June 7th, 2012, 03:38 AM
Wedding photography - why can't I have the RAW's?
So this potential wedding pro that I want to hire says she will not provide me with the RAW's due to artistic reasons. Certain wedding pro's over at MU43 seem to be split on whether or not photographers should provide the RAW's to the client if asked.
I want the RAW's, begged her for it, but she won't budge. While I understand her reasoning, I still think clients should be given the RAW if they ask. Now I'm hesitant to hire her even though I like her work. Wedding preparation and planning bites!!
Current Gear: A little bit of this and a little bit of that, but want more!
June 7th, 2012, 04:13 AM
"artistic reasons" ? hmmm ...
I'd imagine it's more about ensuring that you don't produce and distribute more images for which she wouldn't be getting paid ... she has a product and an income stream and wants to protect it ... I'd be surprised if most wedding snappers didn't say the same, (but I'm only assuming) ...
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June 7th, 2012, 04:24 AM
I can fully understand it actually. She doesn't know anything about your processing skills or artistic taste. If she started letting clients have raw files (do they even let you have decent sized jpegs, or just heavily watermarked samples to choose prints from?), it would only be a matter of time before a client would process some of them in a way that would reflect very badly on her business. I can totally understand her maintaining total control over the final look and feel if her images. Even if it is your wedding, her professional reputation is on the line with every image that goes out with her name on it.
I'm far from a pro, but if I was one, I'd adopt the same policy. Not even a close call.
June 7th, 2012, 04:55 AM
Someone else's raw files? Ugh, no thanks!
We got over 700 images (jpegs, processed) from our wedding photographer which was PLENTY. So far some have been posted on facebook, some have been given to family and friends, one was used on the thank you cards, and we'll probably print one of them to put up on the wall.
Last edited by Luckypenguin; June 7th, 2012 at 04:58 AM.
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June 7th, 2012, 06:57 AM
It is pretty standard practice for pro wedding and portrait photographers. Their business depends on the final images. We all know there can be a huge difference in the look of an image straight from the camera and what you see post process. Pros usually do not want to chance badly processed images getting out there.
June 7th, 2012, 07:11 AM
To me this is such a no-brainer that if someone DID offer the raws and allow them to be processed, I'd question how good they were. It seems to me that any good wedding photographer with a reputation would want total control over the final product. I'd be shocked if they'd even give up jpegs without somehow assuring that they're read only and if anyone copied them that the copies would be read-only also.
Maybe there are pros out there who do let the files go and let you work on 'em, but I'd find it really surprising...
June 7th, 2012, 07:25 AM
Actually, when my daughter (the princess) was married, I was delighted that we even got a CD with decent-resolution JPEGS on it. Some years before that, you would get to see printed proofs which would be severely water-marked, then get to select the few dozen that would be printed for you in the wedding album; no negatives or digital files of any kind.
Printing services - including the one-hour variety - have also become very aware of their responsibilities under the copyright laws of the US. They'll often refuse to print photos that look "too professional", implying that the customer doesn't have the rights to the photos being presented. (I've never run into this problem, which of course speaks to the quality of my photos).
June 7th, 2012, 07:40 AM
Fascinating! So, if I've sent pics to mpix (I have) and they actually print them (they have), that means I suck! Cool, they should use that in their advertising!
Originally Posted by Crsnydertx
June 7th, 2012, 07:49 AM
Last edited by Crsnydertx; June 7th, 2012 at 07:53 AM.
June 7th, 2012, 07:53 AM
My wife and I didn't have a "proper" wedding and I'm glad for that, but if we had.....as much as I love photography, I wouldn't want to be pixel-peeping photos from the day. Armando, if you've seen her work and are happy with it, just trust her and enjoy the day.
And bring a serious compact and sneak in a few of your own ;)
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