A couple weeks ago I talked about how to find images for your vehicle wrap. Well today I am going to revisit that topic. In my last post I touched on hiring a professional photographer to take pictures for your wrap. Well today I am going to clarify and expanded upon this principle of taking your own photo. Everything I mention from here on out will be true whether you are taking the pictures yourself or hiring a professional to do it. When looking for a photographer, do not be afraid to ask them what kind of equipment they use. This is especially important, because the main factor that is going to matter in getting the perfect photo for your car is the amount of megapixel the camera has. I will not get into the technical aspect of this. I will simply say this, the amount of megapixels will directly affect if the picture can be used or not.
Not all vehicle wraps are the same. Vehicles come in many different shapes and size, all having their own unique needs. This is also true of camera’s. Not all cameras are the same, they are all made for specific purposes and are all capable of certain things.
Before you get ready to take pictures for your wrap here are a few things to consider. Keep in mind what your car looks like. You need to envision what the photos you are going to take will look like when on your car. I would recommend printing photos of your car, and then sketching a basic layout of what your would like the picture to look like on the car. This way your can know what the photo you want to take needs to looks like.
Next always use the highest available format to save your images in. Whenever possible shot in RAW format. To simplify, RAW format is like the digital version of a film negative. RAW format allows you and us the most versatility with editing the image.
Lastly make sure the camera you are using will take a picture that is big enough to be used on your vehicle.
Here is a breakdown of mega pixels, and there approximate size in inches at our minimum 75 dpi:
6 Megapixels (MP): 40 x 27
8MP: 43.5 x 32.5
10MP: 51.5 x 34.5
12MP: 57 x 37
14MP: 61 x 41
16MP: 65.5 x 43.5
18MP: 69 x 46
22MP: 76.5 x 51
24MP: 80 x 53
36MP: 98 x 65.5
So depending on what kind of vehicle you have this will determine your camera needs. If you are trying to wrap something that is larger then approximately 98x 65.5 and you want it to be covered with a crisp clear photograph, then look for a photographer using a medium format camera with a digital back.