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Here's some tips and tricks on how to take the best quality pictures for your ebay listings! Pictures are the most important aspect to creating a good listing on ebay. Follow these tips and you will get more sales! http://www.ralliroots.com/ 1. Use a good background 2. Use good lighting 3. Use a good camera 4. Take pictures of any flaws on the items 5. Flat lay, mannequin or model your clothing Hope this video helps out! Click below for some of the equipment we like to use. RIng Light(currently sold out): https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Camera-Photo-Video-Fluorescent/dp/B00O1UCE5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495761447&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=ring+light&psc=1 Canon T5i: https://www.amazon.com/Canon-EOS-Rebel-EF-S-18-55/dp/B00BW6LWO4/ref=sr_1_3?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1495761516&sr=1-3&keywords=canon+t5i Pancake lens: https://www.amazon.com/Canon-EF-S-24mm-2-8-Lens/dp/B00NI3BZ5K/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1495761542&sr=1-1&keywords=canon+pancake+lens ●Music Provided By Bass Rebels ●System Six - Voice Of Soul (Invaders Of Nine Remix) ●Song/Free Download - https://youtu.be/ZpJr1jkAvOE ●iTunes - https://itun.es/i67S85h ●Spotify - http://sptfy.com/2CUH -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "eBay Scam Update - PROBLEM SOLVED?? + Fan Mail! " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8ZzlYm6B70 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Theresa Gross (1 year ago)
Wow, another great Ralli Roots Video. Question for you, I personally have those big umbrella lights and a Galaxy Note 5 for my picture's could you maybe explain more about the ring lights? I noticed that you have fantastic lighting, is that all you use and how many ring lights do you use? I currently have 2 umbrella lights with the big (I think) Cowboy lights. Would you suggest 2 ring lights? Thanks, again so much! You Guy's Rock!
Kelly (6 months ago)
Parkers iPad yes you do get an increase on the Cassini jump with 12 photos. Sometimes it can hard just take at different angels up close corner shots up against the white boards from DOL general or dollar tree sometimes has them for a dollar and I use to bed pillows for the sides extreme white pillow cases👍👍👍💞Hope that helps you for the sweet Ralli Roots couple are in Vegas at eBay Open 2018 figured I’d help them out. The are so good together their personalities Rock! And then the fists! Lol
StinkyShortz (6 months ago)
Ree-Ree Marie really?
Ree-Ree Marie (6 months ago)
toot tall True, however I have heard that you get a boost in search by using all 12 photos
toot tall (1 year ago)
you don't need 12 photos of everything. Say a coin... not that many shots you can do.
toot tall (1 year ago)
I use a 400 dollar pocket canon cameras that I only paid 15 for on ebay, new in the box with extra extras.
Mike Reno (1 day ago)
I spent the entire video trying to see if this chick had bottom teeth or not.
craig roberts (4 days ago)
Hey Thanks: You guys so cute together you need a TV show.
RALLI ROOTS (4 days ago)
we'd totally do one :)
Richard Pedro (12 days ago)
Thank You! You both rock!
RAC Attack (13 days ago)
Great Info....Did you research LED vs Fluorescent Ring Lights? Just curious why you decided on Fluorescent. Thanks....
Goon_Kidd (25 days ago)
you guys have been awesome ....really helping me out by teaching me all this ...great work i wish u well!
Sandy Stehly (28 days ago)
This is very helpful! I'm thinking about getting in to reselling but don't have a bunch of extra money to spend. I have a good phone and i can get a white sheet but i might have to invest in a ring light! Thanks guys, you are the best!
Joel Davis (1 month ago)
Wow! Very cringeworthy couple!
RALLI ROOTS (1 month ago)
lol, so don't watch homie
Love you guys, watch y'all all the time on here. Im a noob to reselling, and couldnt figure how to get lighting right because the all seem to have a blueish haze, so i googled how to take pix and lighting etc, and y'all popped up, thought it was great. Ty for your content 🤩
The Vintage Vegan (1 month ago)
Thanks for the tips!
AJ Meshuggah (1 month ago)
Just the right length of the video with almost all imp. aspects included. Ta
Richard M (1 month ago)
Do you take pictures using the wood pallets as a background or a white background?
Chaun D (1 month ago)
Hey guys, what type of background do you feel works best for reselling apparel? Item isolated on all white background, solid colour background (like the cement floor) or a texture (ex. Wood, brick, etc)? Thanks.
RALLI ROOTS (1 month ago)
according to ebay/google they want a white background, so that is what we use
John T. Smith (2 months ago)
If you had one more tattoo I don't think I'd be able to see you
RALLI ROOTS (2 months ago)
John T. Smith 🙄
Miss desire Independance (2 months ago)
Do you put the items on the ground or do you prop them on a table.
Miss desire Independance (2 months ago)
The inside of my home is very dark even with lights on. I will try those ring lights.
what's the best size on your dslr pics guys? ie `Jpeg small??? thanks
Faisal Anwar (2 months ago)
How can i find you guys on ebay?
RALLI ROOTS (2 months ago)
the store we share openly is https://www.ebay.com/str/thehiplion
Steve Bomgaars (2 months ago)
Do you guys use photoshop for your pictures before putting it on ebay? Thanks for the vid
Luther Hitt (3 months ago)
You Folks make this subject FUN !
Keith Caverly (3 months ago)
Love the video as usual great work Thanks from Ireland
Rex Erection (3 months ago)
What kind of bulldogs are those? I've never seen a British or American bulldog look like that. Maybe there's another kind of bulldog I'm unaware of?
Bubbly Waters (4 months ago)
Do you guys have a video of what the item looks like after taking pictures by pallets?
Sharkiri (4 months ago)
Using a camera like the dslr canon, do you run into problems with file size? because ebay has a max MB per photo.
Panda Power (4 months ago)
You guys are adorable, reminds me of how my bf and I act together as a couple, we're pretty cheesy too lol and we're definitely a power couple
Benjamin Ross (5 months ago)
Could you talk about how you got your warehouse space and pricing? By sq ft or how to find a good space
Gabriel and Dominique (5 months ago)
I love your ear rings, Allie. Can I buy them? :)
MJ (5 months ago)
I used my camera to take pictures for eBay, and the pictures got compressed by eBay, making them look like shit. I recommend using a phone
MJ (5 months ago)
I have a Fuji Film X-T2... The thumbnail looked pixelly and so did the photos on the listing, but the photos in actuality looked amazing.
RALLI ROOTS (5 months ago)
Flex Offender your camera settings must be wrong or you need to get a better camera. Using a good camera is 100% of the time better than a phone
You are my favorite couple!!
RALLI ROOTS (5 months ago)
aweeeeeeeesss!!! thank you :):):)
Oussama EL HAMDI (5 months ago)
what canon is this ?
Maverik Waldman (5 months ago)
Hey guy! I was wondering a couple things. Are you still using a ring light if so is it the exact one in the link? I’ve noticed that this one is I think like $140 as others are start at $40. Do you really recommend the more expensive one? THANKS SO MUCH!!
Victor Torres (5 months ago)
Great tips guys. I’m a new reseller just getting started
Mark Carter (6 months ago)
Hello and thanks for the great videos. Quick question for you. How do you transfer photos from your camera to your pc? Do you use a wireless setup or do just take the card out and insert into your computer? I have only used the app on my smartphone so far and want to step it up a bit.
A Google User (6 months ago)
Wow! Thanks for letting me know I can use natural sun light to take ebay photos.
Grandma Heidi (6 months ago)
Grandma Heidi Here, My question is after you take the photos, is there an easy way to get them to ebay on your computer. My pics go to google photos, then I download to computer file one at a time and edit them at that time before downloading. Then I upload to ebay all 12 pics from my computer file. Just wondering if there is an easier way. Like can I upload from google photos on my computer to ebay and skip the download to my files step. Thanks, you kids are great. God Bless you both.
Kimmy XOXO (6 months ago)
Thank you for this video. Really helped me as I am just starting out!
Kelly (6 months ago)
Great tips as always you guys Rock
vulture tribe (6 months ago)
for me...i never liked artificial lights...natural lights always give better pictures and shows real colors of the item.
Trevor Wellington (6 months ago)
Ryan McCain (7 months ago)
I have a question. Are you really as happy as you project? I can't even imagine.
Ryan McCain (7 months ago)
RALLI ROOTS that's great.
RALLI ROOTS (7 months ago)
we really are, we go through ups and downs just like everybody else but we are genuinely grateful for the lives we live
zimlu (7 months ago)
I fucking love that intro.
alexxander (7 months ago)
I was wondering how you guys took pictures when you first started. Did you always have the ring lights and a DSLR or did you take amateur pictures of the clothes like hanging on a wall or laying on your bed or something like that. I can’t afford to buy that equipment yet and I’m worried I’m not gonna get any sales unless I get the equipment. I have like 8 listings so far of just my clothes hanging on a wall with natural lighting from my window.
RALLI ROOTS (7 months ago)
we started by just taking pictures on our phones, everybody starts somewhere, it's all about little improvements, getting better every day :)
Bijou Poet (7 months ago)
Super helpful! Since I’m in beginner stage at moment, working out of my super colorful space...every garment looks Neon Dingy Dirty 😳😱. I have great camera options at my fingertips, but since walls are Cheespuff Orange and Soda Pop Lime Green...clothing and silver jewelry looks icky! So thank you for the Ring lighting advice. Will grab those white sheets as well! Thanks guys! From Bijou Poet (formally Gigi Bijou)
Dahmas Deals (8 months ago)
Do the pics have to be square? And is white background just an eBay recommendation? I'm new and struggling with photos... :( But your video is awesome!!
steph b (8 months ago)
Thanks for the tips!
ConleyStudios (8 months ago)
regular light from a lamp will not work. makes the picture look yellow. use photography lights people. window light is good but never use a regular living room lamp.
Yourcommondeals LLC (9 months ago)
You guys never fail to make my day!
RALLI ROOTS (9 months ago)
:) yay!
The powers are what make you two the most fun to watch. Just saying. Well, theres also the complete and total cool factor as well.
abnerbeebee (10 months ago)
What size is the best size when uploading to ebay? Pixel length and width?
abnerbeebee (10 months ago)
Okay. It just seems when I upload my pics they do not always seem to fit the ebay "square" very well. They are either too wide or too tall. In the ebay help center it only says that eBay requires a minimum of 500 pixels for an image's longest side. Thanks anyway. I'll just have to keep looking for the "just right " image size.
RALLI ROOTS (10 months ago)
I don't know those numbers exactly!
Monica (10 months ago)
OMG! I love your hair Alli!
RALLI ROOTS (10 months ago)
Thank you!
Keenalama (10 months ago)
Do you guys still use a ring light? I am thinking of ordering one because umbrella lights are just not giving high quality for me
mark pechac (10 months ago)
yes i understand im trying to get a per listing price that is fair this would include cleaning and prepping item researching and pricing photos and a quality listing your answer is to generic ive been selling online over 20 years great videos i watch and share time to time as i did this one thanks
RALLI ROOTS (10 months ago)
Sorry but we get hundreds of comments a day, it's difficult to try and answer a full paragraph long into a few sentences, just so much going on in our lives.
mark pechac (11 months ago)
hello my question is on finding a worker to list items along with the whole process of cleaning prepping research pricing taking photos what would the value of this person be should i pay by the listing or a hourly or salary i have no idea what to pay a person or best way to find this worker. is it even possible
RALLI ROOTS (10 months ago)
Hey Mark. Its definitely possible. There are lots of ways to decide to pay someone. I would suggest starting in what was for us the most obvious way, we pay Callie to do what we like least. But you can pay per item, ie photos or listing. Or flat salary with all of the above included.
Kelli (11 months ago)
For normal lamps and ceiling lights what type of bulbs works best for getting the needed bright light? I've seen a lot say use the Spiral "daylight" mimicking lights -I still use normal "old fashioned" light bulbs in all my lamps and my ceiling lights are those okay? or maybe LED bulbs? I saw they're becoming rather popular for normal bulb outlets(lamps/ceiling lights etc) Because right now buying a different light source isn't in the budget , so have to work with what I have at home. Oh and a tip (that I sometimes don't follow my own advice on, well not so much I don't follow it, sometimes I can't) But when you're taking pictures for anything to sell or even if your like me and Write reviews for products , when you take your pictures don't have a cluttered mess around the item! Only have the item in the shot and nothing else, Unless of course it's to point something out - like y'all stated using the coin to show imperfections - or for size reference - or the tape measure) but if it really has no need to be in the picture remove it when at all possible . And another one, If you have carpet and you don't have a great set up (Like y'all do) where you can actually put your products up off the floor - even if your carpet looks clean and stain free - use a nice plain sheet or thin blanket laid out flat (no wrinkles) on your "work area" because a camera will pick up stains in a carpet that you actually don't even see when you look at your floors! (Learned the hard way)
Dawn Britt (11 months ago)
Do y’all wash and iron the clothes you buy and resell? I’m always afraid customers will freak out if it’s not perfect. I don’t want negative feedback Thanks!
RALLI ROOTS (11 months ago)
not everything, we only wash the stuff we feel needs to be washed.
Steve Ballas (11 months ago)
Hey guys! quick question...just starting out...do you guys dry-clean the clothes before posting pictures and shipping?
RALLI ROOTS (11 months ago)
we wash a lot of them but no we do not dry clean them
Veronica Black (11 months ago)
You guys are so Amazing!!! I love your videos!! Thank you so much for posting, your tips have been very useful, and I have purchased everything to start my ebay store. I'm so nervous, watching you two really gives me confidence. Have a great Day Team Ralli Roots
RALLI ROOTS (11 months ago)
yay!! :) thank you so much! We wish you tons of success!
Karin Lefevre (11 months ago)
How do you get the pictures from the camera to the ebay listing?
Karin Lefevre (11 months ago)
Thank you!!
RALLI ROOTS (11 months ago)
SD card onto the computer then uploaded to ebay
TheJay Os (11 months ago)
Great video!
Bora Corba (11 months ago)
I've been researching into how to get paid for photos and found a great resource at Hartlyn photo pro (google it if you're interested)
Tarra Allen (11 months ago)
I wish you had posted this before I bought the stupid Umbrella lights.....sighs....oh well... ha ha....I will get the ring light. Seems easier and functional.
Jeisa Marjorie (11 months ago)
Help me a lot, thank you!'
LongIslandP8ntball (11 months ago)
U wanna laugh....years ago. Early 2000s i bought this cheap purple digital camera off ebay to use to sell stuff with. it was like 15 - 20 bucks and it was really basic....well i sold. So much stuff on ebay with pictures from that camera , it paid for itself 1000x + over lol....so when it finally died i wasnt heartbroken lol
Kelli (11 months ago)
Most professional photographers will tell you, it's not the camera that takes good or bad pictures, it is really the operator .. I've had some fantastic pictures with cheap inexpensive cameras, and some truly crappy ones with my expensive Canon Rebel... and it has to do with ME (and the lightening helps some) sometimes everything in the view finder looks spot on, but when I take the picture it's not as perfect as it looked in the view finder, it can be blurry, too dark, or what ever.. but according to most photographers it's "never the cameras fault for bad pictures".. I still don't believe that 100% because I've had some that no matter what I did indoors the pictures came out terrible, but outside they were great and I did the exact same thing in both cases so it wasn't me for a change lol
RALLI ROOTS (11 months ago)
Haha that's awesome :)
GREEN4SQUARE (1 year ago)
that blouse looks awesome, please what Brand Name . Looks like I made the right choice with the Ring Light!! Thanks
sean rourke (1 year ago)
just did first listing ,thanks, for helpful videos,now need to work on photos !
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
Noah Weir (1 year ago)
Thanks for all the info guys! Question, how do you go about measuring clothing items?
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
No worries :) we use a measuring tape and then write the measurements as a picture in the listings, usually for something like a shirt we'll do length and chest
forrealgirl 42 (1 year ago)
Thanks so much for making another good video, I love watching great tips. How do I take pictures of shoes without any props
Rhett Blackwell (1 year ago)
Wow, I literally just got finished listening to your reezy resells interview. I was looking for picture tips and clicked on your vid not realizing who you guys were. Ha!!A + content guys.
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
haha :) Reezy is good peeps. we'll have another video coming out soon on photography! Thanks for watching
Kelly Ford (1 year ago)
any camera recommendations when you can't use a phone and you can't get a fancy camera?
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
any good point and shoot camera will work.
toot tall (1 year ago)
for the flat lay, I put a clean white sheet on the bed, that seems to work okay, but the light in there is not good, so I have to bring in lights.
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
nice :)
toot tall (1 year ago)
I don't have a good place to do a hanging flat lay. Small apartment. Have tried outdoors on the clothes line, with a sheet behind it. but that's only good on calm, warmer days. The reason I use the bed is it is the one open spot... the walls either have windows or merchandise racks. I've got nearly 1000 items out of a one bedroom apartment. I could get a storage unit, but that's an expense and hassle I don't need, since I like to work at night.
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
true, this is a pretty old video, we need to do an update, we use professional photo paper and a hanging flat lay now that looks awesome ;)
toot tall (1 year ago)
the display boards that fold out on the sides make good backgrounds. I use a white trash bag underneath, or sometimes a black one and a black background, but for most things, white under it is best, with whatever color in the background where it won't reflect on the item. You want a camera that can get in close.
RealBallistic SMN (1 year ago)
Excellent. Thank you.
Greggs tools and more (1 year ago)
Great information awesome video keep it up.like your thrift videos
jonathan wamble (1 year ago)
You guys are super kawaii! My friend just told me about your channel. Thanks for the info!
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
Woohoo!! :) thank you!
seawater777 (1 year ago)
It's my first time to you channel, very helpful and cool, thanks :)!
Smith Michelle (1 year ago)
I love the great energy and sense of humor you guys have. Thanks for the great tips!
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
:) thank you so muchh!!
Kuda Mtema (1 year ago)
Thanks a ton!
Audra Conklin (1 year ago)
Great video and you guys are adorable together which made it even more enjoyable to watch.
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
:):) thank you!
jakariya khan (1 year ago)
useless video
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
lol, yeah no.
Rasta4eye (1 year ago)
So cute! Thanks for the info guys!
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
happy to help :)
Samantha (1 year ago)
Where do you find the big box items to sell on eBay?
Sandra Phillips (1 year ago)
Could you please do a video on your boxes and packaging. I know you have talk about first class shipping does that go with most packaging. The free boxes through usps are mostly priority mail boxes.
jane paul (1 year ago)
Can I only use this ring light with a camera, not a cell phone camera , do you know ?? thanks ! Susan
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
works with any camera :) its just an external light
Liz Kellogg (1 year ago)
Sugar. I should have watched this before ordering umbrella lighting. I am using a Nikon D7100 and a Galaxy S8+ The lighting is challenging. Most of my photos aren't showing the "true" color of the object.
Liz Kellogg (1 year ago)
I tried the tip of laying them flat rather than photographing against a photo backdrop and the lighting was much better. Now I'm off to retake all the photos. #ResellerLife
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
that's a tough one to get right yeah!!! especially if you're doing clothes.
Geeky-Spartan Gaming (1 year ago)
RALLI ROOTS the most awesome reseller couple on youtube!😀
Chad Herfel (1 year ago)
Do you sync your camera to your computer so the pics you take are automatically found on your PC? If so, how do you do it?
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
Chad Herfel we don't but that's a good idea. We just pop the memory card in after taking the pics
Jessica Charms (1 year ago)
Hey guys, love your videos! Quick question: which camera do you use to film your YouTube videos. Also, what do you use to edit the videos? Oh BTW, I also sent other questions regarding another video via DM. Keep up the great work! Thanks a mil :-)
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
Thanks Jessica!! We plan on doing a full "how we youtube" video lol, but to answer your question we film on canon cameras g7x mark ii for our vlogging cam and just a t5i with a good lens and lighting for our studio camera. I edit everything in final cut pro x.
Joann karst (1 year ago)
Watching from Montana, Great info , perfect timing I was just going to order some lighting but was wondering what was the best ? Thanks guys , I enjoy all you videos so much !!
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
YAY!!! :) glad we could help out!
Jennifer Soltys (1 year ago)
You two rock! Totally going to invest in a ring light. I'm curious when you have something that's packaged -- do you break a seal just to take good pictures? I've noticed some people's listings have images from other sites, but I'm guessing that's not the right way to do it.
Jennifer Soltys (1 year ago)
Oh awesome. I haven't run into that yet. :) Thanks again!
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
oh no worries :) no, you can't take pics from other listings. sometimes when you add an item ebay will automatically put pictures in from their catalog. Those are the ones you can use.
Jennifer Soltys (1 year ago)
Yeah, I learned that the expensive way on my blog. :( But, you can take images from other listings? Is that what you mean by supplied by ebay? Sorry, it's been years and I feel like a super newb all over again.
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
Yeah! they're great. NOPE! we never break the seal on factory sealed items, we just take pics of the items as is. Using stock pics is okay if they're the ones supplied by ebay don't take pics from google and use them on your listings, you could get in trouble.
CVINCENTI DeBella (1 year ago)
Awesome Info
r mcgrath (1 year ago)
Love Y'all. My camera photographs red, green, blues and purples differently than in person. My photographs don't look the same after uploading. How can I get true colors? I purchased 2 different cameras and still get off colors. Would O ring light help?
Ken Meagher (10 months ago)
Make sure to "white balance" your camera, along with good lighting. You can google or youtube white balance for more information.
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
I think the lighting would be the most important thing. a ring light or box lights on both sides should help you out.
Kelly (1 year ago)
You guys are Amazing and Absolutely an Adorable Couple! Thanks for a great vid.
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
:) thank you for the compliment!
Leon Carlson (1 year ago)
Great Video! What resolution do you set your camera on? I haven't sold on eBay for about 10 years, (been selling direct to collectors and other venues). I use a Nikon Cool Pix camera. But as I've been getting started back on eBay - 1/2 way through my listings I get about 3 out of 10 pictures flagged and I start all over again.
tattoo tiff (1 year ago)
just discovered ya'll..great video!
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
tattoo tiff awesome! Thanks so much 😊
josephseason (1 year ago)
Why do prefer the ring light?
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
Just because it's much brighter, dimable, and casts an even light. the other "studio" lighting you need at least 2 to get somewhat even light.
Mara Simmons (1 year ago)
Thank you for taking the time to share what you guys use. I am definitely needing better lighting. And probably a mannequin. I have a sheer blouse with a tie feature that just isn't going to look right in a flat lay (white foam core board) or hanging. I also have trouble with skirts looking right.
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
no worries :) mannequins do definitely help out, just takes a bit more time to dress them and take the pics.
New Jersey Thrifter (1 year ago)
Love the idea with the pallet background Where can someone find something similar to that ?
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
thanks! we had it custom built and put on wheels but i'm sure you can put one together pretty easily!
Golf2005HistoryMan (1 year ago)
Great Video I have been selling on EBay since 2005 and now that Ebay requests first class images this has been very instructive.Thank youStephen
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
no worries. you are welcome!
JUSTINventory (1 year ago)
Love the videos, y'all are hilarious.
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
JUSTINventory thanks!! 😊
I. M. (1 year ago)
You pack a lot of clear information into 6 minutes! Even use the ending to show us a working day. And it's colorful and creative with no boring repetitive, predictable explanations!
RALLI ROOTS (1 year ago)
thanks so much! We work hard on the vids so im glad it shows :)

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