Pricing

"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without." ~Confucius
 
Image The following prices are illustrative and do not cover all possible service configurations. For more information on pricing, please use the Contact Page for a personalized response to your specific needs. Rates are subject to change.
 
 

Prices


- Panorama*: $300 first; $150 each additional @ same location/date.
- Virtual gallery: $150 gallery 'rental'; quote on content and rendering.
- Panoramic tours: panoramas cost plus quote on additional embedded content.
- In-studio 360º Imaging** (Up to 14") $100 setup plus $50 per item.
- In-studio 3D from Artifact*** (mesh model) (Up to 14"): $500.
- On-site photography day rate, first 2 hours: $300; each additional hour $100.

* The panorama is a high-resolution size of 12,000 pixels horizontally, which is twice the average consumer panorama dimension and 4x the image area. The images are very detailed, and encompass 12-14 stops of dynamic range. This level of quality ensures the utmost in visual integrity. The price indicated is for a spherical panorama, which includes a 360º view all around, as well as the ceiling and floor. For archival or in-house or screen-capture purposes, panoramas of higher resolution are available, though they require more capture time of more images with additional processing and are therefore priced by quotation, on a project-by-project basis. Image processing is completed off-site and final panoramas are typically available in 48-72 hours. The are provided in a Web-ready format for straight-forward inclusion in your website. Images will also be provided for use with Facebook and Google.

** In-studio 360º imaging is a series of images created while the object is rotated on a turntable. A single set of images is considered one row. Multi-row rotations are also possible for showing additional perspectives. The pricing indicated is for a single-row 36-image rotation. The job setup fee relates to a category of product or artifact: For example, shoes would be a category and there would be a setup fee for imaging a collection of shoes, while each separate pair is charged the item price. Additional rows and higher image counts incur nominal additional costs by quotation. This is a photographic process and the result is a series of photographs provided in a Web-ready format for straight-forward inclusion in your website. For 3D mesh and texture creation, see the 3D from Artifact service.

*** This process results in a mesh model and a texture. On-site pricing for imaging of an artifact to be made into a 3D object will require a separate quotation. The results of this work are very accurate, however visual access to an artifact will impact completeness of the 3D object (i.e. if some areas are hidden and not visible for photographic imaging they cannot be included in the final object). Clear and mirror-like reflective artifacts cannot be scanned using the photogrammetry methods employed here.

What services are included in the price?

The prices above include image making and image processing and delivery. Every project has unique requirements, but in general, except perhaps for the virtual galleries, there is a photography stage, followed by an image processing stage, and then a delivery stage. Much of the necessary work is done during the image processing stage, which constitutes the 'behind the scenes' aspect of a project. The pricing shown above includes basic image processing after photography, although specific requests for extensive retouching are a separate fee. The high quality panoramas and 3D models from artifacts created by this service receive extensive image processing, which should be taken into account when evaluating cost and value. Virtual galleries are 3D environments in the computer. Pricing for their use requires a quotation for 2D art or 3D model placement, as they are not sold 'empty'; client-created content may be accepted for inclusion in virtual galleries, or content image development can be quoted as a concurrent component of virtual gallery projects. Electronic project delivery is used with all services, typically via Dropbox. For a nominal fee, CD/DVD delivery is available.

What are you buying?

The deliverables produced by this service will include licensing for their contracted use. There are no monthly fees or subscriptions for access to panoramas, panoramic tours or images. 3D models may require hosting to support interactive viewing using a 3rd party service such as Sketchfab, but this is a technical consideration, not a licensing consideration; 3D models may also be placed and used within other 3D environments, such as a virtual gallery. Additional use of the deliverables beyond the original contractual specifications may require a separate licensing contract and fee. Images created by this service are not licensed for distribution through stock photo agencies.

Travel:

Travel is included for a 30 mile radius (approximate) from 91326. This includes:

Los Angeles (north of downtown)
Santa Monica
San Fernando Valley
Thousand Oaks
Agoura
Simi Valley
Valencia
Pasadena
Burbank
Glendale

Travel to other locations is available and the travel rate is quoted on a project-by-project basis. Every reasonable attempt will be made to schedule work in such a way that the on-site time is optimized regarding first hour/additional hour and first panorama/additional panorama pricing.

Last minute transportation issues that cannot be anticipated may require schedule adjustments. If the available time slot is extremely critical, early arrival arrangements can be provided and would be described in a separate quotation.

Rates are subject to change. Only the rate documented at the time of contract acceptance by both parties is considered binding.
 
Deposits and Cancellations

Depending on project size, the deposit is generally 50%, due two weeks in advance of project commencement, and is refundable with 48 hours notice of cancellation before the project start date and time. (Note: If the project requires additional 3rd party services, those charges are payable in full, in advance, and may, or may not, be refundable, subject to the terms of those 3rd party providers.) If a project needs to be rescheduled, and 48 hours notice is given, there is no charge for the first instance of such an event (please see the exception noted above for 3rd party services).

It is possible that illness will prevent starting a project at the scheduled date and time. Such an occurrence will not be considered a cancellation, and a new project schedule will be drafted at the earliest appropriate time without changes in the agreed upon pricing.
 
How are payments made?

Retainers, purchase orders and other processing methods may require extended lead time before project inception. Please plan accordingly.

Final payments are due upon project delivery. Payments can be made via check or through PayPal. This site provides a payment link, which leads to a secure PayPal portal.

If a refund is issued, it will be issued in the same form as received. Refunds are issued after a 30-day clearing period from the original payment.
 
Are some projects billed hourly?

Some projects are ongoing with requirements and outcomes that may not be clearly delineated. In those circumstances, hourly billing will be proposed, with an hourly rate and retainer amount to be determined.
 
Deliverables

For photography work the images are delivered in the specified target format and size (e.g. TIFF, JPEG, HTML). Unless the project is a 'works for hire' arrangement, RAW images are not delivered; these are unsuitable in their native form for direct output.

For individual panoramas and panoramic tours, the output is a collection of files in a precise arrangement for presentation on a website. These files must remain together as a set to function correctly and are delivered with the required organization. Additional tours using the original photographs, but with different navigation and added content, are available for separate service fees. Please note that panorama and panoramic tour modifications require specialized software that is not provided.

For 3D from artifact projects, the final model with applied texture is delivered in the specified format (e.g. OBJ, DAE, JPG, PNG) and polygon count. The individual images used to build the model and texture are not delivered. Please note that 3D model modification and viewing requires specialized software that is not provided.

For virtual galleries, final images with embedded artwork or products are delivered as still images, or as panoramas, or as panoramic tours. The environment models and textures used to create the virtual galleries themselves are not delivered and 'empty' rendered virtual spaces are not sold.

This service does not assume responsibility for long-term preservation of client deliverables; therefore the client is expected to use suitable methods for backup and archival preservation.
 
Copyright

Client artwork and artifacts retain all of their original copyrights. The client may submit artwork images with watermarks for embedded content in tours and galleries if this is preferred.

Unless otherwise arranged, the copyright for all imaging performed by this service (whether it is still, panoramic, or moving), and for all audio, provided by this service, remains with this service. As the client, you are purchasing service and licensing, not copyright. If you wish to hold the copyright in a 'works for hire' arrangement, this must be arranged in advance.

Normally, any production of this service may be selected to appear in portfolio and promotional materials for this service. However, a client request not to exhibit their images produced by this service will be honored if requested.

It is expected that the client holds all necessary copyright permissions and licensing for any materials supplied to this service for inclusion in a production. Copyright research is not performed. However, if there are questions of copyright ownership, such materials may not be accepted. In particular, images, text, music and video taken from the Web are considered to be copyright protected and will not be accepted unless reliable indication of permission is formally presented.