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How much to charge for photos?
Took some photos on a river cruise last summer, and posted on my website. Sent the link to some of the folks I cruised with, and to the /img/avatar2.jpg of the cruise business. I mentioned that if he liked them and wanted to use them on his site, to contact me regarding selling the photos for use on his company website advertising the cruise. Well, it took six months, but he finally replied, and wants to buy some..

Anyone got ideas on what I should charge for such photos? They will be used to promote the cruise business on their website. Any resources anyone could recommend would be appreciated, as well as personal experience.Richard Lanehttp://www.pbase.com\jacqueauxSee profile for equipment..

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I don't have an answer for you, but perhaps you would get the best answer from the Pro Digital Talk forum..

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Comment #1

Not much. No offense but only the Eagle shots are anything good. They don't seem all that interested and wouldn't you rather have them buy something rather than nothing..

Maybe someone will say something else, but I wouldn't charge more than $100 or they probably won't bite. If it was an ocean cruiseline with big bucks, I'd sing a different tune. But face it, these guys aren't really rolling in the dough..

My opinion only...

Comment #2

They've actually chosen about 8-10 shots that they want to use. $100 for the whole lot?Richard Lanehttp://www.pbase.com\jacqueauxSee profile for equipment..

Comment #3

Simply put, which is more important, the money or the exposure..

Next, do you truly feel those images are ones you want associated with your "name", as in your being a professional who gets paid for his imagery?.

I have lots of images on my own website ( probably 90% or more)which I would never want shown, if I ever expected to showcase my work, in the hopes of illiciting busniess and presenting myself as a professional..

I would suggest you trade off with this guy. let him use your images, with a credit below each image used(possibly a link t yoru site) and he allows you to go on another cruise, with the idea of getting even better images..

Let him pass the word along to others. Think of this guy as a Bird dog, let him find your next meal..

I'd also suggest you create another website, within your own, for your personal work and leave your main site as a showcase of your very best work..

If youa re going to start charging people, then only let potential customers see that which will justify your fee.Dave PattersonMidwestshutterbug.com'When the light and composition are strong, nobodynotices things like resolution or pincushion distortion'Gary Friedman..

Comment #4

Yes, $100 sounds fair. Have it on an invoice and do it in person. Also bring a blank amount invoice. If he balks at $100, then ask him what he thinks is fair and at $10 to it...

Comment #5

Can't do it in person. I'm in Texas, he's in British Columbia!Richard Lanehttp://www.pbase.com\jacqueauxSee profile for equipment..

Comment #6

Well, you'll just have to be extra attentive for pauses and such while you're on the phone..

At any rate, I think you should try to get paid. Sure it would be exciting to have the brochure; but there's just something about getting paid that does so much more for our egos and makes us feel lots more vindicated for our sincere attempts at taking photographs. If he says no, then just lower the offer. But try to get something. And maybe since it's Valentine's day you can use the money as a sort of "free dinner" somewhere nice...

Comment #7

I get the impression from what I've read that you generally either get paid for photos for web use or have them credit your photos on the site, but not both? Ideally, I'd think you'd wantboth. Or am I misunderstanding something here?Richard Lanehttp://www.pbase.com\jacqueauxSee profile for equipment..

Comment #8

I think you can get both..

Look, all you have to do is embed your name into the image. Then it's there. They could clip it off, but most people won't. Anyway, sure, ask for both..

All I'm saying is that they're probably not a big outfit so be prepared to negociate. BUt sure, get paid! ..

Comment #9

Midwest Shutterbug wrote:.

Simply put, which is more important, the money or the exposure..

Next, do you truly feel those images are ones you want associatedwith your "name", as in your being a professional who gets paid forhis imagery?.

I have lots of images on my own website ( probably 90% or more)whichI would never want shown, if I ever expected to showcase my work, inthe hopes of illiciting busniess and presenting myself as aprofessional..

I would suggest you trade off with this guy. let him use your images,with a credit below each image used(possibly a link t yoru site) andhe allows you to go on another cruise, with the idea of getting evenbetter images..

Let him pass the word along to others. Think of this guy as a Birddog, let him find your next meal..

I'd also suggest you create another website, within your own, foryour personal work and leave your main site as a showcase of yourvery best work..

If youa re going to start charging people, then only let potentialcustomers see that which will justify your fee.Dave PattersonMidwestshutterbug.com'When the light and composition are strong, nobodynotices things like resolution or pincushion distortion'Gary Friedman.

Great idea. Trade the images for a free cruise. I'm not sure what kind of cruises he offers, but the ones I've seen are $3000-5000. That might be more than he'd part with in cash, but the cost to him to let you take an otherwise unsold spot on a cruise is minimal..

You don't usually get both payment and credit for your work, unless you have a strong negotiating position...

Comment #10

Richard I have reviewed the web pictures and IMHO I believe you have several very usable pictures for both web and print. The ones of scenics with near to far showing the enviroment. People in boat, and some birds. Let them pick and you can invoice from there. I always believe in getting paid for my work. Publication for exposure will get you exactly that exposure to a limited audience.

Print goes by the number of brochures they intend on printing and number of photos. Checkhttp://www.editorialphoto.com for more professional answers and pricing suggestions. The prices on EP go from low to high depending on how well you are known and work published. Go for the low number and negotiate from there. Remember if you give your work away for nothing that is exactily what it is worth.Let the light in!.

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