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    Default Freelance Jobs - how to quote, what to consider?

    Recently I was approached by two (unrelated) companies to do two shoots.

    One shoot involves taking photos of real estate. The other involves capturing paintings.

    For the first shoot, the photos I take will be put up on a website, for potential tenants to view, such that they know the location and appearance of the property.

    For the second shoot, the photos will also be used on a website, for potential buyers of the paintings to view and bid for.

    Hence, what do I have to look out for when doing these shoots? For the first shoot, I am going down to location to check out how the location looks like, and details of the property that may be interesting to potential tenants.

    Also, how should I charge the potential clients? Is there a market rate right now for these kind of jobs? What do I have to consider when quoting a price?

    Thanks in advance.

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    shooting paintings/art pieces is a very specialised genre of technical photography. if the clients are serious enough they would require you to use LF 4x5 film or at least 120 6x7 with one or two color charts alongside the painting for color matching. 4x5 works well since it provides perspective control, and you would need two flashlights also. not cheap to do that, so the rates shouldn't be cheap too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scriabinesque View Post
    shooting paintings/art pieces is a very specialised genre of technical photography. if the clients are serious enough they would require you to use LF 4x5 film or at least 120 6x7 with one or two color charts alongside the painting for color matching. 4x5 works well since it provides perspective control, and you would need two flashlights also. not cheap to do that, so the rates shouldn't be cheap too.
    Spoken like a true professional. But I would have thought you need more than flashlights to do a proper job - more like strobes and softboxes.....

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    Default Re: Freelance Jobs - how to quote, what to consider?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scriabinesque View Post
    shooting paintings/art pieces is a very specialised genre of technical photography. if the clients are serious enough they would require you to use LF 4x5 film or at least 120 6x7 with one or two color charts alongside the painting for color matching. 4x5 works well since it provides perspective control, and you would need two flashlights also. not cheap to do that, so the rates shouldn't be cheap too.
    This is Singapore. If its only luring potential buyers to view the real estates, they won't pay you enough to sustain such a system. This is based on the assumption that you do not have a large format system to begin with.

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    Actually, in the old days, I used to do art catalog shoots with a Canon F1n, primes and pro emulsions (didn't have budget to get medium format yet), and available light. It did help that I had a very, very good technician to help me with duping work onto 7x9 cm trans and the colour seperator that the artist used was surprisingly excellent.

    Now that I am older and wiser, I probably wouldn't use anything less than an RB or RZ, or very comfortably, a 4" x 5", which are a pleasure to use actually, because they are not as cumbersome as a 8"x10", but still affords a great degree of control. Even a complete Blad system with a standard lens used is dirt cheap compared to a DSLR new. Or if really really pressed with low budgets and the need for digital, I would probably go the route of a rented full frame DSLR and a Zeiss lens or a rented Blad.
    Last edited by Dream Merchant; 9th November 2007 at 01:15 AM.

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    Default Re: Freelance Jobs - how to quote, what to consider?

    Quote Originally Posted by syl View Post
    Spoken like a true professional. But I would have thought you need more than flashlights to do a proper job - more like strobes and softboxes.....
    You might lose detail if you shoot a painting with a softboxes, say you have to capture accurately the thicknesses and texture of paint. Strobes are a standard requirement in the kit, and I'm much used to referring to strobes as flashlights, my bad. However if your article is small, then a couple of off camera shoeflashes are sufficient, and nikon had manufactured such repro stands for copying small pictures with a mounting for two shoeflashes.

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