Cost Structures

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  1. mikernak

    mikernak TPF Noob!

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    How do i evaluate a cost per shot?

    Take into consideration we do not want to use totals of expenses... in this figure.

    We want it to be purely a figure of cost of time.

    Any suggestions of where i should go.

    I shoot for a large catalog... and expenses go into one budget, salaries go into another, etc.

    thanks,

    Mikernak
     
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    lkWinnipesaukee TPF Noob!

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    Erm... you mean cost per shutter actuation?


    A camera costs $500, and a shutter has to be replaced every 50,000 shots at a cost of $200. The lens is $300, so the total of $1000 for the first 50,000 shots, or $0.02 per shot.


    Like that?
     
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    This is how we figure the cost per image where I work:
    Cost of equipment divided by the life of the equipment, we change camera bodies every 2 years or 730 days. a lens has a life expectancy of 5 years or 1725 days, a flash has a life expectancy of 5 years or 1725 days, batteries have a life expectancy of 2 years or 730 days, the cases have a 5 year or 1725 day life, studio lights are changed every 5 years or 1275 days, camera cards every 3 years or 1095 days and the cost of straps, caps and tape, etc ($500 per year per photographer) or 365 days.
    We divide the items individually then (only the ones figured at more than a year) divide those items by the expected life of the item add that and divide by 365.
    Confusing but pretty darn close.
     
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    Do you multiply shots taken by amount to get weighted cost per image?
     

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