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What to charge?!

LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
31 Mar 2009 9:57PM
Sorry, I realise this question is asked a lot on here, and is difficult to answer, but it's the first time I've been approached for anything other than a print..

A project manager is working for the local council on a project finding out if there's demand for a creative industries centre locally, and is doing an 'eshot' to promote the research, and wants to use a couple of my images (found from my website) in the eshot (a low res pdf). The eshot will be sent to about 400 contacts, and would credit me, but she asked re cost and copyright.

It doesn't sound like a big thing, so I don't imagine any costs would be much, but has anyone any idea where to start?
Or should I ask what she anticipates paying?
Is 50 strictly for the use given a reasonable amount?
Or is it not worth charging, and just hope my images are used and serve to promote myself?

I know it's a very small thing, but as I said, it's the first time I've been asked something like this, and I value the feedback from you guys. Smile

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Chris_H 13 1.5k 1
31 Mar 2009 10:21PM

Quote:Or is it not worth charging, and just hope my images are used and serve to promote myself?

It is definitely worth charging, with only 400 contacts and just a credit its highly unlikely you would get any future business out of this from other clients and if you charge a client a cheap price or no price its very hard to put up your prices in the future.

LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
31 Mar 2009 10:25PM
Thanks Chris. Is 50 reasonable? Pricing is very difficult. I am inclined to ask what price they anticipate paying first.
discreetphoton 12 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 10:50PM
Ask them what they think is fair. If the answer they give is unreasonable, walk. I've seen your stuff, and I would say it's got mass appeal. Check what sort of resolution they have in mind, because otherwise you could be handing out four hundred free prints. PDFs can print out farily well, so it's something to consider.
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
31 Mar 2009 10:53PM
Yes, I thought of that, I would need to make sure the resolution isn't sufficient for printing. Thanks David.
discreetphoton 12 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 11:05PM
Any time Smile
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
1 Apr 2009 12:04PM
Well, I asked them to name a fair price, and they suggested 50, which is the figure I had in mind. The images are very small resolution, and have been sent now, so that was amazingly smooth. Thanks for the support here.
discreetphoton 12 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 6:33PM
Glad it all turned out to be mutually profitable Leigh.
gcdj 8 6 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2009 5:03PM
Hello there. I have my own website but am new at this and don't know how to set it up so that people can find my images without knowing my name. In your question via the Forum section you ask about how much to ask for some of your images that have been found on the www I believe you said. How do you do this.

Thank you so much - Gina
Hope the unplanned shoot went well with your son and his friends - I'd love to see the outputs!
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
3 Apr 2009 5:55PM
Thanks Gina. The lads had fun, and I may have got a couple of shots worth keeping, so, yes it went well.

I think people just find pictures by their titles and little descriptions, but it's very rare that people find a new website like that I think. Most hits to my site are either epz links or people actively searching for my name, or directly accessing because they know the web address. to my knowledge this was the first time someone has wanted something from my site without first having seen prints in a gallery.

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