Wedding Photographer and Raw

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Aaron801 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,086
Re: Vision
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tbcass wrote:

Shadowsurfer wrote:

When I did professional theatrical photography I delivered a product in the form of prints, that I decided or my client decided, were what was wanted. No way would I let the negatives out of my hands to let others print. The "performance" of the printing process is sometimes more important than the data on the negative.

With Raw it is no different. The Raw files are a base from which I work. I do not want anybody alse messing with the post processing of my Raw files, outputting images that are not consonant with my taste and vision.

I believe most wedding photographers consign a finished album of pictures, and/or a set of PP images on CD. This is the service you are paying for, not the idle act of tripping the shutter.

One of a kind negatives are different from RAW files of which exact copies can be made. You are looking at it from the point of view of the photographer who is driven by profit. I look at it from the point of view of the client/buyer who is trying to get the most for their money. It's always a tug of war but the old adage is "The customer is always right". Good customer relations are very important in business. The photographer could have the client sign an agreement that they are not allowed to copy, distribute or profit in any way off those RAW files.

Yes, negatives are different than RAW files in the sense that they can't be copied, but not in the sense that they are both the original, source copy,

As for the "customer is always right," I would say that there are certainly cases that stress this particular adage. If it is indeed an industry that photographers don't give up their negatives or their RAWs then when the customer expects copies of them, they are expecting something they clearly have to right to expect. I think that you aren't really giving much credit to the way that photographers (and other associated folks like designers, illustrators, etc) tend to structure their contracts and why they do so.

I don't really do professional photography work, but I do graphic design work for hire. I'm not in the habit of giving out my original layouts to clients. If I were to do that then someone could hand them off to someone else and make a handbill from my poster, a brochure from my sales packet, etc. I provide a finished product and if the customer needs any more associated materials, then they're going to have to hire me to create those...

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