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Old 08-17-2005, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been shooting our five local golf courses for the city of Rockford park dist. in hopes of doing a calendar for them. Taking the pictures has taken several hours and now I am ready to start the process of selecting the 12 shots for the calendar. I have no experience on how I should go about charging for my work. No contracts have been signed at this point. They just gave me the permission to shoot the pictures. All of the shots were done in digital. HELP PLEASE!
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Old 08-17-2005, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For starters I HATE answers like what I am about to say...

It is all up to you...

BUT for real hard numbers look to something like fotoQuote...

I find the numbers it has a little high... but that is just me.

I am shooting a PROMO calendar next month. I know the budget and I worked myself in to where I know I will fit...

A calendar for sale to make profit, I have no idea...

I think you are going to get a bunch of differant answers on this one...

You could go here NPPA CDB and look at the cost of doing business... this should give you a base for a DAY rate. You can go that way... which is what I did for my calendar.


It is all up to you...

Hope this helps...
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Old 08-17-2005, 02:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Figure your time and charge between $75.00 and $150.00 per hour depending on the average rate for location shooting in your area. Don't sell yourself short no matter what.
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Old 08-17-2005, 02:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Figure your time and charge between $75.00 and $150.00 per hour depending on the average rate for location shooting in your area. Don't sell yourself short no matter what.

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how did you figure that amount?

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Old 08-17-2005, 03:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Do you want to know how I came up with the $75-150 per hour? That's an average rate in my area for most semi-pro and pro photogs. For example: In my area most wedding pros get from $1400-3500 for a wedding shoot. Most weddings are 6 hours on location. That would be a rate of 233.00 per hour at 1400 or 583.00 per hour at 3500. Now this price does include about 20 8x10 prints, 80 or so 3x5 prints and a album for both. This isn't carved in stone but you need a base rate no matter what you're doing. Then again you could call it a TFP and give it to them and hold the rights to the photos. You could then place those photos with a stock agency and sell them over and over for several years. Up to you I guess!
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That's an average rate in my area

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That's exactly why I asked. I think that Chuck should follow you advice and do similar research for his specific market and see what the commercial photographers in his area are charging for a day rate.
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I agree!
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