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I want to know what you would charge in this unique position.

location: Atlanta

products: various white china pieces; plates, mugs, etc.

Photography: roughly 100 photos...25-40 single product images in kitchen/dining areas.

Post-Work: 2,000 different products. photo's taken were of blank-pieces. Will add artwork to group shots and single product shots for each collection. (black illustrations. it's a simple pasting of artwork and lining up on product; except for mugs and other round products) - 55 City collections(21 products per collection) , 24 state collections (12 products per collection), misc. collections. roughly 2,000 pieces of artwork to paste into the various "blank" photos.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by ElendilTheTall, MikeW, inkista, dpollitt, John Cavan Aug 15 '14 at 12:58

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This isn't really something we can answer. It is certainly a lot of work, but pricing depends largely on where you are and is even further complicated by being immediate family, since we can't determine what type of discount is advisable because that would be unique to your family situation and relationship. Do note though that what you are talking about is a LOT of work to do well. – AJ Henderson Aug 14 '14 at 15:39
thanks for the comment, AJ. i think i already know roughly what i would charge...i'm more or less looking for ball-park figures to compare it to so i can illustrate to her that it would be a very large financial commitment to have it done elsewhere. – orbitalshocK Aug 14 '14 at 17:54
May I suggest that you remove the part about family pricing then and simply ask how much effort would be involved, and maybe what it would be expected to cost in a particular market, though cost is still pretty highly localized. – AJ Henderson Aug 14 '14 at 18:01
i did as you longer a 10 page question. note: i've already done this exact service before, while working full time for family member. She flat out refused to do composed shots at the time and preferred cut-outs on a black background. i have an entire suite of custom actions specifically for streamlining the process of positioning the artwork onto the various blank photos. – orbitalshocK Aug 14 '14 at 18:17
I would follow Jays formula here: – dpollitt Aug 14 '14 at 19:52

If you are able to do it as bulk work without much technical skill needed, I'd say about $15 to $20 an hour for the work is reasonable. If it requires more in depth touchup and artistic work, the cost per hour should go up accordingly, probably around $50 to $100 an hour for consulting work, depending on level of technical skill needed.

As a flat rate, I'd probably price it at at least 5 grand, even with automation, as just a rough ballpark guess without figuring out a more involved version of how I'd go about it. Depending on the level of perspective correction needed, that could easily go up significantly.

I'd probably approach it by building a flat layer that could be swapped out with each artwork and build an application of that layer to each of the photos and then automate them through, but it is still looking at 100 photos needing that kind of manipulation and the time to run it. Figuring about 30 minutes to 45 minutes to do the setup and run of each photo would be 50 to 75 hours of work, though I'd have to actually try a few first to see how it scaled.

If it requires more than that, the price could easily go up significantly.

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