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Old 09-17-2005, 12:30 AM
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Roob,

you may want to adjust your rates. when i first thought of the possibility of doing restoration/retouching, i googled some sites and the first one i looked at was in england. their rate was 40 pounds per hour. that, at the time, would have been the equivalent of about $60 u.s. now, i'm not sure how that currently translates to canadien, but i'm fairly sure it's more than $8.50 per

if you've got a decent photographer to work with it's one thing to give a lower rate per print; you dont have to do as much work. but if you're working with someone who doesnt know his photography that well, that's a whole other story. you get more into photo-manipulation rather than retouching.

there's all sorts of considerations on this sort of thing. maybe you're just doing a friend a favor, or building a portfolio, or giving consideration for bulk work and we've seen this discussion before and we'll see it again. the only real advice i could give would be, dont sell yourself short. if you do professional work, you shld get professional pay.

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Old 09-17-2005, 12:32 AM
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we just posted at the same time, Roob.

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Of course, I also refuse commercial work-- too much slavery, too many deadlines-- to me, it isn't only business, it's relaxation, so why make it into work?
and yup, that's one of those considerations

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Old 09-17-2005, 12:44 AM
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if you do professional work, you shld get professional pay.
I'm doing just that, actually.

I'm in the process of working on new rate plans-- instead of one basic rate, I'll be offering service packages (some flat rate per photo, some rated per hour) depending on what kind of work that needs to be done. I'll still have some substantially good deals for the average joe photographer such as basic color correction for $2.50/photo as long as there's 15 or more, but for more complicated processes like alteration, retouching, or restoration, it'll be closer to $20 / hr. And with a per hour rate I've added a new policy for estimation-- it's basically my cap. If I say to you a photo will take 3 hours to do, yet it takes me 5, I'll only charge for three. And I still have to maintain quality because I also have my policy that states, "If you don't like it, you don't buy it."

And still, I will be refusing to work with commercial businesses.
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Old 09-17-2005, 02:03 AM
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Well my base price is $40 per hour. I had a studio for 10 years and the last year I was in business (1999) I charged $50 per hour, but now I work in a home office without the overhead. When I worked as Communication Specialist for a group whose catered to the philanthropic sector, we charged $85 per hour- my salary came to about $40 per hour- of course on some annual reports and RFPs we made much more! I feel the price is fair, however, if I need the work, and someone has a large order, my bottom price is $25 per hour. I really watch my time. If there is something I get "stupid" about and waste time, I don't charge the client.
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Old 09-18-2005, 06:52 PM
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"If you don't like it, you don't buy it."
Actually I have changed my guarantee to "If you don't like it, I'll rework it until you do." That way I get paid.
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