Wedding Photographer and Raw

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Craig Gillette Forum Pro • Posts: 11,640
Re: It's business

Keeping the raw files follows the keeping of the negatives as a practice.  However, who gets, keeps, raws, negatives, controls prints is something that should be established when the services are contracted.  Not all "pros" kept the negs or made it a serious part of their business.  The customer/consumer with an interest in a particular product should work that out up front.

The photographer would like to control the potential for future print sales.  And/or they have inflated print prices to begin with so it's tempting to avoid the legitimate path to more prints.

Some photographers have an image and style they'd like to protect.  Perhaps more think that way than need to, but it's an issue.  I think the appropriately high priced and high talented shooters have a more refined and justified interest there.

I think the print market is falling apart from low demand and it's next to impossible to preclude copying of delivered prints.

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