Pricing

5 years 9 months ago #397550 by some1sangel
How do you price a photograph starting at 8x10 and moving up.  Do you recommend signing your piece and numbering or leaving a small water mark?  My piece is rated "All Time Best".  Any advice would be appreciated.


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5 years 9 months ago #397603 by photobod
You have to work out your own pricing based on your own set of circumstances, ie: travel time, petrol costs, time taken to get your shot, overheads, taxes etc etc, I could name a price which is good for me but may seem high or low to you, as for signing, again it's a personal preference some people do some people don't, I personally like to sign mine, sorry this isn't a definitive answer but I don't think there is one !!!

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5 years 9 months ago #397605 by some1sangel
thanks for your input!


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5 years 9 months ago #397651 by garyrhook

some1sangel wrote: How do you price a photograph starting at 8x10 and moving up.  Do you recommend signing your piece and numbering or leaving a small water mark?  My piece is rated "All Time Best".  Any advice would be appreciated.


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You figure out the cost of materials, the time spent in editing, what it took to capture the image, and how many copies you're going to sell. Then you figure out how much money you need to make for all of the time it took to do that (your net salary) and add them together. Then you add a margin on top of that. There is no single answer.

I can say that I know a pro photographer that charges $400 / hour for shooting. That's enough to cover all of the other stuff that goes into the work, and he does not price it out separately. I (currently) charge $75 / hour to just shoot.

Another element here is that the size of the print is somewhat irrelevant. It takes precisely the same amount of work to create a 4x6 as it does a 16x20. The only difference is the cost of materials to produce the actual print, and the difference is really not that much. I would suggest you refrain from taking size into consideration.

As for signing, no. On the matte, on the back.  Numbering? That's done, sure, for fine art. Watermark? Not for a portrait, but again, probably not at all. I would mount the print and affix a business card to the back.


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5 years 9 months ago #397662 by Alan Nunez
If you in an industry that commonly sell prints like portraiture or weddings then doing some research in you local area to see what you competitors charge can be a good start. Don't be afraid to charge a high price for your prints as a lot of work goes into them. 


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5 years 9 months ago #397686 by some1sangel
thanks so much.


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5 years 9 months ago #397688 by some1sangel
thank you


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5 years 9 months ago #397809 by garyrhook
You're very welcome.


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5 years 9 months ago #397810 by garyrhook
Not at all.


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