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    Do photographers charge way to much for their photos?

    In one of the more well known photo publications, the author of a current article postulated that photographers charge way to much for their images. He believes photographers are elitist when they price into their work skill, experience and past success.

    The author feels that $20 is a fair price for an 8x10 photograph based on the fact that a good meal at a bistro or a current release CD costs about $20 and that a 8x10 photograph will bring the purchaser about the same amount of pleasure.

    Also at $20 dollars the photographer would sell many more photos because many more people could afford one or more images at a time.

    I was just wondering if anyone else had an opinion...
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    I have an opinion..

    The author is a fool!

    LOL

    Besides a current release CD is NOT priced by the artist, the music distribution company does the pricing, as far as a good meal at a bistro, the cook don't price it the owner does....and they do it reflecting the costs of doing business as well as the profit they need to derive to stay in business, the meal will be with you for about 24 hours, the music will be with you until the next great singer or band is hot, the photograph could become a cherished part of a family handed down to the future generations...he is quite a bit out of touch...by time I travel, take the image, either do the processing or have it down for me, frame, matt and such, I have a hell of alot more into the image than $20, not to mention the schooling, the learning and being at the right place at the right time!

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    Just point that enlightened person towards a royalty free website for stock... give him $4 and tell him to plaster his walls with the 20 odd photos he can buy there.
    If you tone it down alot, it almost becomes bearable.

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    Well maybe he means $20 if you can crank em out of the inkjet printer a dozen at a time.
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    The legacy of digital home printing Jim, even a digital print done professionally will cost more than $20 bucks, I myself am not in the business to sell pictures, but sell art, just as a master painter does, but myself am not interested in selling $20 pictures, not worth the time and effort that goes into them..$20 8x10's might be great for inserts in cheap frames, but is hardly worth the time of someone who does images for a living..

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    I think this particular author has espoused this position for quite sometime. Well, it is his opinion, and he has a right to it, but his opinion carries no weight with me. My printer charges $10 for an 8x10, and that doesn't count shipping or anything else - it certainly doesn't cover the items that Dave mentioned; like travel and life experience. This same author, I think is really trying to alienate a portion of his readership; the latest issue of his magazine, I picked up and promptly put back on the shelf (I usually buy it) because every single portfolio was captured digitally and printed on an ink jet printer - I really would prefer that he at least try to support those who use traditional materials.
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    Well this person sells his own work through his publication for $20 a pixelgraph. If it is good enough for him it must be good enough for you.
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    No, I don't like to sell my work like cheap "postcards".
    Robert M. Teague
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    The author is a troll. The publication obviously needed to fill space if they put that story out.

    I hope they paid him the $20 for his time at the typewriter.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    This same author, I think is really trying to alienate a portion of his readership.
    I wonder if he will alienate any of the contributors to his publication. The ones that have not got the message about $20 dollar prints but charge hundreds and thousands for their work. I guess maybe he just means the rest of us bottom feeders should only charge $20.
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