How Photography Can Impact Detailing Results by Signature Detailing
It has been said, “the camera can add 10 pounds”. While the camera can’t generally make a car look larger, properly photographing the damage is important. It can even be deceiving at times. Depending on the angle and light the picture is taken at, defects in the paint may or may not be captured. Included is the focal point, you can focus on a different “level” of the paint and not necessarily capture the defects in the clear.
Photos can be Deceiving
Here I took a side shot of a trunk. The far side of the trunk looks fairly good, with one or two scratches or swirls in it. This isn’t what I wanted to capture.
I was trying to capture the real damage in the paint. The same panel then got a shot from a different angle; I was then able to capture the real damage to the clear coat.
Best Photography Practice
Ideally you want to look for pictures from identical angles. Here is a great shot showing a before.
Then showing an after of correction. Notice how it is almost an identical picture. I kept the camera at the same angle using the same light. Both can adjust what you see in the paint.
Always check out all of the pictures a detailer posts online, if something looks off, it probably is. I do not use photoshop for any of my pictures; they get uploaded to flickr or photobucket, and then posted. “Touch ups” to me are not allowed, that can give a false sense of correction to clients.
As always thanks for looking, Greg Gellas. Please leave any thoughts, comments or questions below.