JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1725 posts, RR: 2 Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3984 times:
We have several threads running now relating poor photo sale experiences or companies trying to get something for nothing. It would be nice to also pass on the names of those companies who deal fairly with photographers supplying photos.
My latest such experience was with Hasegawa Model Company from Japan. They contacted me several months ago about one of my A.net photos they wanted to use as box art for a new model. They stated their price, which I felt was fair, and I accepted. A twist here is that they didn't want to pay me until the model was released. This made me a bit wary, even more so when I saw the model with my picture appear in the upcoming releases section of their web site. No worries, soon after they proactively contacted me to arrange payment details and also arranged to pay me in US dollars vs. the yen price that we'd agree upon. They sent me a status e-mail once the package was shipped, complete with tracking number. Less than a week later my package arrived.
Anyway, thought I'd pass on a positive experience. The fact that Hasegawa makes awesome models is icing on the cake, and I can't wait to build one of the two samples they sent.
They wanted, however, a similar shot from inside the cargo area towards the outside, but with the ramp opened. I politely asked them how much they would pay for such a shot. They replied, I found that reasonable and I accepted. Since I did not have such a shot readily available, I took some shots during one the next events/open days I visited that year and presented these to the designers (that shot is not on here, since there were people visible in the shot).
I was not paid in advance, but once they accepted the picture, they also paid the invoice correctly within the agreed payment terms.
WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3898 times:
I had only one time an airline who refused to pay. So they didn't get my picture. I won't tell which airline it is.
My own company used one picture without asking me. They just downloaded it from here, removed the copyright bar and put it in a handout for pilots I contacted them, they said they were sorry. And in the next handout they had the permission to use another one of mine.
Sovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2716 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3735 times:
How much do you guys ask for a photo in terms of money? I'm just curious because I've been contacted a couple of times and have no idea how much I should ask for a photo. What's a typical price? That way in the future I don't lowball myself or ask too much to scare them away.
I always ask what they are willing to pay and then agree or tell them the price I would be happy with. But I had never a sale where I had a minimu price which I would've told at first b/c of a rare pic or e.g. being a big company/newspaper.
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3682 times:
Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 11): I always ask what they are willing to pay and then agree or tell them the price I would be happy with. But I had never a sale where I had a minimu price which I would've told at first b/c of a rare pic or e.g. being a big company/newspaper.
That's one of the reasons I'm giving Hasegawa kudos right now, because they made it so easy. The sent me an e-mail stating their intended purpose for my photo, told me the price they'd pay me to use it and what their timeline was. Then they made good on what they said they'd do. The price was not a lowball, and while it wasn't a huge sum of money it was enough to make me happy.
Otherwise I find setting a price to be walking a fine line. Most of my previous sales have been to PR firms or corporations wishing to use my images in marketing or training materials, and most of the shots they wanted aren't particularly unique. With one recent sale, I gave a price for a photo and the person with whom I was dealing came back immediately with a list of other aircraft she was looking for. I suspect I gave too low a price for the initial photo, but in the end I may have come out ahead since I ultimately sold 5 photos to her.