May 18th, 2015
I charge $20 per photo for special Photoshop editing for things that are beyond control of the agent or owner or that just did not get taken care of before my arrival like digitally removing water hoses, cleaning dirty driveways, repairable damages, or stains on the wall, etc. However, I’m not sure how to handle things such as Photoshopping fire in the fireplace, or sky replacements. This is extra work on my part though it was not my fault or the fault of the agent for an overcast day or no fire in the fireplace. Should I be charging them for these types of edits or just be that “nice guy” that bends over backwards to make my $150 for the shoot, and spend the extra time doing these edits to save the Mercedes driving realtor $60? Of course, common business sense says to accommodate your clients to maintain future business but where is the balance between standing up for yourself and getting paid for your services, or taking a hit to keep your rich clients using you? Basically–should I stand up or bend over?
Absolutely, you should be charging for extra Photoshop work. Especially sky replacement and adding fire in the fireplace. However, because you typically charge for it doesn’t mean that at your discretion you can’t do it for free for key clients in key situations just to demonstrate what’s possible or when the fix is trivial. Many agents don’t realize what’s possible with photoshop.
The photo above is an example of an agent not knowing what’s possible. This is the front shot from a shoot I did. The agent called me up after I delivered the photos and asked me to reshoot the front because of the portable basketball hoop and a tether ball hoop being in the photo. He’s right I screwed up. I should have pointed out that the shot would look better without the basketball hoop and tether ball pole. But he screwed up for not having the property ready to shoot when I arrived. Anyway, I spent 10 minutes in Photoshop, removed them and sent the new front shot to him. It blew him away, he had no idea that could be done. Needless to say, I didn’t charge him because it was as much my problem for not seeing the issue as it was his for not having the property ready to shoot.