aloha :) is charging $20.00 too cheap??

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  1. travelingangie

    travelingangie TPF Noob!

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    • I'm just starting..an amateur basically. I have taken pictures of my friends before but for free. Is charging $20.00 for/2 hours/40 prints too cheap??


    suggestions suggestions please :blushing:

    :hugs: angie
     
  2. CW Jones

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    ummm well post some samples of your work $20 is maybe enough to cover 40 prints at Walmart with a coupon lol

    I would say generally no. Again tho post us some samples, if its just point and shoot with no thought or framing then $20 is probably fine
     
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    haha okay here's some of my black and white photographs..taken for my black and white photo class. please try and finish the entire slideshow and let me know whatcha think..some of the pics are overexposed lol

    itim&White photos :)

    Here's a couple of colored pictures http://www.travelingangelaphotography.blogspot.com/
    but I tool using my an old fuji s2 pro that dies every picture lol i have to keep turning it on again and again in order to take photos haha. now I got the nikon d5000 and i have taken photos. i will upload some of them tonight.. and i'll post it here.


    umm. i have never ever taken a digital photo class before so i guess yeah 20.00 is fine for someone like me.
     
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    You have a good eye for composition. I was really surprised since most people that ask this kind of question have a portfolio that barely demands $20.

    At this point you'd be better off trading your time for experience (maybe split the cost of prints with your subjects) and building your portfolio than you would be charging so little. You can barely cover your costs and by the time you're finished, you're making pennies an hour at best for quality photos.
     
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    Yeah, $20 is pretty much free after materials. Add in time & labor and you're paying them to take their picture.
     
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    Way too cheap. I think you'd be better off asking them to buy you lunch than that price while including prints. You want to be the Luxury photographer, not the discount cheapo photographer right. ;)
     
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    I agree with the other posters, you can't cover your costs at that price.
    I think the advice of trading their time for yours and you get to build your portfolio is good advice. Let them pay for prints they want for their own use and you get the rights to use the photos in your portfolio.

    However you decide to go I think you have a good eye and have done an excellent job so far. Can't wait to see what you can do with decent equipment. Good luck!
     
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    This is a new year joke, Right?
     
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    Just keep shooting for free until you don't have to ask if your work is good enough to accept money for.
    Taking pictures for people doesn't always mean you need to get paid for it.
    I make a lot of money with photography and I still shoot people for free all the time.
     
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    Hey guys thanks for the reply. The reason I asked is because there's a bunch of photo students in my school that charge 20.00. So I was just wondering.... just found out that they can print for free at school. That's why it's cheap. They can also check out equipment at school.

    but yeah, I wrote some sort of business plan and asked around about printing cost (snapfish etc.). So basically I will based the prices on printing cost.

    Today I will be taking pix of my friend and test printing using snapfish and mpix.

    and Shockey, I'm not asking if my work is good enough. I only askfor critiques so I can improve whatever needs improvement. .. but I know I do have a good eye.

    I've taken pictures for free before.. so many times. but using crappy equipments. now that I finally bought a good camera I figured maybe I can try earning money from my hobby. :sexywink:
     
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    Way too cheap. I liked your set. I think what shockey meant was if you were providing garbage photos then $20 would suffice:lol:
    But you should appreciate getting compliments like these. they are not as common as you may think. good luck with it
     
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    Don't sell yourself too short. You do have a good eye for composition. I would say try a trade off, find a model to shoot that is willing to do "Time for Prints" or "Time for CD" New models like doing this because they get portfolio pictures and experience... you like this because you get portfolio pictures and experience. Its a VERY fair trade off for someone looking to get deeper into photography.
     

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