Questions tagged [pricing]

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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Why are Fuji lenses more expensive than others?

I notice Canon lenses start at $125 for the 50mm f/1.8, and the $125-$400 range is filled with many options from wide angle to telephoto, not even counting third party brands. Whereas the cheapest ...
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Cost to take and edit a photo? [closed]

My daughter is 16 and has a passion for photography and is quite good. Her friend asked her to take and edit pictures of flowers for her website and wants to pay her... How would you go about ...
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If I have a never-published photo of a celebrity, can I make money selling glossy prints of it online?

I have a never-before-published picture of Freddie Mercury (approx. 15 ft. away, and taken by me) from Queen's Dallas concert on March 22, 1975. Would it be profitable to sell glossies (whatever size) ...
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Estimating project cost when considerable trust-building time is needed?

Imagine I'm starting a photography project with a duration of at least several weeks. I'm trying to estimate a fixed cost for the whole project. As part of this project I'll have to build trust with ...
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If a Canon 200d is better than a 700d, why is it priced the same?

I am a beginner in photography. I want to buy a dSLR. After a lot of googling, I found that the newly launched Canon 200D/SL2 is better than the 700D/T5i. Is this really so? I am confused, because if ...
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How do I know what to price my packages and what to offer in the packages?

As someone who is just now trying to start their own photography business, and has about four years of photography experience, how do you know the right pricing your photos are worth?
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How much should a drone operator get paid for their service?

I operated for a weddings/couple studio for a couple years now so I am confident that my work is good since I'm usually asked to come do a job often. I flew the Phantom P3 Pro initially and now I've ...
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Calculating cost of Inks

I am working on an app in which I need to estimate the amount of ink used to print something and corresponding cost. I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. If not, please point ...
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Why is the price between these two lens differ so much? [duplicate]

I am a beginner in photography and trying to understand about camera lenses. This morning I came across Mike Matas' video which was made using this thousand dollars Canon 50mm. I also have a 50mm ...
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Trying to find a good camera in my price range

I'm 13 years old and just starting to get into photography. It's coming closer to the end of the school year, and my friends want me to do our group photos. I'm trying to find a camera that will ...
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Are there fake Canon cameras?

I recently received an offer of a Canon DSLR camera, which is incredibly low (5D III + 24-105 L lens for 1100€). As the usual price is three to four times more, I'm trying to figure out where the ...
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What criteria is used to price the photographs from stock photography services? [closed]

I learned that photos are priced using resolution, frequency of usage and sizes. I am not able to figure out how. How do these criteria relate to the price of the picture ? This question is about ...
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Should I charge a fee to a client who wants to change wedding date?

I have a wedding client who, due to medical reasons, needs to post pone their wedding a year. They paid the deposit, signed a contract. I feel though that by moving their date, I will not be able to ...
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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

I just started up my own photography business and I was wondering what I should with how pricing works. I thought of doing pets, families, babies, and senior pictures. I have some experience with a ...
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How to go about selling digital files for printing and how to price them?

I have recently shared an album of my pictures in an online photography forum and someone contacted me, asking if I can sell them a print, or the digital file for them to print themselves. I have ...
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Wedding Photography - Do you charge up front?

I am in the process of setting up a wedding photography business. I have chosen to ask for 50% up front. However I am unsure as to when I should ask for the final installment or whether I should ask ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 short ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...