I need the help/opinion of experienced pro/semi pro members on this. For the next months, I'll have the opportunity to get a number of assignment photo jobs, plus a number of shootings that are not exactly an "assignment" per se. Let me explain. In the first category, there are a couple of field jobs for publications, possibly some product photography and a series of shootings for a 2013 thematic calendar. I can find how much to charge for these and they are not so much of a problem. In the meantime, I'm planning on some portrait/promotional type work for up-starting bands, singers, aspiring models, actors/actresses, and the like. I bet you all know about the economic situation in Greece, where I live/work. There is simply no way I can charge "what it's worth" for these jobs. Furthermore, I'd like to view these as an opportunity to build my portfolio and extend my visibility, kinda self-promoting work. It still remains a lot of work and effort, plus standard expenses, for each and every shooting. The question is, how would you try to consolidate this? I want to work in the most "ethical" way possible in this respect, while not wasting my time or loosing money. Would you think a "symbolic" fee would be appropriate, or perhaps an arrangement for mutual possible profit would be better? E.g. if photos of a band were used in a promotional campaign by a company, then the company pays a fee. This would raise issues with copywriting, of course, in short, who owns/sells the photos. Please keep in mind that we are talking a very limited and stagnant financial environment, which isn't going to change anytime soon... Subjects I describe in the second segment, usually simply cannot afford to "order" a photo-shoot and pay whatever is in their budget. I'm open to any suggestions and insights you may have on this. Thanks in advance.