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One thing you have to keep in mind when deciding what to charge is replacement cost of equipment. For example, you will want to build up a savings account so you can replace or upgrade your equipment over a period of time. I have set my timeline for two years for complete replacement cost on camera and computer, three years for lighting and accessories. For this my rate will average between $50 and $75 an hour depending on the client and the size of the project.
I know that my area will support a larger fee but I have only been doing this for a year and do not have all the experience as the top dollar videographers out there. Another factor in my fee is that all my equipment is new and should last for a few years before having problems, I hope.