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Guillermo Tenorio Pindter
 

Selling the original file to a client


I was hired to take pictures of the Salvation Army Band during practice. This pictures will be pirchased in different ways. My clinet wants to purchase some of the digital files so they can use them for their CD covers, brochures, advertising posters, etc. and want to manipulate them to fit their needs. My question is how much should I charge for each file. How do I Figure out a good price. (some 500+ pictures taken total most of them are useful for what they want).I really want to be hired again for their next shoot and do not want to scare them by pricing the files too high. Hope you can help me get to an answer.


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2/7/2005 5:17:14 PM

 
Bunny Snow
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  Once they have your images, it will fill their needs and they won't need you any longer.

This happened to me when a far right religious group hired me to take pictures for their album cover. I quoted a price that included my basic sitting and told them prints are priced separately depending upon the size and quantity.

Unfortunately, I did not require a contract be signed when taking the pictures and they wanted all pictures at the sitting price.

My advice to you is get a contractual agreement with everything in writing. Because once they have your originals, you've lost re-orders. Also, set your initial sitting charge high, because you'll not make additional moneys once they have your images.

Don't be fooled and you won't be ripped off!

Voice of experience.


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2/7/2005 8:48:46 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Sounds like the same way it's done with any other band. Except they don't get 500 pictures. They get what's going to be on the cd cover.
This isn't the typical portrait type of charging differently for 8x10 versus 11x14. It's about a picture that's in a useable form for them, and the extent of it's use. Pick the best, or what they think is the best. Sell them those. You want to get hired again, let them hire you again to shoot a different looking cover. You give them all 500, should be enough variety to not to ever need to come back.
Salvation Army cd's aren't cranked out like typical pop star cd's.


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2/8/2005 1:19:44 AM

 
Bunny Snow
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  Gregory has a much better answer to your problem. I've dealt mostly with portraits rather than commercial jobs, per se.

But, you shouldn't lose ownership of your pictures. I still think a contract up front stated the use for sold pictures should be stated, so that you have grounds on which to stand, and all the cards are on the table.


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2/8/2005 7:28:45 AM

 
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