What is a Reasonable Price to pay for a "Model"?


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I am thinking of paying someone ("model") to practise my lighting skills and composition.

The "model" does not need to pose much and will be subjected to a lot of flash light.
No photos will be given unless I wanted to.

Here are some of my concerns:
1) What is a reasonable price to pay? Is $20 too little for maybe about 3 hours?

2) Is it ok to post this request in Service Wanted section?

In case you are thinking:

- You can get your friend to help.
This does not work out...

- You can shoot TFCD.
Maybe not now. I am shooting for practice.

- You can join the organised shoots.
I want to have time to know why my lighting setup work or don't work.

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why not just use a dummy, or ask your family members to be the subject?
Getting family members would be difficult.

"Dummy" seems like a good option. However, I am limited by the space constraint in my room.

Do you have a sample picture of the kind of "dummy" that you are talking about?
 

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I am thinking of paying someone ("model") to practise my lighting skills and composition.

The "model" does not need to pose much and will be subjected to a lot of flash light.No photos will be given unless I wanted to.

Here are some of my concerns:
1) What is a reasonable price to pay? Is $20 too little for maybe about 3 hours?

2) Is it ok to post this request in Service Wanted section?
Hi TS, I assume you mean a female model,you really need to read up on portrait photograhy and it's neccessary to pose or else your model will look lifeless and have a blank expression(composition skills?),more importantly the beauty of the person if you shoot straight on, head shot,full frontal,half body eg. passport photo.Besides lighting you also have to develop/create rapport and put model at ease and be confident,it works both ways.Do not pass comments about her looks even if she asks,be diplomatic,you don't want to demoralise her and ruin your shoot even if you are paying.Treat the model with proper respect.Don't know about the prices but I think it will be about a day's pay of an average worker.I do think you can ask a friend,what's wrong with your social skills?

PS A dummy helps but not as good as real life model ,you want to see colour,skin tone,contrast etc.Books help in this case.
 

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$20 for 3 hours?

Oh dear, if you find a model that is willing to work for $20 for 3 hours, I think they would not be very good. You might as well do self-potraits, that's my honest opinion.
 

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You might as well do self-potraits, that's my honest opinion.
I still think this is the best idea :)

Now all I need is a stable tripod.

Thanks for all the input.

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