I need as much information regarding the product as possible. Pricing in product photography is a complex task.
Prices vary depending on the nature of product (i.e. rounded and shiny objects require special lighting set-ups and can be time consuming in post-production editing).
Here are a few examples:
Different types of materials and surface textures in jewellery require the use of different lightings in shooting. As well, the shape of the jewellery would also affect the kind of lighting being applied (i.e. rounded vs. sharp-edged).
Images for clear glass require much more editing than for glass that are color opaque. Application of lighting techniques and the use of light diffusers/reflectors are also very different for the two types of glasses.
Leather Product Photography:
On the other hand, shooting wallets and handbags does not require sophisticated lighting set-ups. However, staging these products is essential and may require more time (i.e. stuffing the products to obtain the desired shapes, placing the straps, and showing inside part of the bags).
Few more factors that may affect the pricing :
- How often do I have to change light settings and to change backgrounds.
- How long does it take to prepare the product (i.e. changing clothes on mannequins, taking action shots for clothing on live models).
- Size of the object (industrial machinery photography vs. tabletop size object). In the case of heavy objects, we would require assistance to move it, i.e. furniture.
- Staging the object
- Editing in product photography is critical. Postproduction retouching may be simple or complicated (for example, clear glass on white background requires more time). You may also require removing backgrounds - this is another story.