So what is your point? If I go to an event and take photos, I should offer them for free to the entrants?
My point is that it is not unreasonable for entrants to expect to get photos for free. I am trying to get you to justify why I, from an entrant's perspective, should pay you for photos of me and my car, especially if I have not specifically asked you to be at the event and have no reference of you work.
I took umbrage to your earlier post "the person requesting your services...
I get a lot of people from motorsport events wanting photos of themselves, but don't want to pay a cent".
You are not providing a service to that driver if you went to the event on your own accord and should not expect them to cover the costs of your "$15k in equipment, time taken off work, transport costs", you are providing them with a product and ultimately it should be them who decides whether your end product necessitates any monetary value.
I believe it is incredibly short sighted to say to an entrant that if he/she wants a photo then they will have to pay for it. I'm not saying give them all your photos of their vehicle or give them the photos in full resolution but I believe they deserve something. You can always use the free/sample/preview image/s to sell them your premium product or photography services.
Whether you like it or not, there will always be amateurs taking photos and the drivers will be able to get photos off them for free. Therefore, it is up to the quality of your photos to justify any premium over what they can readily find. If your skills and equipment cannot differentiate you from the 'amateurs' then you should not be making any money.
but my time and tallent is worth something and I can happily justify charging $x for my work.
I personally think that this is a bullshit mentality, especially for somebody relatively new to the industry. Time and talent mean absolutely nothing unless you put the results on the board. You can happily justify charging $x for your work but the client has to be able to justify paying $x for your work.
I dont pretend to be a pro
If you say so.
The more 'photographers' roll over and give away their photos for free, the harder it is for a pro to make money. I know several pro's who have been undercut by amatures wanting just photo credit in return for their photos in a magazine, purely because they were free and the pro wasn't.
No doubt, but it doesn't matter whether you are undercutting professional photographers by a little or by a lot, you are still making it harder for them to make money.