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Old 08-28-2008, 04:09 PM
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I am trying to finally start my own photography business. What is the normal cost for a basic portrait retouch. I don't even know where to begin!
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:13 PM
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Re: What should I charge for a basic retouch?

Are you a photographer or retoucher?
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:15 PM
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Re: What should I charge for a basic retouch?

You should be looking at the rates of other portrait shops in your area and charge a competitive rate.
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:16 PM
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Re: What should I charge for a basic retouch?

Both, I guess. I did retouch for a photographer for over a year and I am now trying to start my own photography business. He included a basic retouch with all print purchases so, I don't even know how he calculated the cost...I'm lost.
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:27 PM
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Re: What should I charge for a basic retouch?

I would work out your cost for the portrait shoot and then include basic retouching in that cost. Ideally spend about one hour max on colour, cleaning up skin and eyes etc.
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:23 AM
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Re: What should I charge for a basic retouch?

I would rather look at what expenses you have, how many hours you plan on working, divide those two so you know your BASE cost / hour to cover all your expenses. Remember to add in your expected profit, marketing and THEN look at what that number looks in comparison to the competition. If its lower, then raise it to match. If it's higher, re-evaluate your expenses and see if you can get additional income from other areas.

And then make sure your retouching are up and possibly beyond the level of the competition. And also look hard at what you will include in different retouches. A portrait session is not expecting a high end fashion retouch and will not pay for it.

To just blindly look at what others take and not knowing your own costs is a sure way to go out of business while being swamped with work

And good luck in your business.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:01 AM
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Re: What should I charge for a basic retouch?

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I would rather look at what expenses you have, how many hours you plan on working, divide those two so you know your BASE cost / hour to cover all your expenses. Remember to add in your expected profit, marketing and THEN look at what that number looks in comparison to the competition. If its lower, then raise it to match. If it's higher, re-evaluate your expenses and see if you can get additional income from other areas.

And then make sure your retouching are up and possibly beyond the level of the competition. And also look hard at what you will include in different retouches. A portrait session is not expecting a high end fashion retouch and will not pay for it.

To just blindly look at what others take and not knowing your own costs is a sure way to go out of business while being swamped with work

And good luck in your business.
That is very very good advice. This takes a lot more thinking than I thought. *goes to work*
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:51 PM
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Re: What should I charge for a basic retouch?

I charge $250 per thought if that helps, then I have an hourly on top of that
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:27 AM
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Re: What should I charge for a basic retouch?

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I would rather look at what expenses you have, how many hours you plan on working, divide those two so you know your BASE cost / hour to cover all your expenses. Remember to add in your expected profit, marketing and THEN look at what that number looks in comparison to the competition. If its lower, then raise it to match. If it's higher, re-evaluate your expenses and see if you can get additional income from other areas.

And then make sure your retouching are up and possibly beyond the level of the competition. And also look hard at what you will include in different retouches. A portrait session is not expecting a high end fashion retouch and will not pay for it.

To just blindly look at what others take and not knowing your own costs is a sure way to go out of business while being swamped with work

And good luck in your business.
Also a customer will only pay what he/she can afford, so whilst you are running your own business, the ball is not always in your court, if the money is reasonable and you provide very good services, your business will flourish. I see many people think because they own their own business they can charge whatever price they fancy, it is not always the case, also make sure you have other income to support yourself, whilst you are starting your new business, otherwise you'll find yourself in hot water, which in turn will put you under immense pressure, thus making your business suffer.


hope this help


helen
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:12 PM
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Re: What should I charge for a basic retouch?

I would go with what HuBBa said, for example my expenses are about $1500 per day and I plan on working about .5 hours per day, so very simply my fee is $3000.- )
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