Ready for our next topic? Here’s #5…
A Picture Is Worth 1,000 opinionated words…
You know that old phrase, a picture is worth a
thousand words, right?
Well, in online selling, it’s a bit more
complicated than that.
See, it’s definitely true that a very good
picture conveys a whole bunch of important
things about you, and your item. Including,
1. That you are a professional at what you
2. That the item is fantastic, because a
fantastic picture helps show off the good
qualities of the item.
3. That you have a commitment to high
quality, in both your photography, and
Are these traits important to convey? Of
But it’s even more important than that to
use good pictures.
Have you ever heard of the Halo Principle?
It is an error in judgement that we all make.
We generalize. And if we see some element of
a ‘thing’ that is really amazing, we tend to
think the whole thing will be amazing. We
place a halo on that item, and despite
information to the contrary – in our eyes,
it’s amazing. Your customers do this each and
every day – and they do it when looking at
your products, and your business.
Of course, they won’t tell you this, it’s all
unspoken. It’s just part of your overall
‘good work’. So it’s easy to lump every part
of your selling together and say, “I’m good at
this”. And not realize the critical part
But there is another side of the coin. The dark
What are the results of using bad photography in
your listing? Well, here are a few:
1. Customers think you’re an amatuer.
2. Customers think you have low standards of
3. Customers think you have a dirty house, and
that you probably smoke, or have 72 cats
wandering around in your sewing room. And they’re
allergic of course, so if they buy your item
they’ll probably have to go to the emergency room.
While there they could get a super germ infection
and die – all because they decided to take a
chance and buy your outfit.
Are they interested in any of that?
NO WAY! Too risky.
See where I’m going with this?
The generalizations go the other way too. People
tend to demonize, or disrespect a seller unfairly,
based on just a few small issues or elements,
photography is definitely one of them.
So what should you do if you fear your pictures
aren’t up to the level of quality that your
customers will respect?
It’s pretty simple. You need to invest in a good
I know, I know, you’re trying to make money, not
spend it, right? But in this case, you really
cannot afford to operate without a good camera.
We outline our specific recommendation for which
camera to purchase on the partners site. Look
under the ‘photography’ section on both the
partner content tab, and premium partner content
The short answer is – you need a Digital SLR,
with a specific type of lens, called a portrait
lens. Not a point and shoot camera. If you’re
struggling with the quality of your pictures,
and you’re using a point and shoot camera. You
probably think you just don’t know how to use it.
The truth is – the lens used in a point and shoot
camera will not do the kind of pictures that you
need to sell online.
Bottomline – A picture really is worth a thousand
opinionated words. Make sure they are great.
Now go take a good picture,
Jason & Cinnamon