In my hometown we are having the Sandy Koufax World Series. This age group in 14& under.
I am in charge of distributing photos to the newspapers of the teams on a daily basis.
I know they will want these photo ASAP. I held this same position on two occassions at American Legion World Series locations. Last being 2007.
My question is what should I charge these newspapers for this service? I would like to make some money , because its going to be super hot. But, dont want to feel like I am taking advantage of the situation.
$50 for 2 action pictures too much ? Not enough ?
I just need a little help from someone that has done this more than I have.
Sat 13-Jul-13 12:25 AM | edited Sat 13-Jul-13 01:54 AM by PerroneFord
>In my opinion, it's important to consider your time. 2 >images in one hour? Sure. 2 images in 3-4 hours? Different >scenario.
It's exactly the same scenario. It doesn't matter if you live a block from the stadium, across town, or 2 states away. That's the SHOOTER'S burden, not the newspaper's burden.
>They think they're paying for 2 images.
That is EXACTLY what they are paying for.
>They have no idea how >much time it takes you to drive to the event
And they don't care.
>, shoot it, drive >home, and edit down to the 2 images you think they'll like.
If this is someone's workflow, then they have no business trying to shoot live events for a paper. When shooting for newspaper or wire service, you are expected to have a laptop on premises. You shoot the game, head to the press-room, pull up the images you've previously marked, add metadata, crop, and FTP/Email the images to your client. Done. If ypu've got time, you might do some color correction, or noise reduction if required.
For big ACC sports I am turning 10 publishable photos around in 15 minutes post game. If it takes me more than 20 minutes I might as well not bother because the wire services have beat me. AP, UPI, ICON, and others get halftime as well as post game. Halftime is usually 10-12 minutes before you need to be back on the floor.
ACC going rate is $125 to $200 for 10 photos. That's what I charge the newspapers when I shoot for them. Shooting on contract the rates are a bit better.
>>>They have no idea how >>>much time it takes you to drive to the event >> >>And they don't care. > >Which is precisely my point. I'm not going to take a job that >means I'll make $5/hour.
Exactly. And a lot of people wouldn't. But depending on the event, a lot of people would. The economics of shooting the Olympics is pretty darn poor. It's 18 hour days for a month. But there is a long line of photographers as support who go do it every 4 years.
As a photographer, you have to determine what it's worth to YOU. I don't shoot 11 or 12 sports for FSU because it's lucrative. Frankly I lose money on it every year. BUT shooting at that level allows me to charge other clients MUCH more money, and it gives me the skills, experience, and resume to take on jobs that otherwise I couldn't shoot. So financially, it's a bust, but for my career, it's a huge boost.
If this won't springboard you to another level, best to walk away from it. The money won't be anything like worth the time and effort spent.
>I have decided not to take this position on the advise of a >person has done this before. > >" If this your workflow, you have no business doing live >events ".I really thought I wanted to do this, but as was >mentioned, Its not worth it. > >Thanks Perrone.