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Dave Blackhurst October 25th, 2009 11:18 PM

Freelance photographer rates?
 
I know it's not video, but a local small town paper is looking for freelance photojournalists - I've got still gear, and just wondering what a "going rate" for photos might be in a "local market"? Any ideas?

I know I've seen some photographers shooting for them, using higher end consumer cameras I retired several years ago... so I figure there's not a "high bar", and a little extra $$ couldn't hurt, just scratching my head as to what is a fair rate to quote?

Paul Inglis October 26th, 2009 05:07 AM

If it's anything like over here then I'd say not a lot!

Tripp Woelfel October 26th, 2009 06:02 AM

Dave... There are two ways to approach this. Doing this work will take time away from your normal "job". If your normal job pays $X and the photog job pays half that then you are taking money out of your own pocket by doing this. For this reason I would say ask for a high number but leave the door open to negotiation. This is a bit of an art form but doing it carefully and thoughtfully will help you get more money.

If you want the gig because you will enjoy it or will gain experience you deem valuable, then you can ramp down your price to whatever degree you are comfortable with.


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