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What Should I Charge For Amateur Videographer?

Postby Tally » Wed May 17, 2017 8:49 am

Some guy want me to help him with some videos for his website and I am not sure what I should charge him I have a canon rebel t2i with a rode video mic and a few lenses so it will be HD video. I will be helping him do tutorials for his product and I dont know what i should charge per hour or if i should charge per project or what but please help me out.

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What Should I Charge For Amateur Videographer?

Postby Rush » Wed May 17, 2017 9:35 am

Some guy want me to help him with some videos for his website and I am not sure what I should charge him I have a canon rebel t2i with a rode video mic and a few lenses so it will be HD video. I will be helping him do tutorials for his product and I dont know what i should charge per hour or if i should charge per project or what but please help me out.

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What Should I Charge For Amateur Videographer?

Postby Arik » Thu May 18, 2017 9:08 pm

Videographer Hourly Rate
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What Should I Charge For Amateur Videographer?

Postby Bogey » Fri May 19, 2017 3:32 am

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Postby Batair » Fri May 19, 2017 7:52 pm

The definition of "amateur" is "someone who does an activity out of love for it."

The definition of "professional" is "someone who is paid for services."

So if you're an amateur, you don't charge.
If you're a professional, you do.

If you're going to do it, charge a fee that covers your expenses, and pays you for your time and skills.
But then you won't be an amateur.
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Postby Agrican » Sat May 20, 2017 3:28 am

There is no such thing as an "amateur price list".

Here is the definition of amateur:

"a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional reasons."

source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/a...

Here is the definition of professional:

"following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain"

source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/p...

So the moment you start charging for your services, you are no longer an amateur but a professional. This is important for several reasons. One of those reasons is liability. Your personal liability insurance (not sure how Australia works with this so bear with me) won;t cover you in case something happens if they find out it happened while you were exploiting a business. So if your lights fall and set the clients product on fire along with the studio you rented YOU will go bankrupt.

The other thing to worry about is acceptable service standards. If the product or service you provide is below what is acceptable for the industry then your client has a case against you since you are now in a client/vendor situation.

So let's get back to your original question ... pricing.

Charge for the project ... not per hour. Clearly set out in the contract what the deliverables are and that any significant changes WILL incur additional costs.

We can;t answer that question. We don;t know.


1- What you are offering your clients.

What's the final product? What type of license is he wanting for the videos?

2- What are your costs?

You have business costs (well, you don;t yet but you should) like professional liability, marketing, web hosting, internet access, cellphone ... and you have shoot specific costs like travel (gas and wear and tear), the cost of the final product, salaries (assistants), equipment rental fees ...

3- How much work is this shoot going to be for you and what is your time worth?

Here you need to count ALL the time worked (or expected to work) on this project INCLUDING: traveling time, post processing, backing up the equipment, meetings with the client ... not just the time you are filming.

So add up all the time you'll be working on this shoot and multiply that by the hourly rate you would like to have. 35 hours at 20$ an hour = 700$ for example.

It's important to realize that you'll also be working at your business a lot doing things that won;t directly generate revenue. attending wedding shows, updating your website, meeting potential clients that don't pan out ...


4- Finally add all of these costs up.

And there you are, you have what you need to charge to be at least nominally profitable.

Couple of things that you need to keep in mind as well.

1- You are missing lighting gear.

You need light to shoot good video. The standard basic lighting setup for video (and stills really) is a 3 point setup.

The Key Light ? This is the main light used on your subject.

The Fill Light ? The purpose of this light is to fill in the shadows created by the key light, preventing them from getting too dark.

The Back Light ? This is used to separate the subject from the background. http://www.izzyvideo.com/three-point-lig...

Normal room type lighting is WAY to weak and boring. get some extra lights and modifiers ... Purchase a couple of work lights at the hardware store and set your white balance.


Ripstop-nylon screen over a frame made from PVC pipe makes for some cheap diffusion panels ... that or plastic ceiling diffusers.

2- Backup gear.

Your client will be taking time to do this, he may hire an actor or assitant to help in the shoot, he may rent a studio or location to do this shoot in, he may hire MuA or stylists? If in the middle of the shoot your ONE camera craps out on you, the rest of the day is a wash but those fees STILL need to be paid AND will have to be paid again so that you can finish the project! You NEED backup gear when shooting for clients.
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