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Full resolution CD for video

Liz Weisiger , Nov 24, 2011; 10:45 a.m.

Is this another version of "no good deed goes unpunished?": I offered a discount voucher for a charity event, to photograph up to 3 people, with 1-2 hours of shooting time. The winner of the voucher has contacted me to say she would like to add 6 people to the session (total of 9 people). I told her the cost for the additional people is $200, plus the cost of prints. I low balled it since this job came through the charity event. I was going to provide her with a CD with low res images so I could at lease make a little on the printing end of this.

Now she wants me to give her a CD with full resolution images, so she can make a video/slideshow for her son's wedding.

Any suggestions for how I can manage this? I feel sick that I won't make a decent wage off this huge job.


Charles Webster , Nov 24, 2011; 11:22 a.m.

Charge extra for the CD, just as you increased the price for more people. Make it an amount that will offset the loss of print sales.


Matt Laur , Nov 24, 2011; 12:18 p.m.

There's no reason she needs full-resolution images for a video or slide show.

Liz Weisiger , Nov 24, 2011; 12:59 p.m.

Thank you both for replying. What would you charge for the CD?

Bob Sunley , Nov 24, 2011; 05:27 p.m.

That might depend on what your net profit from an average set of print sales might be.

Frank Skomial , Nov 24, 2011; 06:05 p.m.

What Matt says.
Prepare picture of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and explain that this is the best for the video or slide show.
Though, 2 MB is printable postcard size.

Ray Abel , Nov 25, 2011; 10:32 a.m.

1920x1080, 72 dpi for the slide show CD... But, do they have a photographer for the wedding? Photographer for their next family event? You "got noticed" by this family. That's an important part of this whole "problem".

Jeff Spirer , Nov 25, 2011; 10:45 a.m.

72 dpi

I can't believe this is still popping up.

One more time, digital images have resolution defined by x pixels by y pixels. "dpi" is a header to an output device that outputs in inches, like a printer. You can leave it at whatever it is unless you are printing somewhere that it matters.

Liz Weisiger , Nov 25, 2011; 02:08 p.m.

Thank you all for taking the time to respond with all this helpful information.

Liz Weisiger , Nov 25, 2011; 04:30 p.m.

By the way, once I sent the client information of what the fee would be for the CD, she balked, and canceled the shoot. I forgot to mention, this was a rush job. I think I dodged a bullet, clearly she was looking for a cheap deal all along.

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