Photographing your instrument.

Good photos are very often the gateway to attracting potential buyers. This section will tell you about "do's" and "dont's" in photographing.

Begin by having a look at the photos in our "Gallery" section. These are usually shot using a generous amount of natural light and show the entire instrument, with the lid open, often from a three quarter angle, to give an overall impression.

This overall shot is accompanied by a shot showing the entire keyboard, top note to bottom note, from as close up as possible. The overall shot and the keyboard closeup is the basic minimum for showing your instrument online.

Spend a minute to dust the instrument and the stand. Use a little brush such as a paintbrush to clear dust from the keyboard. A coat of dust can become very visible in a photo, especially when you shoot with a flash.

Try, as much as possible, to have your instrument fill up the viewfinder in your camera. Avoid filling up a big part of your picture with the surroundings.

It also helps to have a few detail shots for us to choose from when putting together your listing. A close up of any attractive detail, such as the soundboard painting, the tuning pins, the keys, jacks, or the outer case decoration, will help to present your instrument in its best light.

Speaking of light, if you don't have a lot of available daylight and must shoot with a flash, try turning on all the other available lighting in the room to help out. If you can set up a simple flood light with a reflector, it may also make things easier for you.

Very often, objects that don't seem very noticeable will become eye-catching and distracting when they appear in a photo. Remember to remove books, sheet music, knick knacks, cats or anything else that might block the view of your instrument. If the lamp or the arm of a chair is blocking part of the instrument, see if you can move it out of the way while you take the photos. Tidy up or unplug electric wires that may be snaking into the picture.

We prefer digital photos in the JPG format, e-mailed to us. If you prefer to send prints, we can scan them and convert to JPG. If you send digital photos, send them at a higher resolution, around 150 dpi. If you send a big photo at a very high resolution such as 300 dpi, it may be too big to go via e-mail, or may take a while to send. If you know how to check the file size of your photo in Windows or in Mac it should be between about one and two megabytes big.