chuck9941
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Photo Pricing And Resizing Help

Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:22 am

Hi,

I am in need of seeing if the request is even possible and then pricing accordingly. I have been approached to have one of my photos to be used as a large hi-res graphic production. Here is most of the email below. Quick feedback is greatly appreciated.

"I am interested in possibly using your photograph from Airliners.net for a reproduction graphic on the side of a tractor trailer. One of my customers is custom building a 52' trailer to haul his R44 helicopter and we don't have any good high quality photos of his helicopter. I am looking for a good hi-res image that can be blown up to about 6' or so without losing all the image quality. Please let me know if you have this image in hi-res (maybe around 30+ megs) and if you would allow it to be reproduced in such a manner. Time is of the essence so I look forward to your quick response."

I have the shot in JPEG and RAW formats and had to crop about 10-15% the image to make suitable for A.Net. Shooting with a Nikon D80 10.2mp.

Would such a size photo be able to be reproduced as a hi-res? Since the graphic would be so large this would most likely be an issue of granting image use and not me producing the graphic.

Thanks for your help.
Andrew
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dazbo5
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RE: Photo Pricing And Resizing Help

Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:45 am

It would have to be a high resolution camera to print the photo that large and not lose any detail. If you view the photo from a distance, it'll be fine but you'll start to see pixelation close up. I would email him back saying what dimensions you can supply the photo at and the file size as a TIFF, and ask what he's prepared to pay. If you're happy with the amount, send the photo and they can make a decision as to whether they want to accept it.

Darren
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RE: Photo Pricing And Resizing Help

Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:05 am

Anyone experienced with large prints recognizes there are limitations. Even a photographer with an $8000 D3x would still only get about 50% higher resolution than you can offer, which means around 75 dpi instead of 50 dpi for a 6 foot wide reproduction.

Do as Darren suggested. If you want, you can include the recommendation that image scaling artifacts at 50 dpi are typically indiscernible from more than 6 feet away, and minimally noticeable from closer, so you believe the photo will be appropriate for the use described, and that such compromises are typical when printing images this large.

He may not be experienced in dealing with large prints and his "30 MB" (maybe meant megapixel?) suggestion might only going on what a print shop recommended when he asked how to guarantee high quality. In that case, he might want the image upscaled and resampled to 300 dpi by you (or his printer may handle upscaling themselves). The resampling helps smooth out pixellation.
 
waketurbulence
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RE: Photo Pricing And Resizing Help

Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:08 am

If you are going to uprezrez on your own I would suggest downloading the free 30 day trial of Alien Skin Blow Up. Results seem better vs just using photoshop to uprez a photo.
-Matt
 
chuck9941
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RE: Photo Pricing And Resizing Help

Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:54 pm

Thanks guys for the info. I've sent off a reply and will see what happens.
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RE: Photo Pricing And Resizing Help

Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:09 pm



Quoting WakeTurbulence (Reply 3):
If you are going to uprezrez on your own I would suggest downloading the free 30 day trial of Alien Skin Blow Up. Results seem better vs just using photoshop to uprez a photo.
-Matt

You will not notice any improvement CS4 is very good.

Also your RAW conversion tool I use the Canon Camera RAW has an upsize option as you open your raw file, this is also an excellent starting point for an upsize.

Also an image for that usage will be printed on a solvent printer so resolution should really not be a big issue as long as you do it properly.

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chuck9941
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RE: Photo Pricing And Resizing Help

Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:54 pm

I got a reply back and some more info about how the photo will be used. Basically the R44 image will be cropped out and placed in a background already chosen. This will then be printed and wraped on to the side of the trailer. The request has come from a sign/graphics company so really I would need to do is just supply the image. I saw a proposal of what they are looking to do and it looks nice.

Given that they will be doing the printing and editing of the photo and most of the labor and the desired use of the photo what would be a ballpark figure that you would find acceptable?

I was given a general idea of what they are looking to spend. I believe it to be reasonable based on some of the posts here in the forum but want to see if its in line with what the most of you feel given its uniqueness.

Thanks again for your help.
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