of the perfume, reflections, whether the light looks natural or artificial, contrasts, and so on. Here's the original pic.
Now here it is with the Instagram "Rise" filter, which lightens everything up (please note only part of the perfume bottle is showing here):
And here with the Instagram "Hudson" filter, which gives everything a nice, cool, bluish look.
Is this an improvement over the original photo? Well, that may be a source of debate. But the point is, you can create several different moods and effects with Instagram that could enhance your eBay photos.
I still need to play with it more, but would like to hear others' opinions on how they might use this app, or not, to enhance their online selling photos. And are there ways they can use the Instagram -- and, possibly, Facebook communities, in the future, to share photos of things they are selling? (Ideally, without being obnoxious?). What are your thoughts on how Instagram might dovetail with your online selling, or not? Post a comment here.