New Poshmark sellers are always asking how I get my Poshmark cover shots to look clean and bright. So I figured this would be a great topic for my first post!
Just so you know, I am not a professional photographer by any means, and my style may not be your style. I’m just sharing what works for me. Below are a few flat lays I took and edited on my iPhone 6. It’s totally possible to get nice photos using only your phone.
My 3 essentials for great Poshmark cover shots:
solid white background
There are so many things you could use as a background for your Poshmark cover shots, and I have probably tried them all! Good ideas are butcher paper, bulletin board paper, or drawing paper. I’m currently using a giant roll of drawing paper I had stashed in a corner of my art studio. Drawing paper will cost you roughly $25 a roll, and unless you’re planning on doing some big ass drawings in the future, you probably don’t need anything fancy. If you have kids you could roll out the extra and let them doodle. Just buy the brightest white you can find. Bulletin board paper is a little cheaper, but wrinkles more easily. Some good places to look for these are Amazon, Uline, or Utrecht.
photo editing apps
**This list includes links to the iTunes store, but all of these apps are available for Android phones as well.
In future posts I’m planning to go in-depth on how I use each of these apps, but for now here’s the overview of my faves.
For editing exposure and color, and getting rid of lint / dog hair / random marks. Coming from a graphic design background, I really just want the entire version of Photoshop on my iPhone. But that’s not realistic. Snapseed is the closest thing you will find in an app, in my opinion. I have the Photoshop Mix and PS Express apps, but I always end up using Snapseed.
I use this more often for Instagram photos, as the filters really brighten your photos and give them some extra oomph. But for my Poshmark photos, I like to keep things pretty close to how they look in real life. Fewer problems down the road.
This is an excellent app for creating sale or announcement listings, and doing typography overlays. You can even upload your own fonts, so unlike other apps, your font options are virtually limitless.
Poshmark limits your photos to 4 per listing, but every now and then you just need more. I use Diptic to make two or more photos out of one photo space.
I don’t use this as often as the others, but there is a really cool masking feature I like and have used to make announcement listings in my closet.
This is pretty straightforward. Since I don’t have studio lights and a whole setup (some Poshers do!) I try to photograph my listings when the sun isn’t beaming straight into one of my windows and causing really harsh shadows. Even if you do get shadows you can minimize them via editing, or make them work for your image as part of your style.
Taking your photos
The first thing I do is look at the item and determine the best way to photograph it in order to spotlight its best qualities. Structured items like jackets can go on a hanger which I put on a nail on a bare wall. Sweaters and flowy fabrics tend to droop on a hanger, so I usually lay these items out on my background and position them in a way that minimizes shadows and mimics the body’s shape. There are some excellent lynda.com videos all about this.
It’s always a good idea to think outside the box: check out your item and see if there is an interesting pattern or feature that might get lost in a photo. Take a close-up shot of the item to show off the feature and add a little visual interest that entices shoppers to click for more photos.
Most times I start the editing process with the Snapseed app. I dial up the Ambiance and Highlights features to mimic natural light if there wasn’t enough. Upping the saturation just a tad helps keep it from looking washed out. If there are shadows I don’t like, I use the Brush tool to carefully lighten those spots. You may have to zoom in closely to do this accurately. The healing brush is also a lifesaver for removing specks of dust or hair. Finally I crop out any clutter around the edges.
This is my basic process for photographing my items for sale. To save time, I try to do a bunch of items at a time, then go back and edit later. One day I’d love to add some lights and a mannequin to my setup, but for now this is working just fine.
Here are a few of my before and after shots:
What are your tips and tricks for getting great Poshmark covershots? Share them in the comments below!