Follow our guide for photography tips to ensure you have the best-looking gallery possible. If you’ve got a modern cell phone or know how to run a camera, the steps below can help you deliver professional-grade photos. If you choose to do so, this guide also includes a checklist you can supply to your photographer.
Aim for 30+ photos for Pistols and 45+ for Long arms covering all surfaces of the firearm.
Photos should be a minimum of 2400×1600 px resolution for the best-looking gallery online.
All photos should be taken landscape and in the aspect ratio of 3:2.
These listings are great examples of ideal listing photos, notice the lighting, cleanliness of the item, and angles.
Safety: This should be the first concern when working with firearms in any capacity.
Cleaning: A quality cloth will get you most of the way there.
Background: Choose a background that is plain, and neutral in color.
Lighting: Natural outdoor light is best. Lighting is CRITICAL for showcasing your collectible.
Camera: Modern smartphones are more than capable to capture quality images for your listing. A DSLR can be better if you know how to use it.
Soft light/Overcast Day Photograph your Firearm These photos should include the whole firearm, allowing for a bit of margin on each side of the gun.
Now get close to the gun, photograph the parts you love, the fine detail: Roll Marks, Inspection Marks, Serial Numbers and where they match, Trigger guard, barrel, hammer, back strap, front strap, ejector rod, cylinder, slide, stock, butt. You name it. This should be the bulk of your photos.
Now get closer to the gun, photograph the good, the bad, & the ugly. Bidders are looking to see where the finish may have been touched up, or where it’s wearing off. Do your best to capture the micro scratches and the obvious scratches. You need your photos to be an honest representation of your item.
Have the box, holster, uniforms, belts, or knives? Any spare magazines? Take a flat group shot of those items and any details that are required.
Print this out on the day you choose to photograph your collectible, This will ensure your time is well spent and you walk away with all the photos needed. A printable version is available in a link below the checklist.
Soft Natural Light/ Over Cast
Properly Cleaned Firearm
Clean Simple Backdrop
Do Not Digital Zoom
Avoid Built-in Flash Feature
If you’d like to be able to print or share the check list a downloadable copy is available here.