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Who Pays Photographers? A Listing of Experiences with Magazines and Media.

By Anthony Thurston on March 10th 2013


Have you ever wondered how much the pros are getting paid for that sporting event, or that feature in a magazine? If you have you likely know that information like that is very hard to come by. Magazines and Other Media carefully guard their pricelists, partly because they are always changing and partly because that’s just the way things have always been done.

A new tumblr blog looks to shed some light on the subject by collecting photographer’s experiences with these various media outlets and publishing that information on their website. “Who Pays Photographers” is a new site, but already has some very interesting information. If you are at all curious about professional rates I would check It out.

My Thoughts

I think that this is an awesome idea, but I am very skeptical about how reliable the information provided is going to be. Anyone can go on the site and submit a price, which begs the question – how long can it go until the site is full of a bunch of fake rates? Since there is no verification possible on these submissions, and rates are submitted anonymously how can we trust what we are seeing?

I think that it’s fun to look at, and – at least currently – seems to be sharing some realistic rates. So if you are curious about pro rates head over and check it out. I wouldn’t go emailing these publications and offering your services at the rates you saw though. You only get one chance to make an impression and you don’t want to mess it up by botching your introduction with false information.

[via reddit]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa


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  2. Jose

    Outdoor photography that is what I like

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  3. Erin

    It would be a little more worthwhile if is was more specific on what type of publication it is and what the distribution is. There are tags, but some are very generic.

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  4. Nico Socha

    hmhm interesting but i think its not good to look at it… there are now only 2 sites of submissions and the price range is high. But overall the prices are very low and i miss many details. What is with the post processing, get they paid for it or not? There must be a form to fill out with all important data than it makes sense and than its possible to compare. The freetext form is not so well i think.

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  5. caryjordonphotography

    I did a feature article shoot for Diesel World magazine that was printed in the March 2010 issue. . . .never got a dime. . .I guess thats what happens for first timers

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  6. WhoPaysPhotogs

    The more photogs that submit, the fuller a picture. Sure, there could be fake submissions, but what would be the point? And ideally, the real submissions will drown out the fakes.

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