Landscape photo price

Mar 10, 2011
Hi guys!

How much will u charge for a landscape photo of raffles place sky scrapers view taken along esplanade? I took a night photo of d place and some one wants to buy the picture I posted in my facebook page. However I dont how much will I qoute to the buyer.

Thank you so much for feedback.


Senior Member
Mar 11, 2004
Firstly do you know who the buyer is? If the client is rich maybe you can try a high price. In addition if he wants exclusive copyrights + duration you can price it even higher. If buyer has a budget then you may have to suit him, within reason of course. If the amount is peanuts you may not even want to bother selling. The 'Price' to set is entirely up to you. How much you feel is appropriate in relation to your piece of work. If you want to sell cheap and get your name credited, that's fine too. Negotiate a deal that's fair to you, cos you don't want to moan about it later. Heh.

Professionals usually gauge by time taken, transport costs, post process time, difficulty of shot, etc which would be much more costly than what the average amateur photographer will charge. For example my min could be $200++ for 1 image, with non-exclusive copyrights. Or maybe it's still lower than what you were planning to charge, lol.


Staff member
Apr 26, 2008
There are two main types of licensing models:

Royalty-free images
Royalty-free pricing is based solely on the size of the product you need, not the specific use. You don't have to pay any additional royalties on a use-by-use basis. Once you purchase a royalty-free product, you may use it multiple times for multiple projects without paying additional fees. (Pornographic, defamatory, libelous or otherwise unlawful use of any image is, of course, prohibited.) Royalty-free products are designated by an (RF) next to the identification number.

Rights-managed images
Rights-managed products are licensed with restrictions on usage, such as limitations on size, placement, duration of use and geographic distribution. You will be asked to submit information concerning your intended use of the product, which will determine the scope of usage rights granted. images
You might want to take a look at how stock libraries price their images.

You can browse Getty Images, search for similar photos, and use their pricing calculator to see how the different parameters affect the price of a photo.

In any case, you will wanna consider preparing a suitable license/contract together with an invoice, if you want to conduct the sale properly and avoid being taken advantage of.

This article, How to Price your Stock Photography offers a link to a calculator too.

Worth a read too:
How Much Does an Image Cost?

Stock photos are not sold; they are licensed. This means that the photographer retains the ownership of a photo, but grants permission for others to use it, usually for a fee. The following overview of stock photo pricing is provided for authors or publishers who may not have licensed photos before and wonder what to expect with regard to prices, or who would like to compare our price quotes with typical industry rates.

Two Methods of Pricing Stock Photos

Generally speaking, there are two main ways of licensing and pricing stock photography:

Royalty-Free. This method simply charges by the size of the digital file. Once licensed, royalty-free photos can be used for almost any purpose. So a photo would cost the same whether it is used on a local flyer, the cover of Time magazine, or a major corporate advertisement. Advantages of this method include simplicity and flexibility. But there are disadvantages to Royalty-Free, too: the price doesn't take into account the photo's actual value to the buyer (which may be higher or lower than the rate reflects) and it is impossible to track where the photo has been published. (This can sometimes lead to embarrassing situations for the publisher!)

Rights-Managed. Rights-managed images are licensed for specific one-time uses, such as a particular book, magazine article, tourism brochure or advertising campaign. Some stock photographers and agencies have standardized calculators for determining rights-managed prices (common among large agencies like Getty Images), while others consider each use on a case-by-case basis (more common among independent photographers).


Senior Member
Oct 25, 2008
Shèng Gǎng
Wassup kabayan,

Agree with kandinsky. For one-on-one transactions, I usually set my fees as per how Getty has priced my stock photos.

That said, this is how they have priced mine:
4272 x 2848px = $650
2122 x 1414px = $525
1255 x 837px = $370
725 x 483px = $180
507 x 338px = $55
280 x 187px = $15

Maybe you can use this as basis? YMMV, of course.

Last edited:
Top Bottom