Many photographers want to be able to make money from their images but its a difficult subject to research as not everyone will be honest and open with their charges. In my experience, when i set up my website and started my blog i started to get the odd company and magazine asking if they can use one of my images and how much would i charge. For me when this started to happen i was just delighted that someone liked my image enough to want to purchase it and use it in some form or other. This is where it starts to get tricky. My first question is what will the image be used for, although most of the time i find they tend to add this information when they make the initial contact. Is it for a magazine a website or both ? Starting out i had no idea what my images were worth, so i picked a figure from the air that i thought was not going to scare them off! However i soon realized that i was under valuing my images and myself. One of the best pieces of advise i got was to actually ask what their budget is. You may well find that they have a budget in mind far higher than you were initially going to charge. If they are not forth coming with this information then you need a way to price your work at a level that is considered to be the industry standard. This way you are not going to under sell yourself. A lot of companies can be put off by being to cheap. So how do you do this ? Well i found a great website that gives you up to date fees that Freelance Photographers are currently charging for a wide variety of services. The figures they give are just a ball park figure and is not meant to be set in stone but gives you a starting point to be able to negotiate a fee that is acceptable to both parties and you know you are not charging far to little or indeed far to much !!
Oh the link !!
Freelance Fee Guide , its a great resource for fees and if you have a dig around the site you will find a hole host of information like copyright and usage rights, well worth bookmarking and referring to as and when you need it. Hope you find that as useful as i have.