Pricing of work? By hour or by images produced?

Started Nov 1, 2011 | Discussions thread
RLewis Regular Member • Posts: 426
Re: Pricing of work? By hour or by images produced?

beshannon wrote:

PenguinPhotoCo wrote:

Different types of photography are traditionally priced differently..

this sounds like commercial so it's usually priced as a creative fee (by the day or half day plus costs (and markup - costs being permits, rental of gear, models, props, etc).
Then there is licensing per image for the use they want it for.
Learn the science. Practice the art.

Wow, ok so this is becoming more involved. Does it matter if I am working for a company (ala a subcontractor) that is doing work for someone else? I am creating content for this company to use for their client.


This story plays out every day. They are hiring you because they don't have the money to hire a local commercial photographer. And, I mean no offense by that statement. I looked at your Smugmug account and you have an eye for composition, scale, and color.

I would not start on this "project" until you have a definitive shot list from the end user. I happen to think this is not a "work for hire" assignment. It is quite common for a media company to request this type of work for their client, the end user.

After you get your shot list, you can then gage what it will take to get this assignment done. I am not a proponent of an hourly rate. I would arrive at a creative fee for the total assignment and a separate licensing fee for images licensed. Do some research at this site, .

My last points. Get legal. Get a business license! And, get a 50% retainer before you start. This should all be spelled out in a contract. Good luck. I hope you get paid.


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