As a non-professional that takes photography serious, I will throw this out there.....
As a non-professional, there are people who expect things for rock bottom prices if there is no business card and website associated with your name. Considering most of my photos of women with cars were appreciated as the best in the area (although they are not the absolute best in the business), I was sent a private message from someone who asked if I would be willing to take on a job photographing his car and make a car show poster board since I am also good with photoshop. Keep in mind, he wanted me to drive 200 miles to where he lived from where my house is, but my house is 200 miles away from where I am. Thus, the drive would be 400 miles one way!! (But considering i was going to my house that weekend, I figured I would squeeze in some money-maker) Then he adds in last minute that he would like a CD of all the photos. So I rustle up some numbers and came out with this.
Mileage to and from my house, 400 miles (Round Trip), 1 hour of photos of his car (Approx 250 Photos), CD of all photos with 10 of his choice edited for car show poster board, 4 hours of making a car show board (No file, just the design).
I was asking $450.00 (I know, most likely too low) and yet he thought it was too much!!!
Some people just want things for free. As a "no-name," I was just trying to get my feet wet by under estimating the value of my work and doing this job just to get started.