What would you charge to license a photograph?

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  1. zgirl21

    zgirl21 TPF Noob!

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    As of today (yeay!) one of my pictures is on the cover of a NYT best seller. I did it for a friend and licensed it to him for a low flat fee because of our personal friendship. Last night I got a call from a publisher who will be producing a small run of this book in large print (for visually impaired people). She wants to know what I'm going to charge to license the picture - and I have no idea what to tell her! I did a google search and found a few calculators, but they didn't seem to apply to this situation. So - the picture is the cover of the book, the run is about 900, and the distribution is nationwide. Any suggestions or experience in this area would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks!!
     
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    One of the stock websites comes to mind; I can't remember the name. I believe it's iStockphoto.com, but I'm not sure. Whichever one it is, you can search for pictures whose usage and subject matter most closely match yours. A number of photos will likely be displayed, each with prices associated with them; but as you seem to understand, the price is contingent upon a lot of variables.


     
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    This is a good situation for you, and heres why.

    They are making this book so that it will sell. (shock)
    Brand recognition is important. One of the ways that people recognize the book that your photo is on, is by your photo.
    If they run this book without your photograph than it will not sell as well, and they know it.
    You're not in a situation where you can charge whatever you want. However you can charge more than would be able to if your photo were not on the other book.

    So I would say charge a bit more than what your research tells you to charge.
     
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    Sounds like you are asking this question a little late, but that is another matter. Current situation. Charge between 650 - 1,500 dollars. This price reflects a one time reproduction fee. Do not sell the copyright of the image.

    Love & Bass
     
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    This is probably a little bit high for many markets. For publishing runs under 10,000 units (and 900 is way, way under this) the average price for an unknown photographer is probably closer to $500ish.
     
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    Interesting thread. I too just had an offer from a book company in France that is interested in possibly up to 10 of my images for an educational book. Im currently talking to a few photogs about price too. Will keep my eye here, and see what comes up. :D
     
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    That's the range I was thinking of too. I'm going to tell her $500 and see what she says. Yeah, I'm an unknown photographer... but this is a good way to get my name on the map!

    If you want to see the cover of the book, look here.
     
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    I just wanted to say, that's freaking COOL!

    Congrats.
     
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    Congrats, whatever happens! Cool photo too!
     
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    Nice work! I have no idea on the pricing, but congratulations on the cover. I hope it is a springboard to even more in the future.:thumbup:
     
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    Nice shot. So how did everything turn out? I am way late on this thread, but I saw the book cover and had to respond as I just finished reading that book. Great job.
     
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    The OP was last active on the forums 02-15-2009.

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