Originally Posted by Ian Grant
I know how to pretty much nail my exposures with an in camera meter of course, and for my manual cameras I'm getting better. I always try to mentally figure it out before using my incident meter, or another camera.
But what I meant is that if you usually use 7 rolls of 120 for a client session to photograph different poses or locations, do you cover the cost of those 7 rolls by your session fee, or by print sales? Some people use the session fee to only cover their time, and if you're using 7 rolls of film and the client only buys one 8x10 then you're actually loosing money...
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
I had done this with TriX to a degree that I could get predictable results, but ever since the big news I've been intent on moving to Ilford films and chemicals. I dont see any point in continuing my efforts to learn the nuances of Kodak stuff if there's no guarantee it will be around for any further extended period of time.
There are a variety of ways to price things.
Professional Photographers of America publishes much current info, mostly for portrait and wedding studios but a reasonable guide.
Typically prices are determined by a ratio related to "cost of goods sold" (COGS) based on what successful studios do. For film based work 30% COGS is normal. (For digital studios, 20% is a normal COGS number, digital doesn't really cost less, depreciation is 10% greater.)
So, if the cost of your labor and materials for production is $30 a sales price of $100 is normal.
So for a sitting/session with proofs it will cost me about $30 per roll; film, postage, developing, proofs, and scans. So my rate is $100/roll that I shoot.
Prints, same basic deal. Labor plus materials is 30% of the sales price regardless of print size.
My labor costs (for pricing) are based on market rates for the work involved. For me that means simply "what it would cost me to hire the same work done at a high quality lab". Doesn't matter if I'm personally slower or faster doing the same work.
Price your session fee to match your typical costs. If you will typically use 3 rolls, base your materials cost calculations on that.
Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy
In most cases, if you need 7 rolls it will be because there are more than the usual number of good things happening in a session, not more problems, so print sales are likely to be better.
And I would suggest staying with the materials that you are still learning. If you develop the ability to attain good, repeatable results with Tri-X, it will be much easier for you to transition to HP-5 Plus.
For gallery Prints consider this
Gallery will take 50 % you will be required in most cases to provide image and frame.
If you are selling a image in a 30 x40 frame for $1500
then you will recieve $750
minus the cost of print and frame lets be super conservative and say $300
therefore the gallery recieves $750 - they handle the rented space, marketing and bring the client list
you recieve $450 - supplying the framed pieces
If you do not like this arrangement of funds up the price of your work and do the math.