Commercial Photography rates: To Buy Images Edited or Unedited

January 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
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Edited or Unedited

Buy images, what editing option?

To buy images edited or unedited maybe a dilemma for some, to assist the commercial use of my photography JGP looks at editing options available to clients.

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Pricing can be a bit challenging as every client has a different request, need or expectation. The rates I publish are by no means set in stone; they are merely a starting point, a guide that I work from. Some clients and agencies require a shoot captured that involves the return of a high volume of images where as other clients expectations sometimes extend to only a handful of quality-edited files. Recognisably, the time for capturing, processing and editing images will reflect in the end price. Where one client may find value in multiple everyday unedited files, another client will appreciate worth in just a few strong images that have taken the combination of time and effort to create both in camera and post processing. Different outcomes may even appear unbalanced and compare similarly in price, two different roads leading to the same destination so to speak.

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Options

JPG Large-Resolution with Limited Editing

Best value but only if the client is willing to sacrifice on image size and processing in return for a generous amount of images, ideal for quick turnarounds, tight budgets and or a high volume of image files. Flipside, the client is required to edit or run with images as they are, suited to social media applications.

JPG Hi-Resolution with Slight Editing

Good value if the client prefers basic editing on images prior to image delivery, ideal for smaller events/shoots with no immediate time pressure on delivery. Flipside, associated costs are required for processing time. Ideal for both low and high volume image return, suited to multiple applications.

JPG Hi-Resolution with Extensive Editing

Good value if the client requires detailed editing / retouching services, ideal for a low volume return of images where end quality is the principal factor, suited to publications in glossy magazines or high profile use. Flipside, time consuming with a limited number of images provided and associated fees reflected in the time spent editing.

RAW Files

As the title suggests these are files that are unprocessed in their original raw format and require particular processing skills with appropriate software, suited to clients/agencies that demand ultimate control over licensing and image editing options. Flipside, associated costs come at a premium and can be extensive as these are the digital negatives that offer the owner/end-user ultimate flexibility.

With what’s been put forward I hope that there is an option that suites your photography needs, flexibility is the key. Contact me to discuss your requirements; I’m confident we can work something out between us.

Unless otherwise stated I price with a royalty free licence in mind. For an exclusive rights licence please make that intention known and we can discuss options.

 

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