Online request for a photo - price and parameters?

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  1. skywalkerbeth

    skywalkerbeth TPF Noob!

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    Hi everyone

    I got a flickr-mail from a guy (musician/composer) this week (and a second, more urgent follow up last night) asking me if he could use my below photo for the cover art for a choral piece that he will be self-publishing. Not sure if that means "online" or a CD cover, or what...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/skywalkerbeth/1573164926/

    If I were to do so, I was considering telling him:

    1. nonexclusive rights
    2. my name must be used
    3. my website address (probably blog, since I don't have a specific website yet) must be used
    4. price ?? (75 bucks? I doubt I'd get much for it, and this would be maybe my first actual sale of a photo).

    Is there anything else you could think of? I was planning to tell him that for that price I wouldn't give him a full sized file (i.e. I don't want him to be able to make a 24x 36 poster for himself). I also have that same photo taken with my P&S camera, and I may use that one instead because he can do less "damage" with a smaller file if he ends up sending it far and wide.
    Thanks everyone... if I "sell", this is exciting - first one!

    Beth
     
  2. Mike30D

    Mike30D TPF Noob!

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    You need to ask him what size he needs for his project and some type of contract needs to be written up. Check out [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Business-Legal-Forms-Photographers-CD-ROM/dp/158115206X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1222527051&sr=1-2]Business Forms for Photographers.[/ame] I would also find out how many are going to be published, that would be a factor in what my price would be.
     
  3. Brian Austin

    Brian Austin TPF Noob!

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    I'd get the info that Mike suggested and hit a few stock libraries, like iStockphoto.com or something. Price a similar image out at similar requirements (it covers size, distribution, length of distribution, etc.). Then discount it from there.
     

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