PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY PRICING
Product Photography is a very diverse field. Our clients manufacture or distribute a wide variety of products, of all sizes, shapes and finishes. We photograph beautiful hand made jewelry, 50 gallon drums of concentrated, industrial desalination chemicals and everything in between, including beauty products in shiny bottles, electronics, chrome medical equipment, colorful clothing and sports footwear. Many of these products are photographed in our Pasadena studio, some need to be photographed at our client's facility and others on location because of or our clients wish to place their products in the environment where they are used. We also photograph food for restaurant clients.
Because every client's product is different, with unique, often time-consuming challenges both in the studio and in post production, we quote every product assignment individually.
For most products photographed in studio, on seamless paper or a tabletop set, our fee is $25 to $55 per finished image depending on amount of retouching needed. The minimum charge is $400.
Composited images (one image created with several files) may require an extra charge and would be quoted prior to the assignment.
Set up fee: $100 (may be waived with high number of products assignments)
Clipping Fee (with or without shadows): $9
After we photograph all the items in an assignment, we create a password protected online gallery for our client to select the final images that are to be "finished" in post production. These final images are the only ones we bill for.
We often have clients with a large number of similar items, like our cosmetics manufacturers with small glass and chrome bottles and jars. In this case, the set up and finished item fees are towards the lower end, providing there is not a large amount of post production needed. In the case of only 2 or 3 items, the set up fee will be towards the higher side, and the finished item price will vary depending on number of items to be photographed and the time spent in post production to create the finished images requested.
"Post production" refers to everything that has to be done after the images are captured. Some items, because of their color and surface, are relatively easy to light, especially if photographed alone. Other items, like jewelry and cosmetics are more challenging to light; so much so, that, in order to achieve a perfect image, we often "composite" several images, lit in different ways. This applies to very shiny glass bottles with gold or chrome lids.
"Clipping" refers to lifting an image from the background so that a new background can be used, or the image be placed with other similar items in a larger image to be used in an online ad or catalogue. Some images are easy to "clip" and others are more time consuming because of several factors.
How sexy do you want it? How the images are going to be used can have a bearing on price. If we're talking about images of hand held desalination equipment, for instance, to be used in a catalogue or online, aimed at consumers ready to purchase the item, and only need to see which one they want, you need a very informative image on a plain background.
If, on the other hand, we're photographing jewelry, electronics, clothing, cosmetics, food, etc. for a printed or online ad, to be seen by someone our client wants to have as a future customer, we're talking about a totally different approach, sometimes involving location shooting, models, etc.
The use of the images we create, have a bearing on how the product is photographed and rendered. It also affects the price significantly. We always talk with our clients about the intended use(es) of the images so we can do the best job for them. The more we know about the products we photograph, where and how they are used and who is the target audience, the best job we can do and the more cost effective we can be.
We at Barnet Photography do most of the product post production in house. However, with some assignments, because of a large number of items, deadlines, or degree of difficulty, we utilize the services of expert retouchers who specialize in that type of work.
All charges are always quoted and explained to our clients once we know the exact scope of the assignment, number of images, background required, if images need to be clipped, etc. Rush services are available, but they may increase the cost substantially, especially if we need to use outside vendors.