Re: Trophy Buck Photo-Illustration
I think it's a cool idea. I'd probably be interested in it; I certainly can't say for sure I wouldn't be.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Cons:</span>
• It looks like the photo you put the antlers in is a photo that has the antlers in the same perspective as the snapshot. That's probably the only way you can do it, because I can't see how you'd turn the antlers or reposition them in any way. But it does mean you need lots of photos of live deer.
• The live deer in this example doesn't look like the deer in the snapshot. For one thing, it's a big bodied deer. For another, the buck in the snapshot has an interesting dark stripe on its nose and some other color features which aren’t in the picture of the live deer. So, in this case it doesn't look anything like the same deer. But that may not be a problem in most cases -- differences in most deer are much more subtle.
• This is just a guess, but this example makes me wonder if all photos of live deer will be against a foggy background, or if you made the background look that way, in order to make superimposing the antlers easier.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Pros: </span>
• One thing I like is that you are showing the deer as it looked when it was alive. I think lots of people will see the value in that.
• This should be much less expensive than a mount. You asked about the price – I’d say it needs to be less than $100. If it could be $50, I think you’d be very busy.
• You are wise to be thinking about this now, because if you could drum up some business ahead of the coming season, you’d probably do great as Christmas comes.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Extra thoughts -- neither Pro nor Con (and free!): </span>
• It would be great if you had enough pictures of deer that people could choose from up to a dozen or so. Some might want the deer in hemlocks. Others might want it in a field. Others might want it shown from above, like it was taken from a treestand. Others might want a stream in the picture. Others might want more than one deer in the picture. I think it would be hard to offer all those choices, but I think you’d serve customers well if you did.
• Do you need a snapshot like you have in your example? Why can't you take a snapshot of the antlers, from different angles, in order to match it to deer in different positions?
• Maybe you already have this in mind, but if you can add antlers to a deer, why can’t you add deer to a scene? That way you’d be able to create lots more variety in the scenes. The hunter could choose the deer and the scene it is placed in.
• You didn’t say whether your plan is to do giclée prints, or photographic prints, I think they’d look better as giclée prints.
• I don’t know what you mean by “museum quality” prints. That term is tossed around a lot.
I love it when guys come up with new ideas on how to add to our sport and make an income from what they love. All the best to you.
"When you put a buck on your wall, it links you to those guys who painted the walls of caves." --Me.