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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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Jan 19, 2018 14:43 |  #4

This is an old response, but I'd advise the client that my rate for returning to photograph one person would be more than to rephotograph the entire group (all the basic costs would be the same, plus the additional cost of highly custom compositing). The only benefit--from the client's point of view--is the convenience of not having to corral everyone at one time.




  
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