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    Selling Photographs

    Hello- I have never sold a single photo that I took and the camera club I am a part of is going to a fair in August and I am going to bring along a couple of Ilfochrome prints I am having made. I know that the selling price of an 8X10 can vary from person to person and from subject to subject greatly, but if you currently have any 8X10 photos for sale, what are you asking? Thanks
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    Sorry that this doesn't answer your question. Where are you getting your Ilfochrome prints made and what is the cost?

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    hi ektagraphic

    are they matted and framed ?

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    I once sold an 11x14 of Bodie Island Lighthouse (printed by the local lab), print only for $40. Now that I make my own prints, if I were to sell one it would be for a bit more than that.
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    Hi,
    Here is the formula for setting prices;
    5 times what the print cost you.
    Everthing else (ie film, matting, frame etc) is 20% over what you paid.
    Hope this helps.
    If you have any further questions on prices and would like to talk with me go to my website and leave an e-mail address. (www.jobvana.com/photographer-jrichardoswald/ )
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    Here is the formula for setting prices;
    5 times what the print cost you.
    Everthing else (ie film, matting, frame etc) is 20% over what you paid.
    But what if you printed it yourself? I don't know how to determine what a print costs me, between the materials used, travel expenses, my time, etc.

    The old-standby answer to any such question should be 'whatever the market will bear'. Figuring that out would seem to be the trick.
    f/22 and be there.

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    I reason along the lines that I wish to be well compensated for a print I sell. I do print everything myself, though, and spend an awful lot of time on prints I sell, to make sure it's absolutely perfect (in my view) before it can leave the house.
    I sell my prints in an archival mat and bevel cut over-mat, they are archivally processed via a painstaking process. My current price for an 8x10 photograph is $250 this way. Not much by some standards, but I feel it's adequate for the work I put into it.
    If somebody asks to pay less, I always say no. I would rather give the photograph away for free as a gift to somebody I know would cherish it. I can tell I haven't sold more than perhaps 20 images in my photographer life.

    I hope that helps.

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    It does take bit of time to figure out the small parts, materials, time etc.
    I'll try to help here.
    Travel= See IRS (I see you're in the US) code for travel deductions.
    Materials= devide the cost of the items by the number of items used. (paper pack cost $25.00 per 25, 1 is $1.00)
    Time is the hard one as I don't know what photographers charge per hour down there.
    Here is what I carge: $120.00 per hour to photograph and $25.00 per hour darkroom, touch-up (hand painting etc.)
    This all works out to about $15.00 for my cost, so I carge 75.00 (and up) for my photographs.
    The problem with using 'whatever the market will bear' is you get someone that has a 'D' camera and a home printer that thinks they are the greatest photographer on Earth charging $5.00 for there snaps, so people think you should to.
    Do not under sell your self!
    You are better then that...you are an artest.
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    Pick a price that will sell. Choose an image that evokes some emotion or looks cool and charge a lot. People will not buy under-priced pictures. Price determines the attitude of the buyer. I like the 5 times the cost, especially with ilfochrome, though I doubt the 75 cent sheet of RA4 paper and 25 cents for film and chemistry justify a $5 pricetag for my 11x14 color work...

    Bottom line: if it's large, shiny, and interesting charge a lot.

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    Well, it is a matted Ilfochrome that ends up costing me $30 with the matt....
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