What would you charge for your photography?

Chris Benson

Elite Refuge Member
Jan 24, 2002
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Been into waterfowl photography for about 12 years now, have a Nikon D500 with a Nikon 300mm f2.8 and a 1.4TC. Recently a couple of artists have seen some of my photos and expressed potential interest in using my photos as the subjects for their prints. In case you are unaware, many times artists use photos to basically copy the birds from the photo (with some minor detail that are changed) and then put them into suitable background for the environment they want to depict that bird in. It takes the guess work out for the artist of what the bird should look like, position, and other small details.

Artists who do this need permission from the photographer so they can't just look on the internet and copy random pictures off the internet, much like you can't take a photo of a painting, then develop it and sell the photos of that print as your own. The photos in their entirety are still my intellectual property. The question I have is what would a photographer charge an artist for something like that?

The big thing here, these artists aren't just local people doing it for their own enjoyment. These are the same people who are featured in DU prints, compete for the duck stamp competition, and are fairly recognized in the industry. One friend who is "in the know" said $3,000 - $5,000, but I really don't know!


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