Sports Trader Card Photography: Part 1

We’ve all seen them, they have been around since I was a kid. Sports cards or trader cards are integral in growing up following rugby league or AFL. In my day, we used to collect the NRL cards from the teams that played in the NSW Rugby League competition and we traded them between friends. You might end up with two Steve Mortimer cards so you swapped one for a Perter Sterling card, trying to complete the set for the different clubs. They were fantastic, collectable and, in the US especially, can be quite valuable if you get the right one . Shooting Star Sports Cards allows you to produce your own sports cards for your young sporting superstars. You can take your own images, go to the Shooting Star Sports Card web site, upload your images, one front and one back. Enter the players details and order. Sounds easy, but the quality of the cards will always come back to the quality of your images. So how do we get the best images for the cards? Image size: Trader cards are not very big, about the size of playing cards, and the images are usually smaller still, though not always. So the image does not need to be massive. However is does need to be hi definition. So what does that mean?  Digital images are made up of pixels or lots and lots of little squares. How many of then are packed in dictates what the image can be used for. In photography, there are two types of images used, low resolution are images that are used in social media...