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Compositing individual portraits into group shots

 
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Nov 27, 2017 09:11 |  #1

Greetings!

One of my clients, a realtor with a team of about 15 people, hired me to photograph her team members individually against a white background so the team composite photo can be modified as the team changes (people coming and going). I photographed each team member in several positions to enable more flexibility in the group composite photo. Now that I have these photos I will be outlining the members and then assembling a group composite. Going forward, as new people are added I will photograph the new team member and add to the group shot, or remove members as they depart.

I am fully confident in my ability to do this, but I really have no idea what to charge for the compositing service, which I expect will take more time then the actual photography. I thought I would charge a fee for each person, so if I charge $50/person, for example, the compositing fee for 10 people would be $500 on top of the original photography. If any of you have done this before, or have any suggestions, I would be very open to your thoughts and ideas.

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Nov 27, 2017 22:11 |  #2

Hourly rate + direct costs + usage fee is always the easiest way to charge because if there are no extra costs or no need for a usage fee it just comes down to a simple time calculation. Whatever your hourly rate is charge that. If for some reason you think your time is more/less valuable while post processing then come up with a secondary hourly charge for use in the calculation.

If you charge a flat fee per person you get screwed when three of the women turn out to be the Gorgon sisters with huge flyaway hair that takes ages to cut out.


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Nov 30, 2017 14:59 as a reply to Dan Marchant's post |  #3

Good point! Thank you. Another photographer friend of mine gave me similar advise.

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