Help: Pricing!!! 📷 💵 📷 💵

March 21st, 2019

A long time ago, I took a picture of a musician during a house concert. I've just been contacted by him - he asked if he could purchase the high-resolution picture for the use on his website.....

I've never sold anything photo-related and have no idea what this could cost. Any help? Any suggestions? It would be very much appreciated!

March 21st, 2019
sorry I have no idea - but that's really cool :)
March 21st, 2019
Ooh exciting, keep us posted. How did he find you???
March 21st, 2019
Well, there is no one right answer, so I'll say "It depends".
But, If he were to go to a microstock site, he'd probably pay about $15 for a single image. BUT that wouldn't be the unique photo he wants (from you). So there's added value.

If it were me, a big question would be what's he want to do with it? Is this a commercial site, or a personal site? In other words, is he wanting to use your image to make money for himself? And why does he want a high resolution image for his website? That seems like overkill. If he wants to make anything printed, that should be part of the conversation. And would he give attribution ("photo by" credit)... and is that worth something to you.

I'd make sure to stipulate what he can and can't do with the image and that you retain all rights to your image.

That's probably not much help....
March 21st, 2019
Anything I've had published has been for free but with attribution. I did get asked about some other images that were short listed but didn't get beyond that (one was for a book cover, another for a cafe walls)
March 22nd, 2019
googled the topic and read this article...may be helpful
March 22nd, 2019
It depends... is he a well known artist or just a music amateur that plays music because he loves that? :)
If he's a pro you can charge more, if it's an artist making few concerts get lower :)
March 22nd, 2019
@shannejw I've done this once or twice for non-commercial sites.

Like here:

I also took some photos of an apartment fire once upon a time (2008). After request, I donated a set of the original files to the local fire department for training purposes.

I did sell one of those fire photos to the local newspaper for $100 (for non exclusive rights - used on their web-site).

I guess I'm beat down from doing microstock a few years ago. That's a brutal game, you might get $0.25 a sale... My biggest sale there was a book cover, I think I got $10. It ended up on a textbook. I'd've loved to have a copy, but the book was over $100!

March 22nd, 2019
Trying to remember what I've had published - most recently some of a series pictures of a market in a hospital magazine, which was not for profit, charitable. And I've given folk musicians pictures, but they are all working on a shoestring.
March 22nd, 2019
Our local magazine pays £75 per shot published
March 23rd, 2019
@rjb71 @shannejw @lsquared @petaqui @jackies365 @shannejw @annied @30pics4jackiesdiamond

Thank you so much for your input! It's turning out to be quite difficult to figure things out because so many factors are feeding into it! I guess that's why I never got into any kind of "profits" from the photography :)

But all your ideas gave me thoughts for first steps - so thank you so much!

March 30th, 2019
Is it assumed they have a digital copy and can do whatever they wish once they have it?
Should it cost more if the artist requires attribution whenever posted?
What about some sort of contract?

Also learning and keenly interested.
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