Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > Another on what to charge..

Photographer

Anthony-Ray

Posts: 387

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

Hey all!

I've been getting an unusual amount of requests to do some retouching, so I'm trying to think of some reasonable numbers.

I've been hearing a lot of different things, and I've seen some past threads, but I thought I'd create a new post to get a fresh perspective.

So.. I generally lean more towards the exaggerated editing styles, but the requests are for realism. I tend to work slower when doing realism, so I'm wondering, if by the hour is fair, or a flat rate maybe.

Any advice is appreciated!

Nov 27 12 08:10 pm Link

Photographer

pellepiano

Posts: 2280

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Without seeing the image, knowing exactly what to fix, and how long it will take, a general flat rate is impossible to set.

Nov 28 12 12:37 am Link

Retoucher

Lidia Stolyarova

Posts: 71

Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine

I doubt that something new will be said about this subject...
But my 0.02 cent big_smile

IMHO, the fair rate is per image/project.
I have learnt that client doesn't care about speed of your work. He just establishes deadline and you must meet it.
Rate per image is based upon rate per hour.
Lets say you charge per hour. Why he should pay you for 8 hrs if he can pay retoucher who will do the same work within 4 hrs? So if you get image and understand that it will take you 4 hrs but this work can be done within 2 hrs, you have to charge for 2 hrs.

Anyway these old links are still topical:
http://www.exposingfashion.com/2011/05/ … mkt-style/
http://freelanceswitch.com/blog/explore … -services/
http://anthonypugh.com/blog/articles/ho … retoucher/

Nov 28 12 02:16 am Link

Photographer

Anthony-Ray

Posts: 387

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

pellepiano wrote:
Without seeing the image, knowing exactly what to fix, and how long it will take, a general flat rate is impossible to set.

Yae, I know. I was mainly wondering  hourly vs. flat rate considering I work a little slower when doing detail oriented images.

Lidia Stolyarova wrote:
I doubt that something new will be said about this subject...
But my 0.02 cent big_smile

IMHO, the fair rate is per image/project.
I have learnt that client doesn't care about speed of your work. He just establishes deadline and you must meet it.
Rate per image is based upon rate per hour.
Lets say you charge per hour. Why he should pay you for 8 hrs if he can pay retoucher who will do the same work within 4 hrs? So if you get image and understand that it will take you 4 hrs but this work can be done within 2 hrs, you have to charge for 2 hrs.

Anyway these old links are still topical:
http://www.exposingfashion.com/2011/05/ … mkt-style/
http://freelanceswitch.com/blog/explore … -services/
http://anthonypugh.com/blog/articles/ho … retoucher/

Good points. I don't always take a long time, but I zone out sometimes lol So, I guess it's really just a best guess at how long it should take.

Thanks for the links!

Nov 28 12 02:15 pm Link