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Poll"What would you think is a fair rate?"
<$100
5
6.3%
$100-$200
9
11.3%
$200-$300
21
26.3%
$300-$400
23
28.8%
$400-$500
8
10%
$500-$600
2
2.5%
$600-$700
1
1.3%
$700-$800
2
2.5%
$800-$900
1
1.3%
$900-$1000
3
3.8%
>$1000
5
6.3%

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Jan 17, 2012 00:59 |  #1

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Jan 17, 2012 02:24 |  #2

This largely depends on what your rates are and how many photos of the second shooters ultimately makes the cut.


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Jan 17, 2012 06:48 |  #3

Hi Stephen!

Having them cull is one thing, but I would think twice about doing the edits unless you know them well and like their style.

Typically $35-$50/hr depending on their experience and skill level.

Good luck out there, looks like you are doing well.


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Jan 18, 2012 14:32 |  #4

Depends on if you're a primary or secondary shooter! I am sure most have different opinions.


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Jan 18, 2012 15:41 |  #5

Higgs Boson wrote in post #13726807external link
Depends on if you're a primary or secondary shooter! I am sure most have different opinions.

The OP specified second shooter.


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Jan 18, 2012 15:49 |  #6

i've worked as a second shooter 3 times now and am still doing so on the basis of building experience and gaining portfolio images for myself. i came into it as a complete novice not expecting to contribute much to the finished album but a few of them made the cut, the next two weddings more and more of my photos made it into the final selection presented to the couple. i would say at least a third of the final images the bride and groom saw were mine by the last wedding, which means i'm going to have to renegotiate the terms of our working arrangement i think.

up till now i have been happy to put in 12 hour days for free, because from my point of view i had to put in the leg work to get the portfolio images to sell what i can do myself. the photographer i work with uses jpeg only whereas i shoot raw+jpeg, so she gets the jpegs shot using the same in-camera picture settings whilst i edit the raw files to my own liking. she actually didn't know how to find the picture settings or how to change them when i asked what settings i should use to keep everything looking similar!!!!


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Jan 18, 2012 19:11 |  #7

Gizmo1137 wrote in post #13727258external link
The OP specified second shooter.

he specified the rates for a second shooter, he did not specify if the person giving his opinion should be a first or second shooter....


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Jan 18, 2012 21:06 |  #8

I second shot a bunch of weddings for $125 last year with a friend and I'm second shooting two, so far, for someone else this year for $400. I feel like I'd need $300 for a 4 to 8 hour wedding to be worth it. I do think the experience level of the second shooter is really important. I didn't have any experience last year and I think the experience level is very important here, so I think his rate was fair. I don't know how I d handle if the guy wanted me to shoot again this year for $125. He's not very aggressive with his pricing, so he's not being unfair. He also no longer wants to primary shoot weddings, so it's unlikely to be an issue.


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Jan 18, 2012 21:52 |  #9

Say eight hours shooting, 12 hours editing, $30/hr if they're ok, that's $600. The hourly rate will change depending on the skill of the shooter. Myself i'd want minimum $50/hr which would put it to about $1000.

If you have a second shooter edit their images the images the customers see will be inconsistent. I suggest one person edits all the images.


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Jan 19, 2012 10:21 |  #10

Wow, quite a variation in the poll so far - thank you everyone for your votes and comments! Agreed about the uncertainty of having two different people edit - just wanted to get some thoughts on the matter :)


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Jan 19, 2012 12:46 |  #11

I get $50 an hour for the time I'm shooting plus travel but I don't do anything except shoot.


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Higgs Boson wrote in post #13726807external link
Depends on if you're a primary or secondary shooter! I am sure most have different opinions.

Higgs Boson wrote in post #13728522external link
he specified the rates for a second shooter, he did not specify if the person giving his opinion should be a first or second shooter....

Wow you really like to twist your words around when you get called out...


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Jan 19, 2012 13:03 |  #13

cdifoto wrote in post #13732470external link
Wow you really like to twist your words around when you get called out...

He does make a good point though...


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Jan 20, 2012 18:09 |  #14

$250-500 in the south.. depending on travel.


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Higgs ­ Boson
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Jan 20, 2012 18:42 as a reply to timn420's post |  #15

cdifoto wrote in post #13732470external link
Wow you really like to twist your words around when you get called out...

Really, bud? Are you going to follow me around? I didn't even get called out. I clarified an apparent misunderstanding, which you have still failed to do. Seriously, grow up. I know your age is there, but where's the maturity? Let's not do this all over the forum. Keep it confined to that last thread. There is no reason for you to even post except to exercise some vendetta. Move on. If you continue to quote me making remarks I'll just block you.

Eric wrote in post #13732591external link
He does make a good point though...

Thanks. He is apparently now my stalker.


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