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09/22/2006 08:19:00 PM · #1
I was just asked to give private photography lessons. I have a photography diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa and have kept up on my knowledge since. So I feel I'm fairly highly knowledgeable.

Any ideas on what kind of pricing I should be asking for? I don't want to rob her and I don't want to cheat myself either. \

Thanks in advance.
09/22/2006 09:34:29 PM · #2
Originally posted by shanelighter:

I was just asked to give private photography lessons. I have a photography diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa and have kept up on my knowledge since. So I feel I'm fairly highly knowledgeable.

Any ideas on what kind of pricing I should be asking for? I don't want to rob her and I don't want to cheat myself either. \

Thanks in advance.


$50 per hour is a fair entry rate.
09/22/2006 09:53:03 PM · #3
$50 is a basic standard
09/24/2006 12:05:38 PM · #4
Sorry, I should mention I'm in Canada. To me, 50 per half hour sounds high, especially for North Bay, a smaller city. Does 60 dollars per hour Canadian sound reasonable?
09/24/2006 12:08:56 PM · #5
I just checked out pricing for Photography courses at the local College, and they work out to between 5-7 dollars per hour of instruction.
09/24/2006 01:14:59 PM · #6
Originally posted by shanelighter:

I just checked out pricing for Photography courses at the local College, and they work out to between 5-7 dollars per hour of instruction.


Yeah but they do classes with what, 12-20 people in them? So if they split the time evenly between students, that would be what? With 20/12 people, 3/5 minutes per student per hour. And THAT translates into $5.00 x 12 = $60/hr if each gets 5 minutes of individual attention.

Are these classes you want to teach one-on-one or group classes?

When I taught for the University of California in Extension courses (open to the public) I got paid (and this was in the late 70's, the dollar was worth more) $700.00 for 10 weeks, one session a week, 90-minute sessions. That's roughly $45/hr for my time in the late 70's... The University paid me of course, the students paid THEM. I think the students paid $150.00 for the 10 week course...

I don't "teach" photography anymore, but I am tutoring a student who needs to improve his verbal reasoning skills to pass the MCAT (med school tests) and he is paying me $60/hr for that, one-on-one, for whatever that is worth. And for each hour I spend with him I spend an hour or so lesson-planning, so don't forget to take that into account in determining what you will charge; it's not just the time you spend with the student, but the time you spend preparing the lessons etc...

$50 Canadian per hour for one-on-one sounds reasonable to me.

R.

Message edited by author 2006-09-24 13:15:57.
09/24/2006 01:39:52 PM · #7
Wow, I need to get a photography degree!! Or tell other music teachers that these photogs are making more than we are! :-)

Ok, it's not the same field, but it might give you some ideas. I've taught music lessons since I was in High School. When I was in HS I charged $10 a half hour...sort of my "I'm still a student" fee. When I got to college and was working on my music degree I charged $15 a half hour...my "I'm going to be a professional" fee.

So I suppose my point is that you shouldn't feel bad charging the industry standard because you have the education and experience to back it up! But I suppose that just like pricing photos, you could always negotiate with what your prospective client is willing to pay. If you tell them $50 and they strap on their Nikes to run away, you can always work from there. I know it's kind of weird to figure out how much your instruction is worth...how much you're worth in essence....but don't sell yourself short!
09/24/2006 04:25:22 PM · #8
what is your time worth ?
is this taxable money ?
is the person signing up (paying in advance ?)
or per session ?

i wouldn't do it for less than 50$CND/hour ..
09/24/2006 04:55:32 PM · #9
Darwin Wiggett is a professional photographer in Calgary.

Check out his prices at the bottom of the page linked.

//www.darwinwiggett.com/workshops.html

10/27/2006 11:52:16 AM · #10
Wow, thats sounds incredibly high. I think you should charge your absolute minimum. If i had the ability and knowledge I know i would pass it on for nothing, or as little as possible.
10/27/2006 11:57:55 AM · #11
Family and friends, or people whom I enjoy the company of I'll do it for free. If a stranger asked me to spend a couple hours one on one with them and they were willing to pay, I'd charge at least $50/hour American (isn't that about $75 Canadian).

10/27/2006 12:07:54 PM · #12
I teach for the local school district. 30 people per class - 5 weeks. They pay me $50 per class to teach it.

My course includes one 2 hour field trip with a group of 7-10 so I can help them with their individual cameras.

I have lots come to me for a personal field trip. I really don't want to do it, so I threw the number of $50 for a 90 minute field trip.

I've had 6-7 from each class take me up on that.

Since then I've realized an assistant can be darn helpful, so I offer for them to come on a model shoot with me as an assistant - I have a list of a dozen people waiting to come to see how I do it. LOL - of course there are many times I feel like I don't know what I'm doing - but they still seem to learn tons by helping me place reflector boards, move lights, etc.

$50/hr is SO FAIR compared to the potential income - I've paid far more than that to sit in a group of 200 to listen to animators from Industrial Light and Magic with no degree talk about animation! Worth every penny to me when I got home because I could make money with it.

FWIW
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