How much do you charge for photographing a painting

Discussion in 'Business of Photography' started by celal_teber, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Hi everyone,
    recently I received a phone call from a gallery asking for photographing a famous painting. I went there with my
    assistant and all equipment then couple of days later delivered the photos. Now I'll send them an invoice but I'm
    not so sure how much I should charge. Job covers half an hour photo shooting on film (medium format) and digital,
    two 16X12 inch print , two 8x6 print.
    Thanks for your help.
  2. Did they not ask for a price quote when they arranged for your services? What were they expecting this to cost?
  3. They didn't ask anything about the price. I thought that it could be consistent job therefor just wanted to give them a nice prints and sort out the price afterwards. I've got a price in my mind around 300 £ , want to find out that if it's average.
  4. gdw


    Hard to answer without knowing the quality of the end product. If you produced a photograph that is properly squared, no keystoning, evenly lit, free of glare, correctly color balanced, the price you have in mind should not be a problem for a gallery.

    However, it would have been easier to present the invoice at the time you delivered the prints. At this point they have the product and you over a barrel which is likely to entail some sorting it out.

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