I'm an amateur photographer and I think I'm looking to take that step to semi-professional photog. There is a Civil War reenactment coming up and the opportunity to hangout on the "battle field" and snap a few action shots has come up. If they paid me in donuts and cocaine, I'd probably do it despite being on a diet and drug free since '83 (I just liked the rhyme... there isn't a story about what happened in 1983 when I was 6 years old).
Well, compensation is $100 for the day which would amount to maybe a 90 minute round trip drive for me and probably a 2 hour "battle". Seriously how long could a reenactment last? I presume I would give up all copyright over my photos and they would potentially be published as a calendar, postcards, or in a book. I might get a credit in a book, but I would doubt I would keep any rights to the images.
So is that a fair offer? Again... I'm going to do it... but I read an article a few years ago about not working for peanuts or free because that just hurts the entire industry.
I haven't been offered the gig yet or told the specific details about residuals, but I am also trying to be realistic and not being too naive.
Thanks for responding. John Mulaney has a line about being naive. You're gonna give me a whole $100 for all my songs Mr. Gordy?!?