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^^ Yep, what Jack said. I’ve had clients ask for a three or four camera shoot of a long event, then ask me why I’m charging so much. Well, 1) I have a business to run… 2) I own and intimately know how to use all of the gear – and this is really key. The client doesn’t own the gear, nor do they possess the ability to use the gear properly, let alone edit together a multi-cam shoot. The hours spent learning, not just the gear, but how to compose a shot, manage white balance across multiple cameras, record and sync a separate audio track…etc., makes my time valuable. The cameras and audio gear required for such a shoot are costly. If I’m not able to make enough money to pay for, A) the gear B) repairs, and C) keeping my business open, then I can’t take on such a project. And, finally 3) Before each shoot, I must spend hours charging batteries (multiple batteries per camera – don’t underestimate this step – it can kill a good portion of a day), planning camera and mic positions (coverage)…etc. It all adds up. Just because a potential client doesn’t understand what goes into the process, does not mean you have to lower your price. They could always hire someone for far less, and get lesser results.
Now, if you’re just starting out – you should consider doing a number of jobs for either really cheap, or for free. You need the experience, not just in shooting but also in editing.