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Old 18-05-2007, 02:07   #1 (permalink)
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I took photos at a music festival last year on a whim for a music magazine I freelance with. They published a few of the shots, I got paid 50 bucks for it, both sides were happy. End result: I was contacted by the guy running the event for this year about press kit photos and shooting the upcoming festival.

I've never actually had a request like this come up, so I have no idea how to price it.

Specifics of the deal:
1. Press Kit
The guy who is running the gig also happens to be one of the DJ's who performed last year. I have pictures of him during his show. He wants to use some of them for his press kit.

2. The Festival
The festival is coming up in a few months, and he expressed interest in having me as one of the event photographers. It's an all day gig, four or five music stages, easily 150 booths/vendors, and draws a fairly large crowd. No charge to attend.


So for any of you who have done this kind of thing in the past, any tips you can offer in terms of pricing would be most appreciated. It's still wide open in terms of bargaining, and I need an idea of what I should be asking for my price. Thanks!
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Re: Pricing dilemma

I would recommend using the forum search and including 'Gary Bagshawe' as the member who posted the answer. It will bring back suitable pricing for you based on a per hour gig. All you then need to do is convert those to your currency and you should have a good rough estimate.

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Looks like the deal may be off. The guy seems to have some notion that he's going to get the images of his show for free for the press kit. He wants me to email him the files. HA. I'll probably be sending him a link to a gallery where he can purchase the digital file at different resolutions.

On top of that, he's looking for volunteer photographers to document the festival, and not to actually hire anyone as he initially impressed. Not a big deal, I'm shooting the event for my own portfolio anyways. If they want shots, I'll offer web resolution under the agreement that they only be used by the festival's website, and nowhere else.

On a plus note, I did find some crazy price ranges from photographers in the area. Ranging from 5 to 500 bucks for the actual digital file of the image. Of course, the 5 dollar was a personal license and in 1MP, and the 500 was a commercial license at 4MP.
The average I was finding was from 50 to 200 dollars for the type of use the guy was looking for, and about the same cost per hour to hire someone to shoot that kind of event. Sorta fits my initial urge to ask for 75-100.

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