Value of my photographs

CreativesifuCreativesifu Photography StudentRegistered Users Posts: 16 Big grins
edited November 16, 2007 in Mind Your Own Business
:dunno I recently starting shooting football games. I have shot 8 so far. The last one was a bowl game. As usual I passed out my cards, but this time somebody contacted me (Div II. Conference Office) and wants to buy my shots.

I took over 400 shots at the game, what is the fair market value for my work. I like taking photos, but I really don't have any experience in this matter.

They want to publish them on their website. I would like to get the exposure, without getting ripped off. This would be my first paying client. Any suggestions? :deal

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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkRegistered Users Posts: 50,154 Major grins
    edited December 12, 2004
    pricing photography
    ne_nau.gif I recently starting shooting football games. I have shot 8 so far. The last one was a bowl game. As usual I passed out my cards, but this time somebody contacted me (Div II. Conference Office) and wants to buy my shots.

    I took over 400 shots at the game, what is the fair market value for my work. I like taking photos, but I really don't have any experience in this matter.

    They want to publish them on their website. I would like to get the exposure, without getting ripped off. This would be my first paying client. Any suggestions? deal.gif

    some very good resources here
  • wxwaxwxwax Immoderator Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited December 12, 2004
    Fascinating link, Andy. I was going to mention only one of their criteria: whatever the market will bear.
    Sid.
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  • CreativesifuCreativesifu Photography Student Registered Users Posts: 16 Big grins
    edited December 14, 2004
    Regardless of skill level of photographer.
    Supplemental Info. I am shooting Div II football. Budgets may be limited. I was shocked that they called me there were plenty (10-20) professionals at the game. I'm guessing they worked for newspapers and the schools. I didn't even get issued a press pass (despite filling out paperwork in advance), I had to sneak/network my way onto the field. The game was televised on ESPN II

    Would anybody mind looking at the photos? email me at [email protected] & I will provide you a link to my ofoto page.

    By your opinions how many good photos do I have by percentage or number. I deliver pizza by day and I have no photography training. I just purchased a used digital rebel from KEH (no manual) Thanksgiving. Hope to take class in January. What you have provided is more than I think I am workth. I would be happy with $200-300, but some say go for $500-750. Anything over $180 would cover my actual expenses.

    Oh yeah, can I sell (license) the same lot of photos to both conferences?
  • ginger_55ginger_55 Crazy Creek Babe Registered Users Posts: 8,416 Major grins
    edited December 25, 2004
    HELP, a good thing, though...selling prints.....
    I can't see that this belongs in the Hall of Wisdom, but I try not to cover someone's recent thread. And this goes along with another thread here re the value of photographs.

    I posted some ballet photos, Christmas ones, the one in the shadows challenge, etc. I posted them on FredMiranda's site. I just got a response asking if they are available for print.

    I am frozen solid. Right now all my photos are at cost as a Christmas thing for my family and friend. I had not been selling any, so I made the photos available at cost til the first of the year.

    I am not only frozen on raising the prices and how much........I guess I could muddle on through that. My prices have been kind of low IMO anyway, but it all helps towards renewing the site without pain.

    However, this selling of prints is kind of a whole new and different world for me. I know that tomorrow, today, is Christmas.

    After that settles, when someone has some time could we discuss what is involved in really setting up a site from which to sell prints. I know Andy does that.

    I cannot tell you how frozen I am. I doubt I will have to answer her til tomorrow or so. She can't expect me to be up in the middle of the night. But this is something I have wanted to do, and it seems there would be more to it than just putting a price on all the photos in a gallery. For one, my site goes from family to dgrin to my pleasures, dogs, just ...........

    HELP

    I think others might benefit, too. My son is a web designer. $50.00 an hour I think. But he just had a new baby, and is swamped, sick, etc. Has a day job with an architectural firm. I will talk to him, too. but HELP, please.

    ginger

    This is the note that was left:


    Re: Pictures of Christmas
    [font=Geneva, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]beautiful. do you have these available for print? my daughter would love these.

    ____________________________
    [/font]









    After all is said and done, it is the sweet tea.
  • CreativesifuCreativesifu Photography Student Registered Users Posts: 16 Big grins
    edited December 26, 2004
    Merry Christmas
    Went to Some different sites to get pricing information on prints.

    Nba.com
    Professional photographers thru the NBA website have established these prices for game photos. Not sure who gets profit.
    8x10= 14.95
    16x20= 29.95

    Ofoto.com
    4x6= .29
    5x7= .99
    8x10= 3.99
    16x20= 17.99
    20x30= 22.99

    This service would provide no profit to you but, you could post the photos, and let them print what they want. I do that for players and cheerleaders who ask me for photos. No hassle for you at Christmas. (No work)

    Or you can find out what photos they want, and print them yourself at home on a high quality inkjet. (too much work)

    Option 4 burn'em a cd and charge $15+ depending on the number of images. (Little work) thumb.gif
  • Aaron WilsonAaron Wilson The VETTE Man Registered Users Posts: 339 Major grins
    edited January 3, 2005
    what would copyright be?
    If you were to shoot a pro game like the 49ers or raiders or so on... would you be able to sell those pictures are are they copy righted until you have a signature from that player or coach or cheerleader? As if you shoot for a school, the school give you the right to shoot the game for year book or so on?
    www.dipphoto.com
    All feed back is welcomed!!

    http://www.dipphoto.com/

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  • CreativesifuCreativesifu Photography Student Registered Users Posts: 16 Big grins
    edited January 11, 2005
    Followup the conference balked at my $500 asking price for the 400 photographs, so I offered them $125 per photo, they balked again. Said they had somebodyelse who was cheaper and they would send my cd's back. Following your advice I saw some websites that charge up to $600 a day or 250-500 per photograph. I laughed at that because they called me!So I know they are full of ....

    I feel good for asking for the money though. I worked my two cheeks off at that game. I could have bought me some new glass (Lenses) & a flash with that money. I made a spreadsheet contract which I can use in the future. So I am a little better prepared for next time.

    Oh well!
  • bhambham Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,296 Major grins
    edited January 18, 2005
    If you were to shoot a pro game like the 49ers or raiders or so on... would you be able to sell those pictures are are they copy righted until you have a signature from that player or coach or cheerleader? As if you shoot for a school, the school give you the right to shoot the game for year book or so on?
    You own the copyright on any photo you shoot (I believe it is life + 50yrs, something like that, photography as a business books). From my understanding there was a recent court ruling involving Tiger Woods and someone selling photos of him. Tiger lost. One of the important things to come out of the case was the picture was taken at a "public event" a golf tournament. So you could sell the picture of the player, coach, cheerleader as long as it was a public event.

    If you were doing a work for hire, such as for a newspaper they "own" the copyright, since you are doing work for them, this is usually the case except were amended by contractual agreement. The guy shooting for SI and using all SI equipment. Basically the photos become property of SI. You are hired by College A to shoot their sporting events, and they then use those photos in brochures, etc. Those photos copyright belong to the school.

    Hope this helps
    "A photo is like a hamburger. You can get one from McDonalds for $1, one from Chili's for $5, or one from Ruth's Chris for $15. You usually get what you pay for, but don't expect a Ruth's Chris burger at a McDonalds price, if you want that, go cook it yourself." - me
  • wxwaxwxwax Immoderator Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited January 18, 2005
    bham, with regard to ownership of the images in a work-for-hire situation... my outfit makes sure the shooters sign an agreement. It's not a clear-cut area, from what I understand.
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
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  • wingerwinger Major grins Registered Users Posts: 694 Major grins
    edited January 19, 2005
    bham wrote:
    You own the copyright on any photo you shoot (I believe it is life + 50yrs, something like that, photography as a business books). From my understanding there was a recent court ruling involving Tiger Woods and someone selling photos of him. Tiger lost. One of the important things to come out of the case was the picture was taken at a "public event" a golf tournament. So you could sell the picture of the player, coach, cheerleader as long as it was a public event.

    If you were doing a work for hire, such as for a newspaper they "own" the copyright, since you are doing work for them, this is usually the case except were amended by contractual agreement. The guy shooting for SI and using all SI equipment. Basically the photos become property of SI. You are hired by College A to shoot their sporting events, and they then use those photos in brochures, etc. Those photos copyright belong to the school.

    Hope this helps
    not necessairly it depends on how the agreement/ contract is set up. I shoot for a college and i retain all the rights to my photos but they can use them for any promotional items they want. If they want to make money off of them or sell them we renegoiate based on what it is (like we are working on something for selling my photos right of the athletics web page which would be HUGE exposure for me)
  • bhambham Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,296 Major grins
    edited January 19, 2005
    winger wrote:
    not necessairly it depends on how the agreement/ contract is set up. I shoot for a college and i retain all the rights to my photos but they can use them for any promotional items they want. If they want to make money off of them or sell them we renegoiate based on what it is (like we are working on something for selling my photos right of the athletics web page which would be HUGE exposure for me)
    Yes each case is what is negotiated by both of the parties. But from my knowledge most work for hire the employer wants the rights to the photos, for unlimited use. But every case is different. I was trying to give an example where he would not own the rights to the pictures, maybe I wasn't clear.

    Well I think he understands the general idea now. If more detail questions, research on the net or library, or ask here.
    "A photo is like a hamburger. You can get one from McDonalds for $1, one from Chili's for $5, or one from Ruth's Chris for $15. You usually get what you pay for, but don't expect a Ruth's Chris burger at a McDonalds price, if you want that, go cook it yourself." - me
  • DoctorItDoctorIt vrooom! Administrators Posts: 11,950 moderator
    edited January 29, 2005
    I was going to start a new thread on this, but I think it will add well to the content of this thread.

    Last fall, I shot a mountain bike race here at UMass (for my own fun - raced and ran the cyling team at UMass for years, now I'm too slow to race, but still love going to races). After the fact, a reporter from the local paper contacted me about an article she had been asked to write for a magazine about our club. She had used a photo of mine in her paper before. that was great exposure - she couldn't pay me for it, but i got a nice big credit. BUT, in this magazine article that just came out, I got no credit. It's not really her fault, she had asked them to credit me, but they didn't. The photo was submitted by me - I emailed it to them saying "please include this photo with said article by said person". I didn't make any further official agreements with the magazine.

    So do I have an argument? Or is it a lost cause? Just looking for credit, something I can stick in my portfolio.
    Erik
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  • wxwaxwxwax Immoderator Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited January 29, 2005
    DoctorIt wrote:
    I was going to start a new thread on this, but I think it will add well to the content of this thread.

    Last fall, I shot a mountain bike race here at UMass (for my own fun - raced and ran the cyling team at UMass for years, now I'm too slow to race, but still love going to races). After the fact, a reporter from the local paper contacted me about an article she had been asked to write for a magazine about our club. She had used a photo of mine in her paper before. that was great exposure - she couldn't pay me for it, but i got a nice big credit. BUT, in this magazine article that just came out, I got no credit. It's not really her fault, she had asked them to credit me, but they didn't. The photo was submitted by me - I emailed it to them saying "please include this photo with said article by said person". I didn't make any further official agreements with the magazine.

    So do I have an argument? Or is it a lost cause? Just looking for credit, something I can stick in my portfolio.


    Interesting. I suspect your e-mail can be construed as giving them limited rights to use your photo. They might lose in a suit, but you're not likely to take it that far and they know it.

    Given that the article's already been printed, what kind of credit do you now want? If you can figure out something practical, it doesn't hurt to make your case, to say that you gave permission on the understanding that the magazine would give you credit, based on the writer's word, and that she was acting as an agent of the publication.

    But I'd say it's a lesson learned. Put your conditions in writing when you submit work. Either they agree or they cannot use the photo. It's your property.
    Sid.
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  • AngeloAngelo Turning frowns upsidedown Super Moderators Posts: 8,937 moderator
    edited February 2, 2005
    I may be too late to be of help but for future, consider checking out a commercial licensing site such as www.gettyone.com or www.eyewire.com

    There you can get plenty of insight to the cost of images for various types of uses, both licensed and royalty free.
  • Erik OlsenErik Olsen maneman Registered Users Posts: 65 Big grins
    edited February 13, 2005
    How much to charge
    I was approached many times by various artists, and asked for permission to use my photographs for reference to create a painting.

    What does a photographer charge for that?
    Thank you,


  • Shay StephensShay Stephens Artist in Residence Registered Users Posts: 3,165 Major grins
    edited February 13, 2005
    Of course what you charge is up to you ultimately. But some standard fees are $150 - $250. Or another option is to charge 75% of your normal fee.

    Some considerations on price:
    1) The photo will be used for reference and the resulting artwork will not render the photo as recognizable in the artwork.
    2) The photo will be rendered as recognizable within the artwork.
    3) If used in advertising then typically the usage fee is based on regular advertising rates.
    Erik Olsen wrote:
    I was approached many times by various artists, and asked for permission to use my photographs for reference to create a painting.

    What does a photographer charge for that?
    Creator of Dgrin's "Last Photographer Standing" contest
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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkRegistered Users Posts: 50,154 Major grins
    edited February 13, 2005
    Of course what you charge is up to you ultimately. But some standard fees are $150 - $250. Or another option is to charge 75% of your normal fee.

    Some considerations on price:
    1) The photo will be used for reference and the resulting artwork will not render the photo as recognizable in the artwork.
    2) The photo will be rendered as recognizable within the artwork.
    3) If used in advertising then typically the usage fee is based on regular advertising rates.

    thanks for answering the call, shay clap.gif

    i also think that maybe a contingency is in order: charge 75% of normal fee, and then get a % of the take if the artwork is sold. maybe 15% if the artwork is in the $500 range, perhaps 10% if it's in the multi-thousand range. finally, you should ask or find out if the artwork could be sold and / or reproduced, say for advertising purposes, you'd want a piece of that. you can either negotiate this up front, or you can enforce a negoiation later by virtue of the image license you grant for the initial use. imagine the painting ending up as an absolut vodka ad, run in every magazine in the world......

    points to ponder, eh? deal.gif
  • ian408ian408 More wag. Less Bark. Administrators Posts: 21,595 moderator
    edited February 14, 2005
    Sounds like you need a contract lawyer :D

    I say that jokingly but wonder how you'd go about covering the bases.
    So, a trip to www.findlaw.com produced this list.

    Good luck.

    Ian
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  • 52Caddy52Caddy Major grins Registered Users Posts: 170 Major grins
    edited February 14, 2005
    Hey! My Wife works there!
    Part of Thomson publishing, the huge legal book publishers.

    FindLaw

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  • ian408ian408 More wag. Less Bark. Administrators Posts: 21,595 moderator
    edited February 14, 2005
    52Caddy wrote:
    Hey! My Wife works there!
    Tell her thanks! Then give her a big hug and a kiss.

    Afterwards, you can tell her how nice it is to have a well
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    Ian
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  • 52Caddy52Caddy Major grins Registered Users Posts: 170 Major grins
    edited February 14, 2005
    You're not being facetious, are you? She doesn't like the new designed front page at all. It is pretty good though.
  • ian408ian408 More wag. Less Bark. Administrators Posts: 21,595 moderator
    edited February 15, 2005
    52Caddy wrote:
    You're not being facetious, are you? She doesn't like the new designed front page at all. It is pretty good though.
    Not at all. It works for me.

    Ian
    Moderator Journeys/Sports/Big Picture :: Need some help with dgrin?
  • wxwaxwxwax Immoderator Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited February 19, 2005
    I've merged two similar threads into one very useful thread about pricing your work.

    And here's one additional link provided by a dgrinner.

    http://photographersindex.com/stockprice.htm
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
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  • David HartcornDavid Hartcorn Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 6 Beginner grinner
    edited February 19, 2005
    Hi-
    Learned a lot last year about selling photgraphs.

    1. I took a panoramic of the flooding in Annapolis MD after Hurricane Isabel.
    I hung it in a coffee shop, put a price tag of $45 on it It flew off the shelves, so I immediatley raised the price to $70. Why $70? Because it's what i would pay for it. Well, that price turned out to be the sweet spot, and I sold 875 of them in 9 months. About half those sales were wholesale, as I walked it around town, and got 5 dealers to sell them. For dealers, I would charge $35 as they need to double their price or they won't buy it. I gave them more favorable picing ( $29.75) if they bought 20 at a time. I also instituted strict price controls, and would cut off a dealer for discounting.

    I had it printed by an offset press, which greatly reduced my costbasis per print.I also invested in advertising it, as I figured the more peple that saw it, the more people that would buy it. This picture put me on the map as a photographer in Annapolis.

    2. I started shooting high school football as a lark...and it turned into something. Football is much harder to shoot then it looks especially at night games with failry poor lighting. So,, instead of shooting lots of action shots, I sort of documented a lot of the other stuff... players faces, line of scrimmage etc. I showed them at the team baquet and the parents went nuts! I sold then as a matted print in a plastic sleeve for the following:
    5x7 w/8x10 print $18
    8x10 print w 11-14 mat $ 20
    10x15 print w 16x20 mat $27

    I sold about $1,300 of these .I gave the coach about 10 pictures for free. Next year, he wants me to document the season, and i'llprint up a large coffee table book from www.mypublisher.com, and sell them for $150, plus I will set up a lightbox so players and parents can view indiviual pictures that may not be in the book, and order prints from me, which I will deliver at the banquet.

    The parents liked these so much , that now the lacrosse team wants the same treatment!

    Bottom line, price your stuff at the level you would pay for it, and create your own market.
  • David HartcornDavid Hartcorn Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 6 Beginner grinner
    edited February 19, 2005
    sorry, the previous reply went to the wrong thread
  • Aaron WilsonAaron Wilson The VETTE Man Registered Users Posts: 339 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2005
    clap.gif richard glad you posted tot he wrong page... great link! and you asweard some of my ?ans! lol
    www.dipphoto.com
    All feed back is welcomed!!

    http://www.dipphoto.com/

    :lust :lust
  • LiquidOpsLiquidOps Here to Learn Registered Users Posts: 835 Major grins
    edited March 22, 2005
    Another price question...

    ok... so here's what i'm dealing with. I've read through all I could and find that everything deals with advertising and sports and such... My question is this...

    What about wall prints. I mean... What are the guidelines for determining how much to charge for a print that is going to hang on someone's wall?

    8x10?

    bigger?

    I'm struggling at what prices to set for these. Below are a couple examples of what i'm talking about. Please advise...

    DSC00574_800.jpg

    DSC02641x800_bw.jpg

    DSC02699x800_crop.jpg

    Thanks,

    Steven
    Wandering Through Life Photography
    MM Portfolio

    Canon 30D | Canon 50mm f/1.8 | Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 | Canon Speedlite 580ex
  • LiquidOpsLiquidOps Here to Learn Registered Users Posts: 835 Major grins
    edited March 23, 2005
    I could really use some guidance here...

    or atleast tell me if i'm :deadhorse
    Wandering Through Life Photography
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    Canon 30D | Canon 50mm f/1.8 | Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 | Canon Speedlite 580ex
  • wxwaxwxwax Immoderator Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited March 23, 2005
    Why not go through smugmug galleries set up for sales of the kind you're talking about, and see what they charge? ne_nau.gif
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
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  • Ann McRaeAnn McRae SmugMug BizDev|Educator Registered Users Posts: 4,584 Major grins
    edited November 16, 2007
    This is a coool link, Sid. It has given me some guidance here.

    ann
    wxwax wrote:
    I've merged two similar threads into one very useful thread about pricing your work.

    And here's one additional link provided by a dgrinner.

    http://photographersindex.com/stockprice.htm
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