WHATS THE GOING RATE?

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  1. whit~foto

    whit~foto TPF Noob!

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    I have a few questions. If anyone has helpful imformation on these questions it would be much appreciated. THANKS!

    What is the going rate to outsource your wedding images to be post-processed?

    What's the going rate for second shooters?

    What's the going rate for non-shooting assistants?


    Thanks!
     
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    I'm going to be a second shooter for a couple weddings this summer, one I'm doing for free and the other they've offered to pay.

    I look at it as an opportunity to learn and didn't expect much for compensation. Both of these are an hour or slightly more for me to drive as well.

    I think the pay would depend on the experience of the second shooter, in my case I have no experience shooting weddings and the photographer is someone I met selling some equipment.
     
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    I don't think there is much of a 'going rate' for those services. Each situation is different.
     
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    How about post-processing?
     
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    Is .22cents per image to cheap for oursourcing editing? This is my second year in wedding photography.
     
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    It really depends on how much processing you are talking about. Is it everything, from RAW processing right to finished images? Are we talking about simple color & tone adjustment or full out editing like skin treatments and some nip & tuck? What about album design, special effects, textures etc?

    I was at a seminar last year and it came up that typical post processing is worth about $15 to $25 dollars per hour.
    The point of the discussion was that is was a good idea to out source stuff like that, because if you are doing it, you are only making/paying yourself $25 per hour...and to run a successful business, your time needs to be worth a lot more than that.
    Obviously, you make more money when you are behind the camera or out selling/promoting.
    Although, given the nature of wedding photography, you aren't likely to be shooting a wedding every day, so many wedding photographers do do their own processing.

    On that note, I know a photographers who got so busy that he fell hopelessly behind on his processing and finally had to restructure his business and hire someone to process his images.
     
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    Sounds like a good problem to have :thumbup:
     
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    Certainly a good problem to have, better than the alternative anyway.
    It's not always an easy problem to deal with though. It forces you to take a hard look at where you are going with your photography business. Do you grow bigger or do you back off to a point where you can handle it yourself?
     

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