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Old 06-12-2009, 12:34 PM
jadams007 jadams007 is offline
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what should we be charging?

hi all,

i'm curious as to what is a good range to charge for freelance retouching. i feel like i'm not charging enough. let me know what you all think.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:52 PM
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Re: what should we be charging?

Do you like cheeseburgers or NY strip?
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:42 PM
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Re: what should we be charging?

I am currently charging $125/hour, which seems to have success 50/50. Much of my work is more towards restoration than retouch. Are you extending your services to other photographers, or for your own work? I have found that clients looking to save the years are more inclined to invest.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:10 AM
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Re: what should we be charging?

well, everyone likes a strip steak. :P

$125 wow! I'm extending services to other photographers. hmm, i don't know how i could charge that much.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:19 AM
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Re: what should we be charging?

Well I guess samples of work along with what people are charging would be more helpful then just asking what someone should charge.

So Tom! We need a sample sir.
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:23 AM
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Re: what should we be charging?

I would agree with Tim Dougherty, $125+ is a correct fee to charge for quality retouch/restoration work.

Keep in mind that an hour of work includes all the education required to do the work, the cost of the workstation, the time involved contacting the client, the marketing involved to find clients, your office space + utilities (how much the space costs divided by how many hours you work), health insurance, retirement, and taxes. When you add up all the expenses you'll find that if you freelance you need to charge a rate that will not lose you money. There's much more to that simple hour that you work for your client.

Give the respect to your talent and hard work that it deserves--charge what it's worth.

For the jobs you lose because the client wants a cheap artist?... you'll find that the cheaper clients are, the more they will demand for free because they do not understand how a real business runs. Nor can they recognize quality.

Until later...best of business luck to you, and the rest of us!
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:13 AM
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Re: what should we be charging?

Well... I will take the Fromage's message like written to me as well, so thank you buddy for so good letter, good feelings you have there.

By the way, I will ask you some questions in private, if you don't mind

Thanks a lot for the attitude!

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Old 07-25-2009, 07:57 PM
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Re: what should we be charging?

$65/hour with average image retouching 3-5 hours. I work for advertising/commercial photographers directly or through agencies. I have 8 years of experience and probably should charge more... $6 is ridiculous for anyone to charge for anything, why bother, you're giving it away. $125 seems a little high but it all depends on your market.
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:31 PM
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Re: what should we be charging?

I charge at least $80.00 per hour for single images, that does not include revisions. This is for a hi quality retouch. I work with motion picture and music record companies in LA and this is a very competitive price. Most established labs out here in LA charge as much as $140.00 per hour, which is ludicrous.

I worked in a photo lab for many years that did this overpriced retouching work. It hurt the community of retouchers, while our employer made the big profit!

Stay firm with what you think you are worth...if you are a good retoucher, demand your price like fromage said. Do not sell out and give it away....you will only hurt yourself in the long run. But you cannot charge as much as the "Pro Labs" dictate.

It is a balancing act.......
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:17 PM
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Re: what should we be charging?

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125... that's stunning... I have been charging $6 for 1 hour of restoration.
People running the french fry machine at mc donalds are making more bank than you. WAKE UP :-)

I think my mac uses $6 an hour of electricity when Im working on it
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