Phone or Digital Camera?

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Out of curiosity, do you take most of your pictures with your cell phone or with a digital camera?

We use a digital camera mostly for our eBay photos, but all other photos are taken with our phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I guess it depends. for ebay I guess regular shots would be OK but if I were to have an ecommerce site or sell on amazon I would take more professional pics. There are many tutorials on youtube. also the cooking site pinch of yum has a product where they teach you how to take great food pics. I would imagine this could be used for non food products as well

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    • Profile picture of the author MichaelQuinn
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      I guess it depends. for ebay I guess regular shots would be OK but if I were to have an ecommerce site or sell on amazon I would take more professional pics. There are many tutorials on youtube. also the cooking site pinch of yum has a product where they teach you how to take great food pics. I would imagine this could be used for non food products as well

      al
      I agree, the more professional the pictures look the more likely they are to convert a "looker" into a buyer. The quality of the pictures is usually one of the first things that catches my eye even if I don't necessarily think about it.
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      • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
        Originally Posted by MichaelQuinn View Post

        I agree, the more professional the pictures look the more likely they are to convert a "looker" into a buyer. The quality of the pictures is usually one of the first things that catches my eye even if I don't necessarily think about it.
        I'd have to agree with you. When I'm looking at pics on eBay or online merchants, the little things matter. A good picture at least shows you they pay attention to detail and really care about their products and services. They say a picture can speak 1,000 words. That is true.
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  • Profile picture of the author pramodtapu
    We take most of our Pictures with our Cell phone
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    I use a smart phone for the pictures on Ebay. They are actually better quality photos then my digital camera.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

      I use a smart phone for the pictures on Ebay. They are actually better quality photos then my digital camera.
      What type of Smart Phone do you use? And, do you create your eBay listings right from your cell phone as well, or do you transfer your cell phone photos to your computer?
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      • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
        Originally Posted by chuckholmes View Post

        What type of Smart Phone do you use? And, do you create your eBay listings right from your cell phone as well, or do you transfer your cell phone photos to your computer?
        I use a Samsung Galaxy 6, usually transfer them straight from phone to Ebay.

        On a side note - I do use a light box since reading a thread in the Warrior Path, about selling on E-bay. Hope that helps!
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        • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
          Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

          I use a Samsung Galaxy 6, usually transfer them straight from phone to Ebay.

          On a side note - I do use a light box since reading a thread in the Warrior Path, about selling on E-bay. Hope that helps!
          It helps a lot. I'm not very techie, so I don't even know how to transfer images from my smart phone to my computer. I'll look into that. It seems like it would be a lot faster just to take pics with your phone and upload them immediately to eBay: one less step in the process.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmosticc22
    For eBay you can definitely get away with just pictures from a phone, for an eCommerce website I would use a nice digital camera with the proper setup. I am a believer in that high quality pictures helps with conversion rates.
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
    I think social media photos are fine with a cell phone. My colleagues and I prefer using a higher quality camera for website photos though. Cell phones take great photos, but you can still tell the difference. Having said that, a professional can optimize cell phone settings and use photoshop to convince the masses. You can fake resolution though, especially if you want to doing any zooming.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oziboomer
    We use a combo including constructing 3D renders of products but phone is definitely quicker and you can combine some well lit shots on your phone with a neat bit of kit called remove.bg and you can get a pretty good image fast on a white background.

    Remove is getting better and better and so are phone cameras so if you are pressed for time it is quite a quick workflow.

    Best regards,

    Ozi
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I use my smart phone for everything including making daily videos on you tube.

    If your phone can't make money it's a 'dumb' phone.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by Rory Singh View Post

      I use my smart phone for everything including making daily videos on you tube.

      If your phone can't make money it's a 'dumb' phone.
      Best quote ever! My cell phone makes me money in some ways, but I definitely need to expand my horizons and learn more. Thanks for the quote.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    To my surprise, my iPad 2017 is putting out much better pictures than a 4K Sony Camcorder, which appears to dislike all forms of natural light, softboxes and LED panels, regardless of settings.

    Maybe I shouldn't have banked on a camcorder being any use for pictures indoors, though I didn't think that expectation was too high for a £800 piece of kit.

    My iPhone is only used on the golf course when I predict a hole-in-one. Pending.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

      To my surprise, my iPad 2017 is putting out much better pictures than a 4K Sony Camcorder, which appears to dislike all forms of natural light, softboxes and LED panels, regardless of settings.

      Maybe I shouldn't have banked on a camcorder being any use for pictures indoors, though I didn't think that expectation was too high for a £800 piece of kit.

      My iPhone is only used on the golf course when I predict a hole-in-one. Pending.
      I'm sending good vibes your way for a hole in one in the very near immediate future.
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  • Profile picture of the author naviown
    A DSLR camera can never be outperformed. For a website or a big sized flyer, you need more pixels, and a DSLR will deliver that. An iPhone xs or Samsung s10+ does take excellent photos no doubt.

    But if you want to come out as a professional and sell more "wow" you ought to hire someone to take good photos with their high-end gear.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by naviown View Post

      A DSLR camera can never be outperformed. For a website or a big sized flyer, you need more pixels, and a DSLR will deliver that. An iPhone xs or Samsung s10+ does take excellent photos no doubt.

      But if you want to come out as a professional and sell more "wow" you ought to hire someone to take good photos with their high-end gear.
      Thanks for the tips. I have very little knowledge about cameras, but I'm going to educate myself on DSLR cameras and see if I can find one that would work well for our eBay business. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by naviown View Post


      But if you want to come out as a professional and sell more "wow" you ought to hire someone to take good photos with their high-end gear.
      He is selling on Ebay a market that people are looking for the best deals. By the time he pays someone he most likely will loose money. Considering the Ebay fees and shipping and handling. A high end DSLR would be a waste of money to take pictures. If you know nothing about Ebay read the thread in the Path Section about it, Savidge can make a living off Ebay and tells you most pictures on Ebay are done by people who don't spent a lot of effort on decent photos.
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      • Profile picture of the author naviown
        Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

        He is selling on Ebay a market that people are looking for the best deals. By the time he pays someone he most likely will loose money. Considering the Ebay fees and shipping and handling. A high end DSLR would be a waste of money to take pictures. If you know nothing about Ebay read the thread in the Path Section about it, Savidge can make a living off Ebay and tells you most pictures on Ebay are done by people who don't spent a lot of effort on decent photos.
        Agreed, but I was only suggesting if that could be an option. And it is not required to get a high end gear, you could do fine with entry level dlsrs too. But hey smartphone can do that and much more. I agree.
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  • Profile picture of the author rkahn
    Smartphone, definitely smartphone. Considering how easy it is to set them up to capture amazing pictures and video content, and add to it some of the newest improvements in smartphone camera capabilities, I can say that the trend of using smartphones for capturing amazing pictures and videos will continue to rise whereas digital camera use will continue to decline.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    I appreciate everyone's insights. I've seen some beautiful photos taken by smart phones, and some bad ones. My wife and I use a six or seven year old digital camera for our eBay photos, and she also does a few on her smart phone. They look fine to me, but they are by no means magazine quality.

    In today's world, I rarely, if ever, see anyone using a digital camera. Most people just use their phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author peterjohn8019
    Digital Camera
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  • Profile picture of the author tripples
    Digital camera is the best, be more professional than the rest
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  • Profile picture of the author markmiller24x7
    Digital camera is a better option, although these days Mobile phone camera are also capable of taking some stunning pics, but for that, you need to have a high-end phone which really gonna cost you a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Garner
    I think a phone can do almost anything that a digital camera would do..
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