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What is needed for a bill board image ?
Old 01-07-2007, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was asked if I wanted to shoot a realestate ad for a big bill board. It would be a husband and wife team. They are friends of mine and they will be paying for it. I just don't know if my 20D can pull it off or do I need something with more pixels ?

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Re: What is needed for a bill board image ?
Old 01-07-2007, 10:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am not certain of the exact results on this billboard image that you shoot, but one thing to keep in mind is that if you were only 4 feet from the image at that size you would surely see pixel dots, but from the road where it will be seen by most people, those dots may not be apparent from that distance.
One thing that they could do for that image to go that size is to first make a large photo print of it and then rescan that at 1200 dpi or higher resolution to make the billboard printing.
Contact the billboard company to see what they have to tell you about this.
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Re: What is needed for a bill board image ?
Old 01-07-2007, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was asked if I wanted to shoot a realestate ad for a big bill board. It would be a husband and wife team. They are friends of mine and they will be paying for it. I just don't know if my 20D can pull it off or do I need something with more pixels ?

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Contact the company that will be printing the billboard and ask them what the requirements are for the print they will be doing.

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Re: What is needed for a bill board image ?
Old 01-07-2007, 03:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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nd let us know the answer - I'm sure I'm not the only one curious to hear
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Re: What is needed for a bill board image ?
Old 01-07-2007, 07:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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A couple of years ago I did two billboards for political candidates with my D60, which is 6 meg. The image of the person took up about one-third of the space on the billboard. I didn't hear anything back from the sign company as far as complaining and the image looked real good from the road. Like the other poster said, from four feet, they look like a sandstorm, but from street level, they look fine. I am sure that the 20D will provide a good enough file. Arkie.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the 20D should be able to pull it off...that why thay have soft wear like genuine fractals...talk to the printer and ask what there needs would be...or rent a 6x7 or 4x5 and then get the chromes drumscanned...
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Re: What is needed for a bill board image ?
Old 01-08-2007, 11:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow after talking with the company. All I have to give them is the raw file. They will do everything else. I guess there people will add all the info and stuff to the image we choose.

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I shot a billboard photo with my D60. The image looked great from the street. It had a few firetrucks and a bunch of children (including my daughter) in it. The marketing company handled all of the graphics and everybody was happy. I just submitted a raw image to the marketing company. This was for one of the "Full Size" billboards along the highway.

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Re: What is needed for a bill board image ?
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A little late getting to this post, and I saw where the billboard company already gave you the "don't sweat it-just give us the Raw" encouragement. I do regular photoshoots for billboards in the healthcare industry and yes a 6mp RAW file or PSD is sufficient if you've got good lighting and crisp focus. Most of my shots are imported into an Adobe Illustrator graphic file which the billboard company uses to print out the billboard panels. And our other buddy is right, who has the eyes or time to stop and count the pixels going down an Interstate at 70mph.

The flip side to this is that I've got a poster a customer ordered for this week - Print size is 96 inches wide by 48 inches in height. They want this monster to be mounted in a frame in one of their main hallways (heavy traffic). The normally viewing distance will be six to two feet from the image - no room for rough pixels. Even a 30mp file (6x7 w/drum scan)screams at the challenge. Final Adobe Illustrator file delivered to printers with images, text and spot color was over 753 mega bytes....and honestly its boring-but its what the customer wanted.
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