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photography pricing advice
show user profile  9krausec
So a realtor friend of mine was interested in having me take photos of various property that he is trying to sell and he would pay me for it..

Some of them would just be external shots, and other would be external and internal..

I figured I would do them in HDR to bring out the colors a little bit (none of that extreme hdr stuff, just a little bit to make it look nice)..

So, he's a friend, don't want to over charge, how much would fair to charge?

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11/24/2011 3:09:49 AM (last edit: 11/24/2011 3:09:49 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Expecting the usual 'how long is a piece of string' answer. So I'll jump in first:

Since he's a friend, ask him how much he's willing to pay you.
Use your brain to figure out if that amount is worth the time and effort you will invest in taking the pictures.
If not, negotiate higher or tell him you're not interested.
If so, get snapping.

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11/24/2011 5:29:02 AM (last edit: 11/24/2011 5:29:56 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
Alright. Sorry for the vague question..

I was thinking 75-100 dollars a house.. I think that would be a decent price for a few nice HDRs..

I'll see what happens.

Thanks LD.

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11/24/2011 6:36:24 AM (last edit: 11/24/2011 6:36:24 AM)
show user profile  reeves1984
Yeah just consider how long it'll take you, and how much you'd do it for based on that

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11/24/2011 11:51:32 AM (last edit: 11/24/2011 11:51:32 AM)
show user profile  del3d
75-100 for a house sounds puny. This is what you should charge per hour of your time. This is for your skill + equipment + processing work.
Keep in mind that aside from visiting the house and making a few clicks you will need to fiddle around with the photos. Some cropping, some balancing, you will need to get them over to your friend for review, burn a CD for him or email it or put it online. All of this work is part of the process.
It would be a good idea to charge per photo not per house, I think.
Good luck and let us know how it went.
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11/24/2011 2:47:54 PM (last edit: 11/24/2011 2:47:54 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
alright. Thanks! I'm glad I asked you folks.. I haven't ever charged for photography before, so I had no clue where to start and it sounds like I have a few more people interested in me taking house photos!

This is going to help me out over the summer since I won't be working as a waiter (partially because I have started to hate people, and also because I want to go through the EscapeStudios 3ds max and Vray, Maya essential tutorial and a drawing tutorial (over 200 hours of tutorials all put together...)

You get some damn nice prices as a student, I'm going to miss it once I graduate..

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11/24/2011 3:33:48 PM (last edit: 11/24/2011 3:33:48 PM)
show user profile  nm8r
You can charge a day rate plus PS retouching work per image, travel expenses,equipment rental, licensing fees etc. Usually if HDRI is involved, the day rate includes the processing of the HDR images. You will definitely need at least 5 Auto Exposure Brackets for contrasty interior images. 3AEB can work with exteriors. Also invest in a digital gray card so you can fix any problems with white balance in post. Many interiors have both fluorescent and incandescent light sources which could get tricky. Day rates are usually 4 figures depending on your experience. I won't give you an exact number because New York city rates will not apply everywhere else. That will also depend on your client's budget and how much you want to get the project. If it will be a learning experience for you getting paid for a job is what's important.
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11/24/2011 5:39:53 PM (last edit: 11/24/2011 8:16:41 PM)
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