Hi all, hope you all can share some insight on my current situation here.
19 September 2010,
Friend called me on 18th Sept, and hooked me up to cover a DnD event. I would have to take photos of the event, and i would be paid $150. I would have to PP the photos and burn them into 2 DVDs after. The event would last from 630pm to 1030pm. I was told to come down at 545, 6pm. The event started at 630, and ended at about 1045/11pm.
So after the event, i took about 600+ photos, filtered and processed about 220 photos and burned them into the 2 DVDs.
My friend told me he would push for me to be paid $200. However he mentioned that i could have provided more photos.
(Till today, i've yet to receive payment.)
Friend called again, and asked if i was interested to cover a family day event at SDC (Singapore Discovery Centre).
I replied sure, why not? And okay, so he told me he would get the point of contact to contact me. So the event was from 9am-230pm latest. 600Pax event, with 5+ VIPS. I would be required to arrive at 830am.
So upon asking the POC what was my pay going to be, i was told "Your friend told me your rate is $150." Honestly i felt i was being short changed for a number of reasons.
- They said i would be paid from 9am to 230pm because that was the time i would start "snapping". 830am was an assurance for them because they had cases where the photographer was late. so my concern is : What if the event ends early? will i be paid lesser?
- for a 600Pax event, compared to the previous DnD which was about 200Pax, shouldn't i be paid slightly higher because of the wider coverage i have to make? FYI, this is a family day CARNIVAL.
- Post processing 600+ photos isnt going to be fun, let alone provide MORE photos for this event. Is this a good enough reason to justify higher costs?
Brothers, i feel very confused. I want to shoot, i want to gain exposure. But i feel that $150 for such a big event is really underpaying. Furthermore it was my friend who hooked me up. I don't know how to explain to him!
greatly appreciated guys.