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Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Sun Jan 25, 2004 2:34 am

Somebody emailed me a message about the following photo:

Re: Photo http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=188566

Dear Sir:

I saw a few digital images of yours on the JetPhoto website. I am
looking for a picture of Beirut International Airport. Our firm had done
some work for them in the past, and I wanted to accompany a write-up
with a picture of the outside of the terminal, or perhaps the airport
interior. Can you let me know if you have anything suitable that I might
look at? I would also be interested in knowing your fee for a
medium-resolution digital image approximately 4'x4'.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Anyone have any advice?

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BA
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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Sun Jan 25, 2004 8:54 am

Could somebody please give me some advice?

This is the company:
http://www.ricondo.com
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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Sun Jan 25, 2004 8:56 am

I am really not the best source of information, as I dont sell a thing, but here goes:

You have to find out if they are making money from your shot, ask them how big the print will be, how many copies? The usual stuff. Once you have that information, post it here and I am sure that some of the more experienced members will help you.

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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Sun Jan 25, 2004 9:05 am

They just want a 4x4 digital image as it says in the email.

I will ask them for more information....

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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Sun Jan 25, 2004 9:08 am

ok,

Ask them how many copies of the "write-up" they will circulate and if the make money from selling them or something.

Good luck,
Wietse
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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Sun Jan 25, 2004 9:25 am

Thanks Wietse, will do.

I just realized something. According to the message, they want the picture to be 4 feet by 4 feet. I hope that was a mistake and meant 4 inches by 4 inches.

There is no way my Scan Dual II can enlarge photos to 4 feet by 4 feet. Even if I could, the quality wouldn't be very good....

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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Sun Jan 25, 2004 9:27 am

Dont think they meant that. Not even a top end digital SLR can produce images of 4 feet wide and long. You should be ok when it is 4x4 inches with your scanner.

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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Sun Jan 25, 2004 9:31 am

I can easily do 4x4 inches, but in the message they asked for feet. But you are probably right, it was a typo.

Yes, you are right, not even the top DSLRs can produce 4 feet wide images.

4 feet...that's like a poster.

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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Sun Jan 25, 2004 10:01 am

medium-resolution digital image approximately 4'x4'.

Well, it could be they want to make a 4ft x 4ft poster.
At a low dpi (say, 100dpi for example) that would be interpolating it to
4800px x 4800px

I'd clarify that request first.

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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:26 am

I got a reply:

Thank you for responding to my email.

My firm, Ricondo & Associates, was part of a team that was selected by
the Republic of Lebanon in 1991 to provide master planning and airport
design services for the reconstruction of Beirut International Airport.
The photo would be used to accompany the write-up of the project, which
would be included as part of our materials when we bid on new projects
to show our past relevant experience. It would not be published, nor
would it be displayed on-line. The size of the graphic would need to be
no larger than 4 inches by 4 inches.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.


I'm still not sure if they are using it for profit purposes or not. I guess they are since they would in a sense use the picture for marketting purposes. I can easily do 4 inches by 4 inches.

Anyways, here is the big question. How much should I charge them?

I want to still own the copyrights of the photo.

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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:44 am

At least you now know what size they want and what it's to be used for.

Charge? That's for you to decide. There's no hard and fast rules.
Somewhere between twenty and two hundred.  Wink/being sarcastic

Don't forget, you needn't just try to get a financial reward.
You might want to suggest a free flight or get some their own promotional gear like mousemats, pins/badges....stuff like that....

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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:05 am

Oh I doubt they have promotional gear. They're just a consultant company.

Anyways....I asked for $100. Is that reasonable or too much for their purposes?

I'm really not an expert which is why I need your help. Perhaps $100 is way too cheap, or perhaps $100 is way too expensive. I just don't know. I have never ever sold a photograph......

Was $100 a reasonable price or too much?

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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:34 am

I think its reasonable, I would have asked for a bit more.. A large job such as an airport terminal construction will undoubtedly open peoples eyes and this company will get more business. So, in a sense, they will be making money using your shot. I would have charged $150.00 and then negotiated from there...
 
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RE: Somebody Wants To Buy My Photo! I Need Advice....

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:44 am

Hey BA, I love that part:

"I'm still not sure if they are using it for profit purposes or not".

Ricondo work with the American Red Cross and provide food and medicine to the Iraqi people who have at least lost one member of their family during the American invasion!!!!!
(ironic, of course)

What are you talking about???

Of course, they make big profit. And the government of Lebanon is paying lots of money to have this consulting firm work for them. You probably saved the marketing dept the hassle of finding a photographer in Beirut, send him for an assignment at the airport for a couple of hours, the exchanges of pics back and forth between the US and Lebanon, with all the precautions to be taken because of copyright rights, etc...
Call a professional photographer in Beirut and ask him how much he would charge for that (don't tell him why you are inquiring) it is my best advice!

$100 looks like a tip to me!

When I was a teenager, was part of the entourage of State trips, on several occasions I actually sold some of my shots for the fun of it. Back then, I was charging $100, but then again it was 15 years ago!
Keep me update, hope you can sort it out!

BEst,
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