How much would you charge to edit a photo?

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  1. DGMPhotography

    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Just curious what people's going rates are, for basic editing (adjustments, skin smoothing, making people skinnier).

    I normally charge $35 per photo. Is that realistic?

    I quoted that for a lady, and she insulted me, saying that was ridiculous... gotta love being in the arts.


     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    You should have replied, "Well, ma'am, you ain't exactly a striking beauty............". j/k!
     
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    If it's part of the shoot, it's included in the image fee. If it's outside that, $125/hr, 1/4 hr minimum. $35 to do a full work-up on a digital file doesn't seem unreasonable to me.
     
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    Most people think photoshop jobs can be done in seconds or even automatically by the program. And never consider the cost of the computer equipment and the software. Let alone agree you should be paid a fair wage.
     
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    Light Guru Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Charge by the hour. Some images take a long time.


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    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Only reason I don't do that is if an image only take a few minutes, I make like a couple dollars? And that devalues my work.

    That means if I'm good at my job and can get a photo done faster, I'm punished for having gotten more done in less time.

    Why you shouldn’t charge by the hour: A guide to value-based pricing - Crew.co
     
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    If I was buying, and I never have for photo edits, I would prefer a fixed price. I get nervous with hourly charges that you control. I might accept an hourly charge if there was a maximum.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Not if you do it corrrectly.
     
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    AlanKlein No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    By the way, my way would satisfy you complaint about getting punished for doing a great job quickly. Maybe a minimum price with a not to exceed amount based on time. Let's say minimum $35 not to exceed $100 for special cloning or furnishing different final results based on what the buyer might be looking for. Something like that. By the way, the amounts I use are just guesses because I have no experience pricing these things or even buying them. I'm showing them to explain structure of pricing.
     
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    I'm not a professional, so I'm talking without experience but I would think it would depend on the amount of editing you had to do, and what you think your time is worth. Good quality editors on the level of graphic artists, I've heard make anywhere from $100 to $300 per hour. Wham, bam, LR basic edits on multiple images using the synch button could be profitable a $5/shot on 20 shots. More detailed editing either in LR or PS on individual photos might easily tie up a couple of hours.
     
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    That's what you call an insult? Or was there more to it?
     
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    you might find it worth it to talk to @e.rose , she started her own phot editing company to companion her shooting...
     
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