How much should I charge for my photographic work?

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I have a photography/publishing question for you. I took a photo at a concert, recently. I thought it was really great, so I sent it to the artist. A few weeks later, he actually wrote back and asked if I had it in hi-res because he might like to use it on his next CD. Being a graphic design dabbler, I did; and I sent it. This is the message I got this morning:

Hi Wendy,
I would like to use this shot for my new CD-
Will there be a charge? It is a great shot
Please let me know ASAP

I am not a photog. I just happened into a beautiful shot. Should I charge him and how much if I do?
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Thanks Spud!
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Since this is time sensitive and I'm not even a hobbyist, I decided to ask for photo credit, a copy of the CD, and whatever the artist thinks is a fair rate to release all rights.
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Sounds fair. As someone who used to be in a band my guess is they probably don't have a ton of dough. It'll be kind of cool to your picture on a CD, too.
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Thanks, Jeff! We are also a family of musicians and run a small recoding studio; I hear you on the lack of dough. I think I only entertained the thought of a fee because he would be considered a "success," but I actually wrote back and told him he could have the photo at no charge (still requesting credit and a copy). My original intention was for him to have a copy because I thought it was gorgeous. It just didn't feel right to ask him to pay because he agreed with me!