Product Shoot


lcifc

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A client of mine approached me to do a product shoot for these list of products. How should I quote?

Top (polo tees, woven shirts, round neck tees) : 50 pcs
Towel: 2 pcs
Cap: 9 pcs
Tie: 15 pcs
Muffler: 11 pcs
Bow tie: 9 pcs
Whistle chain: 2 pcs
Friendship band: 5 pcs

Hope to seek some advise from the bros here.:thumbsup:
 

hotwork77

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A client of mine approached me to do a product shoot for these list of products. How should I quote?

Top (polo tees, woven shirts, round neck tees) : 50 pcs
Towel: 2 pcs
Cap: 9 pcs
Tie: 15 pcs
Muffler: 11 pcs
Bow tie: 9 pcs
Whistle chain: 2 pcs
Friendship band: 5 pcs

Hope to seek some advise from the bros here.:thumbsup:
Charge what you think is reasonable profit for yourself and acceptable to your client.:angel:
 

nedy77

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Some clients prefer a lump sump. But a lump sum bill looks huge when presented. A good sales tactic would be to break it down into smaller itemised bill, like tops:$5/photo,bow tie:$8/photo

it all depends on how you want to market your service,how you value your service and how you want your client to value you
 

Del_CtrlnoAlt

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A client of mine approached me to do a product shoot for these list of products. How should I quote?

Top (polo tees, woven shirts, round neck tees) : 50 pcs
Towel: 2 pcs
Cap: 9 pcs
Tie: 15 pcs
Muffler: 11 pcs
Bow tie: 9 pcs
Whistle chain: 2 pcs
Friendship band: 5 pcs

Hope to seek some advise from the bros here.:thumbsup:
depends how much details they want for their shots. if only for blogshop, then no need editing, low res and such... 50% off.

considering the amount of items to shoot. factor in 10 mins for each item (depends on your skill level) then you only can shoot 6 items an hour. then u think how much are you worth per hour. and max 8 hours a day. so you'll know how many days you need to shoot, and then so on and so forth... u'll know how much to quote already.

of course, if u can shoot 50 tops in an hour, never tell your client u can do that... always think from your customer's point of view... its cos they cannot, thats why they look for u. :devil:
 

Zahne

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Gif the Friendship band as free gift and tell the client u treat client like friends. U can charge higher on other products to cover the loss.
 

wesley

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Hi hotwork77,

This advice cuts both ways. But it usually ends up bad for photographer and the industry (both part time and pro), let me explain why:

1. lcifc wouldn't be posting here if he knew what a reasonable profit was. It might be anything from S$10 to S$10,000. To lcifc, have you read the sticky posted by shinken? It's really good stuff, please read it.

2. If lcifc charges low, the client will use it as a benchmark. This rate will impact the rest of the photographers the client engages.

This is what lcifc can do now to ensure that he/she gets the best profit margin (assuming that the skill level is up to par):

1. Ask the clients for product sample shots. Usually the images on the website are the ones.

2. Ask a professional photographer (> 2+ years experience) for the best guess estimate.

3. Consider if he/she can deliver. And charge accordingly under advice from a pro.

4. If lcifc doesn't know a pro, please show some sample shots on this forum. I am sure the seasoned professional photogs can tell.

Best
Wes


Charge what you think is reasonable profit for yourself and acceptable to your client.:angel:
 

hotwork77

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Hi hotwork77,

This advice cuts both ways. But it usually ends up bad for photographer and the industry (both part time and pro), let me explain why:

1. lcifc wouldn't be posting here if he knew what a reasonable profit was. It might be anything from S$10 to S$10,000. To lcifc, have you read the sticky posted by shinken? It's really good stuff, please read it.

2. If lcifc charges low, the client will use it as a benchmark. This rate will impact the rest of the photographers the client engages.

This is what lcifc can do now to ensure that he/she gets the best profit margin (assuming that the skill level is up to par):

1. Ask the clients for product sample shots. Usually the images on the website are the ones.

2. Ask a professional photographer (> 2+ years experience) for the best guess estimate.

3. Consider if he/she can deliver. And charge accordingly under advice from a pro.

4. If lcifc doesn't know a pro, please show some sample shots on this forum. I am sure the seasoned professional photogs can tell.

Best
Wes
No disrespect here...but your statement can also go both ways. You put down a dollar value for TS and assuming he uses it to quote his clients, it may either be too expensive for the quality he delivers or too cheap which will also hurt both himself and the profession.

Also no disrespect to TS here...but by merely asking for advice on how to charge speaks volumes. Usually, the charges are a bit on the low end for a Pro just starting out and as they gain more experience in their field, the charges will ultimately commensurate with the experience.


I wish TS all his best in the chosen profession but he also must be cautious not to over price himself. It is always good to charge the highest possible but ultimately it's the client who will decide your worth after seeing your work.
 

allenleonhart

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hmm. as said by abv, quality of shoot matters. are u gonna use a full blown double standing lights + light tent and after that further editing kind of shots? if so i wont mind charging 10 bucks per shot. ultimately ur skill lvl and ur quality level has to commensurate
 

jopel

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hmm. as said by abv, quality of shoot matters. are u gonna use a full blown double standing lights + light tent and after that further editing kind of shots? if so i wont mind charging 10 bucks per shot. ultimately ur skill lvl and ur quality level has to commensurate
10 bucks per shot, with pp?
 

allenleonhart

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10 bucks per shot, with pp?
if its just blogshop style.

if u ask me to shoot a line up of cars i'll be charging over 100k, cause i needa rent all the lights etc etc . u get the idae.
 

yqt

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I agreed with hotwork77, TS should charge what he thinks he's worth given his skills level, cost and what he thinks is a reasonable profit for himself. Of course, to know the market and charge base on the market is a good practise but than, what is the market rate? A simple, basic product shoot can cost from $30/shot to $a few hundreds depending on the usage, requirement and the photographer, so how is TS to gauge. If you really need some guildlines, DCA's post is a very good start.
 

catchlights

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most probably like blog shop style shots, base on the item the client selling
uncle jopel given a realistic quote, but most photographers will think it is very low, might not be interested at all. considering the mount of time spending on PP.

anyway, seeing from a client POV, $10 per shot is very high, look at the amount of the items he has, and the value of the products, can be certain that he will borrow a digi cam to shoot it himself. or maybe he will put a thread in service wanted, asking for TFCD, let somebody using the images for portfolio.....

10 bucks per shot, with pp?
 

hanqiang1011

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A client of mine approached me to do a product shoot for these list of products. How should I quote?

Top (polo tees, woven shirts, round neck tees) : 50 pcs
Towel: 2 pcs
Cap: 9 pcs
Tie: 15 pcs
Muffler: 11 pcs
Bow tie: 9 pcs
Whistle chain: 2 pcs
Friendship band: 5 pcs

Hope to seek some advise from the bros here.:thumbsup:
Charge by pieces reasonably :)
 

yqt

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most probably like blog shop style shots, base on the item the client selling
uncle jopel given a realistic quote, but most photographers will think it is very low, might not be interested at all. considering the mount of time spending on PP.

anyway, seeing from a client POV, $10 per shot is very high, look at the amount of the items he has, and the value of the products, can be certain that he will borrow a digi cam to shoot it himself. or maybe he will put a thread in service wanted, asking for TFCD, let somebody using the images for portfolio.....
Hey Bro, $10 with PP is quoted by allenleonhart lar ;)

Anyway, $10 with PP is, IMHO, on the low side, w/o PP maybe still can :)

But on the other hand, >$100K for a line of cars is way over the top in my opinion, or at least this have not happen in SG yet :sweat:
 

Del_CtrlnoAlt

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Hey Bro, $10 with PP is quoted by allenleonhart lar ;)

Anyway, $10 with PP is, IMHO, on the low side, w/o PP maybe still can :)

But on the other hand, >$100K for a line of cars is way over the top in my opinion, or at least this have not happen in SG yet :sweat:
depends, if for those without portfolio, since its 1 setting shoot all, $10 x 103 = 1030.

batch processing is simple with lightroom or PS. considering that... if it takes 2-3 days to complete also not bad.
 

yqt

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Just a note, there are professional studio charging around $10/- to $15/- per shot for retail product shoot but this is beacuse it's a weekly shoot with about 80 to 100 shots every week and not counting the additional cost for any main pictures for the ad.
 

Del_CtrlnoAlt

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oh ya talk so much, got 1 important factor forget to factor in...

its $10 per item or $10 per view/shot?

its makes a hell of a difference if the client tells you that he want 8 view per item... and you quote $10 per item... suay...
 

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