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02-03-2011, 01:49 PM   #1
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What to charge!?!

Ok, so I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but I've been offered my first paid gig in April. I've done some photography for this guy over the last year, all for free just for the experience, and he's asked me to help him out with a photoshoot for his band.

We've already had some talks, and we seem to be on the same page for what he wants, but he sent me a message asking how much I'd charge for a day's shooting, and I have NO idea!

02-03-2011, 02:09 PM   #2
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Since this is your first gig, not too much, but then again he knows your worth and is willing to pay. It also depends on his capacity in paying at this point...

I suggest maybe you offer a price that will include basic post-processing on all pictures, and complete PP on a specific amount of shots (say, 10-20). Or if you prefer, charge per picture you provide, that's another option. But most people nowadays want the full lot of pictures...

If it was me, and this was in my city, I'd charge between 350-500$ depending on the actual amount of work, less if no PP is involved, near 500 is a lot of PP is required. Or if you've been lusting after a lens and that lens could help in the shoot, you could ask for the lens as payment...
02-03-2011, 02:22 PM   #3
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Hmm, that's some decent insight... though they're a college band so their spending capacity is probably not too high... around 160 has been suggested to me, but as I have no formal training and this is as much to get my name out there as anything, I was thinking closer to 70-80... Maybe I should just get a business manager
02-03-2011, 02:49 PM   #4
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Congrats!That may be a door for LBA income.
160 pounds for a day shooting looks like a fair price given your status with them. If that has been sugested accept it. 70-80 pounds if you're doing it to get your name out there looks fine may get you more litle jobs if people see it's cheap, while you build up your experience and equipment.
I'm just trying to do the same luck so far...well kind of, got this thing going, a fashion shoot and i'll get a lens as payment (maybe the Tamron 28-75 f2,8...or if i get to save the money i may try to get a used 50-135 f2,8..).
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