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Questions on the monetary value of photographs or gear, and on why and how these prices are or should be determined.

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Is it reasonable to ask for just unedited images in exchange for a lower cost for a wedding shoot? [duplicate]

I am looking for a photographer for my wedding. Usually photographers don't give all the images, and also they edit, and they sometimes offer an album in their packages. I just want to know if they ...
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How do I set a session cost for product photography? [on hold]

A local shop that sells craft items and furniture ranging from $12.00-$400.00 wants to hire me to professionally take pictures of 10 of their products. I said I could do about 50 pictures of the 10 ...
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How Much Should I Ask for Photographing [School] Groups at an Outdoor Center and How Much Commission Should I Pay to the Outdoor Center?

I've been thinking and researching about this for weeks now. I went through some similar posts like How much should an amateur charge for a portrait session? or How do you determine how much to ask ...
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How do I work out what is fair to pay for photo editing?

I know it all depends on the person but I have never done this and have no idea about any estimates: Let's say I go shoot someone but then I send my RAW photos to someone else that is good with ...
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How should I price my first paid event shoot?

I'm a relatively new photographer and, admittedly, I'm still learning. I have been taking photos as a hobbyist for a couple of years, but recently I have been seriously building my portfolio (and ...
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How much should an amateur charge for a portrait session?

I am fairly new to photography and have done a few high-school senior sessions of friends here and there. I have been getting more and more requests to photograph families, seniors, etc. and am ...
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Starting out: how much should I charge for a photoshoot? [duplicate]

I'm in the midst of creating my own small photography business. I've done photoshoots for friends and family, free of charge because I was getting practice. I don't want to overcharge but I don't want ...
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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?

I've spent a while looking at lenses and their prices, and now I'm wondering... Does it make sense to bolt a really expensive lens onto a cheap camera? Or is the extra performance only worth it if you ...
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Can our wedding photographer charge editing fees not listed in the contract or previously disclosed?

We were married last summer. We are still waiting for our album, which includes 50 edited images of our choosing. We provided a list of the 50 images according to the instructions from the ...
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Photographer's price seems high — can we pay for a proof and print it ourselves?

We wanted to save four images that we will have to paint over during house remodel. The cost was quoted at $250. Now the quote for a print seems very high. Can we just ask to pay for the proof so ...
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How much should I charge for selling un watermarked high resolution photos?

I've recently done a shoot for a customer where the contract stated they would get "web ready" digital versions of the photos (max dimension 1024px), as well as the ability to order prints. The ...
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Amateur photographer first wedding shoot [duplicate]

I was referred by my brother to take wedding/engagement photos for his friend next year September 2016. Im currently learning and improving my skills, hoping I'll have more than enough time to learn ...
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Why are professional flashes so expensive?

I need a high energy flash, very bright with a relatively long pulse duration otherwise my short exposure time photos have half of the image dark, because the light pulse has ended before the ...
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Why is there no full-frame but low res sensor?

So I just watched a review on the Sony NEX-7, which is 24MP in APS-C size.... I am a Canon user and I immediately think about the announced Canon Powershot G1X with almost APS-C sensor but at a lower ...
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Is a RAW-only camera economically justified? [closed]

Is a digital camera which could only take RAW images economically justified? considering that RAW files may need less in-camera processing.
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Why does the Canon 1D Mark III cost more than the 1D Mark IV?

Why does the Canon 1D Mark III cost more than the 1D Mark IV ? According to snapsort it looks like the Mark IV is better. Mark 3: $7995 http://www.amazon.com/Canon-1D-Mark-III-Digital/dp/B000NP1C5O/ ...
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I'll be doing a gallery show, any advice on how to price my photos?

I'll be doing a gallery show in the spring at my university, any advice on how to price my photos? I am not a photography major, so I don't have any resources for advice on things like this. I am so ...
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How openly should I advertise my packages and prices?

In terms of advertising, how upfront do you advertise and display your rates and prices? A lot of photographers don't have their packages or rates on their websites and you have to inquire to receive ...
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What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?

I just saw a Leica M9 priced at 6995 USD, and a Leica M8 at 6295 USD. This is similar to the price for a high-end Nikon D3X or a Canon 1D Mark IV. So, I am trying to compare the specs, but can't get ...
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How should I price sale or license of my photographs to a site which will sell them in turn?

I have a celebrity charity event coming up soon. I am photographing VIPs at step & repeat with four celebrities, stage show with 20+ celebrities, VIP party with all celebrities. This is a 5 hour ...
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Why are Micro Four Thirds lenses so expensive compared to Canon?

I'm looking at picking up a new prime portrait lens to augment the kit lenses that came with my Olympus OM-D M-10. My brother has a Canon with a 50mm f/1.8 lens that takes beautiful photos and costs ...
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How much do I charge for the first time wedding photo shoot?

I am an amateur photographer as far as event photography is concerned. I have done private event shoots only for my family and friends (weddings on two occasions and few new born and other small ...
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How should I select a price for a landscape image?

Ive been asked to sell one of my landscape images. The request has come from an architect who is redeveloping a part of a hospital Trust. The trust have chosen my image and it will be enlarged to ...
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Why does a small change in focal length of two lenses make a $1000.00 difference in the price?

I was looking at some lenses and the famous 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens is almost $2000.00. Then, I also found this one: Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens and ...
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How should I respond to a lowball offer for commercial use of one of my photographs?

I have recently had a request from a TV production company to use a photo they have seen on Flickr that they wish to use as a background for some interviews. They have offered me $1 for the photo to ...
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I was asked to design a calendar using my photos, what do I charge for the “art fee” for 12 photos, should my name and copyright be included?

Last year, and for the first time, I tried creating and selling calendars featuring my photography. They turned out pretty good but in the end I spent too much time on choosing the photos, the actual ...
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Why are wide-angle lenses so much more expensive?

What is it about wide-angle lenses that makes them so much more expensive than an equivalent-quality tele or prime lens? Take the Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM, for example. RRP is nearly £1,000! Are they ...
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How do I price product photography? [closed]

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 ...
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What factors should one consider when charging for editing and organizing photos?

I've agreed to catalog a large group of photos for an online project for a relative. In addition, I will be doing some light editing of the photos for clarity of image, etc., as I go along. I've been ...
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Billing for international travel work days

I'm putting together a proposal for a client to pitch to their boss, and I need to come up with a per diem fee. I can't decide on a method for generating a per diem. At this point, I don't know how ...
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What is the difference between these various Nikon zoom lenses?

Nikon AF-S 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G ED Nikon AF-S 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G ED The second one costs twice as much money as the first one, but what's the benefit of choosing the second one? Same with ...
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Wedding Photography Pricing [duplicate]

I have read pricing guides etc and since I haven't been in business for years and years its kinda hard to plug the numbers in to the formula. Anyways I'm just having a hard time pricing a wedding. ...
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Why is the Canon SX510 HS so inexpensive?

Some VERY beginner questions here, I apologize! My knowledge of cameras is limited to say the least. To give you an idea, I know things like: SLRs are good. I can take a lot of pictures in a ...
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How to price my photos to be used on someone else's website?

An acquaintance of mine sells her hair accessories on Amazon, Etsy and her own personal website. She has asked to buy some artistic photos I took of my daughter wearing her hair accessories (as a ...
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How to price a framed photograph?

I was looking for some advice on the best approach when it comes to pricing my photography. I am looking to sell my prints, I have a range of them in 16 x 12 and they will all come framed against a ...
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Why are tulip lens hoods more expensive than cup lens hoods?

Why are tulip lens hoods costlier than cup lens hoods? Both types appear to be made of same material. Is it only the design, or something else?
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I keep getting asked to do wedding photography - what is a fair price to ask?

This may sound like a silly post...but, I need some "outside" opinion from people who know what they are doing. I took up amateur photography as a hobby a couple of years ago...most of it being ...
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What to charge for a large Family portrait? [duplicate]

What would an advanced amateur charge for an extended family portrait of approximately 40 people. This is just for the session. And using $8000 worth of equipment?
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Why do some lenses cost 10 times as much when the specs are very close?

For example, a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens is about US$110, while another Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens is about 14 times as expensive, at about $1450. Is the 1.8 or 1.2 the main reason for the price difference? ...
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When lens pricing is too good to be true…avoid?

Without going into detail - I'm noticing that some Professional DSLR lenses are on sale at amazon for up to 50pct off. An example would be an L-series lens which sells for 2200 being available for ...
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How can I find standard rates for promo use of press photography?

A few months ago I did a series of photoshoots of authors at a literary convention, as a (stringer) press photographer for a minor online publication. Yesterday the agent of one of the subjects I shot ...
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Why is the 430EX more expensive than the 430EX II?

I'm about to sell my Canon 430EX and trying to determine a fair price for it. Looking at Amazon, it seems like the 430EX is more expensive than the 430EX II. I'm a bit confused. Any ideas why this ...
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Can I get a Nikon or Canon DSLR more cheaply by buying internationally?

Do some countries sell Canon or Nikon DSLRs at a much cheaper price? Could I save money by buying from a dealer who will ship internationally? Getting a high end DSLR or a good lens locally is beyond ...
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What license should I be using when selling to reproduction companies?

I was thinking about selling some of my photos to companies that may reproduce and re-sell the images i.e. postcards, posters, stock framed pictures. The problem is I am a little unsure as to what ...
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Why is Canon EF 24-105 available at different prices on Amazon? [closed]

I am very interested about this Canon lens. However, I found it on Amazon at three different prices, ranging from $840 to $1056. What is the difference between the three?
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What is your stance when asked to shoot a wedding for friends or family?

Do you charge? Do you refuse? I find I am often asked to shoot my friend's weddings but feel I cannot accept payment if they are close friends. The money isn't the issue, the downside is that wedding ...
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How to accurately / competitively price prints when digital images are already paid for?

My wife is a wedding and fashion photographer (as well as some family and maternity). We've been traditionally giving our High Res images as a part of the package price to our customers. Now that we'...
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Is it possible to obtain portraits free of charge in exchange for letting the photograper use the photos for his/her book?

I'm looking to get some portraits of my nieces. They are good-looking girls but their mother (my sister) cannot afford to pay for a photo session. I've heard that it is possible to arrange a setup ...
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Why does a Leica camera cost so much?

I was amazed that a Leica camera costs about the same as a new Mazda does ($30K). Why? :) The best lenses?
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What is the bill of materials for a typical single lens reflex (or mirror-less) camera? [closed]

How does the bill of materials for a camera contribute to the actual cost and/or price of the camera and how do the hidden costs in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a camera to the public ...