When it comes to your project, costs can easily mount as details are added, ideas are changed, scale is increased, and time ticks away; however, we understand that it is tremendously important to our clients to remain within budget while we produce the best product for their needs. We pride ourselves in providing solutions for our clients, and that includes passing along useful information to help you save the most money possible without sacrificing the quality of your project. Whether you are working with a different studio or with us, here are some money-saving tips to keep in mind throughout your project to help you get the best bang for your buck.
10 Ways to Save on Professional Photography Projects
1. Have a solid and approved concept.
The less time we are changing the scope of the project, tweaking the concept, or just figuring things out, the quicker the project gets done, saving you time and money.
2. Adapt your scope to your budget.
Sometimes eyes are bigger than wallets, but you can still create the imagery you are envisioning on a smaller budget. The more of your budget information you provide us, the more likely we will be able to come up with creative solutions to achieve your vision all while staying within that budget.
3. Stay within the scope of the project.
Increasing the scope of the project will always end up costing you more, so if possible, stick to the scope and it will save you money.
4. Make notes on imagery before we start retouching.
You can save on retouching time if you let us know what specific areas of an image/render you would like addressed before we begin. This ensures that we are only spending time retouching the areas that are troubling you, which will result in fewer rounds of revisions, meaning less time spent retouching. It’s a chain reaction of savings!
Knowing your intended usage allows us to tailor the imagery for that specific usage, which can sometimes translate into savings.
6. Shoot multiples of similar items in one shoot rather than several individual shoots.
The more shoots we schedule, the more it will cost you. Save time and money by doing as much as possible in one scheduled shoot.
7. Watch out for the “too many eyes making approvals” trap.
Everyone’s input is valid and important, but making revision after revision can increase time and become expensive. Finding a healthy balance between the two is ideal.
8. Shoot stills while you’re shooting video.
Two birds - one stone: get it all done at the same time in order to save money.
9. Let us find efficiencies in the process.
We may be able to change the shot order, reuse sets for multiple settings, etc.
10. CGI vs. Photography
Sometimes a project can be done more quickly and cheaply with photography services than CGI. Other times the opposite is true and CGI will be your better/cheaper option. We will look at all of the options and find the solution that works best for you.
We realize that while everyone loves to save money, a lot of these options are sometimes out of your control. We don’t expect everyone to be able to follow all of these guidelines every single time, but the more information you have, the more likely you will be able to capitalize on the cost-saving strategies that are under your control. As mentioned above, we want to ensure our clients are receiving the best possible service with the best possible outcome, and saving a few bucks along the way certainly doesn’t hurt.
Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been updated.