Rates for photography projects are quoted based on the specific needs of your project. Factors such as project size, product complexity, and optional features such as transparencies and requested modifications determine the overall cost of your project. For basic projects, we offer the following rates as a guide.
Not all items can be photographed successfully at the “Basic Service Level Service” hard to photograph items like some types of jewelry, glass, and highly reflective items will need to choose the advanced level service and /or call for a consultation to get accurate pricing. Discounts available on large orders. Oversized items larger than 18 inches or over 20 lbs – Call for quote.
Single Item Photo
Basic Service - with 1 item per photo $20.00.
Advanced Service - with 1 item per photo $30.00.
Custom Composite Service - prices start at $40.00 Subject to item evaluation.
Clothing – single item service $40.00 Subject to item evalutation.
Basic Service Group Photo $20.00 per item.
Advanced Service Group $30.00 per item.
Transparency Masking on most photos only $5.00* Subject to item evaluation.
Pure white matte background -No Charge
Pure white with reflection – $5.00
Custom background - Call for quote.
Custom Photoshop Manipulations - $60 per hour subject to item evaluation.
Unexpected or difficult product assembly – $60 per hour
Oversized items larger than 18 inches or over 20 lbs – Call for quote.
Our Basic Level Service
With our Basic Level Service, we use our standard lighting which consists of 3 professional grade studio strobe lights which produce great results with most products. This service level is ideal for non-reflective items such as stuffed animals, baseball caps, and hand carved wooden statues. The Basic Level is perfect for our budget-minded customers.
Our Advanced Level Service
This level is the best choice for high quality print production items such as decorative cut glass, and hard-to-photograph reflective products. With our Advanced Service, we take additional time to create a custom lighting plan and use as many professional grade studio strobe lights as needed, along with reflectors and light absorbers, to take advantage of your product’s individual shape, texture, and lighting requirements, thereby achieving the best possible image with a single exposure.
Custom Composite Service
If you’re looking for the highest quality image available, this level of service is your best choice. Starting at $50.00 depending on the item to be photographed.
Most commercial products (as in magazines) are made up of a combination of many different photographs. In order to create a finished photo of superior quality, the varying elements often benefit from being lit and photographed differently. The separate photographs are then combined in Photoshop to create a finished image that is of a much higher quality than would be possible using a single exposure.
For complex products, it’s not uncommon for the finished photo to be made from several images. This ensures all aspects of your product are displayed with the best possible lighting within the final image. The extent of this individualized service is determined by product requirements and is billed at $60.00 per hour.
The photograph of the sapphire ring below is an example of Composited High Dynamic Range Photography.
In this example, one exposure was lit with the diamonds as the focal point. A second photo was exposed for the sapphires. Finally, a third exposure was produced for the gold band. Expertly combined and edited by a skilled professional, the results speak for themselves. You must be asking ‘This is beautiful but what was the cost for it?’ You’ll probably be surprised to know that the cost for this outstanding image would have been just $60. Not bad for a magazine quality image! A final word of caution regarding cost: each product must be quoted on a individual basis. Not every product will need this special attention, while others will benefit immensely from it. Contact us to discuss your thoughts and our possibilities!
Additional $5 per photo*
Masking is the process of carefully outlining by hand the photographed product in order to separate it from the background. The photograph may then be detached from the original background and applied to a transparent background. This process allows our clients to have more flexibility when utilizing the image in page layouts and publications. Clients utilizing this option will receive their photograph(s) in a layered PSD (Photoshop) format. Many clients opt for this service so they can change the standard white background to something different, either utilizing another background color or placing it on top of another image. During our initial consultation, we will discuss the applicability of this advanced feature to your project.
*Masking for complex product shapes or products with multiple open areas (ex. brushes, serrated edges, jewelry w/chains) will be quoted on an individual basis at $60.00 per hour.
- Pure White Background Matte or Gloss With Natural Shadow.
During lighting, the product will cast a subtle shadow onto the matte background. We preserve this because it provides additional depth and ties the product to the white background. It’s the most preferred look that works great with everything.
- Photographer Consultation
Before shooting your products, we will discuss your ideas then use our experience to determine the best way to photograph your products.
- Product Preparation
Each product is cleaned by hand to remove dust prior to photographing. Minor assembly or other preparation is also be performed.
More difficult assembly or set up is billed at $60.00 per hour.
- Post Production
Each photograph goes through hand retouching prior to final delivery. We examine and adjust color and brightness ensuring the proper tone and a exposure. Noticeable dust, or scratches that may remain are expertly removed in Photoshop.
- High Resolution Images at no additional charge
High-quality (300 dpi) high resolution images are included with our services. Most of our competitors charge an extra fee for this.
- Online Delivery.
Upon completion of your project, your photos will be available for download through our secure, image server.
- Return Shipping. (UPS fees apply).
Careful re-packing and boxing of products in your original packaging ensure a safe return trip. We return your products by UPS. You will pay only the UPS shipping cost without markup. Please let us know in advance if you feel the need to insure the shipment for a specific value with UPS.