Photography / Production charges / exes
Photographers should always remember to check that new clients agree to pay expenses, before setting out. Some expect the price to be all-in, or believe travel is free, or something.
The suggested rates
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Please note that the suggested rates below are minima; that rates for copyright works are for limited licences; and that VAT is not included.
|RATES: Digital production charges|
See production charges / expenses - advice for explanation of these digital production charges.
|Rushed processing: add||100.00%
|High resolution colour corrected file (whether from digital original or scanned from film)||16.50
|Bulk processing images: per hour||110.00
|Bulk processing images minimum charge: per hour||66.00
|Wiring selected but uncorrected ex-camera files||55.00
|Contact sheet (in print or on the web)||22.00
|Writing to CD/DVD||11.00
- London labs charge at least £100 an hour for work on digital photographs. £60 really is as low as anyone should go for digital processing.
|RATES: Lost originals|
- The figures given above for lost originals are those frequently agreed out of court with clients.
- If a claim went to court, the photographer would have to prove actual and predictable losses - for example the anticipated value of six further licences for one picture.
|RATES: Travel expenses etc|
|Car mileages - reduced HMRC allowance||0.45
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