mpdesigner wrote:Yeah some of my clients balk at a measly $500 when it makes them oodles in PR and save them in photography. I guess I run into a lot of cheapskate start-ups who don't have a realistic view of what things cost at consultancies. One guy even said to me, it's "easy" for you as a reason not to charge. Easy or not it's still time and I still have to get paid for it.
Hard to predict teh views needed beforehand beacue the esign may have special features invented during the process so hard to set a certain number of views sometimes.
I used to do fixed bids but no more. I think that's just way too risky cause things can get out of hand if the client gets fussy. Now I do hourly rate only but ofcourse you still have those that think you are taking too long to do something. I had a guy tell me that 1 hour for a photoreal rendering is too much time and it should only take me 15 to 20 minutes tops. Yeah right....takes more time to go pee and brush in the morning. Not to mention we need to justify purchsing and maintaining hardware and software to do this kind of work.
Ok. it sounds like your more involved with visualising through the design development process, than producing a set of images of final CAD data...that's a different kettle of fish, and yes charging by the hour for that type of work would be the way to go due to the unknown amount of change within the design process.
I worked in this type of role previously at an interior design consultancy, originally onboard as an Industrial Desinger, I was initially asked to render up a few finished interiors to show the client what their $XXXXXX kitchen would look like, to eventually being fully integrated into the design process where 3D was being used for independent, light, form, material studies etc etc
Out of interest, what type of work are you doing ?