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Posted by Roger on June 03, 2006 at 21:03:49:

In Reply to: Why charge anything? posted by Brad on June 03, 2006 at 16:52:48:

Why charge? because it has value, and that value is more than the feeling you get at having something published, especially when it's used commercially. And, they are expecting to pay, so you should let them.

I might give a photo to a non-profit, if it's worth my time, if I would donate money to that non-profit, but for commercial use? they can, do, and will pay a lot.

Back when I had time and my website was up to date, I had a few sales and a lot of requests for free use. The requests from kids for school projects, those were fine with me, those were always easy and fun and satisfying. The free use sales, I'm done with those. Any publisher, even some little local newsletter, is always in a panic and it just isn't worth dealing with them if you're not getting money out of it. I'd always request a copy of the newsletter at least, and never, ever got one.

There is another argument that by insisting on being paid, you are helping keep the profession of professional photographer in existance.

anyway, here's one resource:


and there are a lot of pricing links here:


I did not see any directly applicable to product labels. If I were you, I would either check out asmp.org or nanpa.org and even call them - you may not be a member, but they may help you, keeping fees up is in their interest.

At the very least, you should relax, get your confidence together, and call the agency and ask them what they usually pay. as in this article:


man, I'm sick of the captcha

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