Wedding Photographer and Raw

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Aaron801 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,096
Re: Because
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tbcass wrote:

Aaron801 wrote:

Shadowsurfer wrote:

tbcass wrote:

Aaron801 wrote:

... I wound't think that this is standard practice. I might shoot such a thing RAW and do editing (that's the way that I like to work) but I consider my edited versions of the photos to be the "product" that I've been hired to produce. I would probably have a contract that stipulate this and not even mention anything about RAW, but if a client really wants that stuff then I would renegotiate and change extra for that...

Why charge extra? It's no extra work or effort. Once the wedding is over what value are the RAW files to the photographer? If they want to keep them just make copies to give to the client. It just seems like a scam to me.

The Raw files can be a source of further income. Relatives and friends might contact the photographer for copies of the prints the clients bought.

Reprints can be a good source of income.

Also never let anybody you do not trust, work on your Raw files. It could be a major cause of lost reputation, if substandard PP copies of your Raw files start to circulate.

Both of those reasons but particularly the second one. I only want to let go of images that I'm 100% responsible for. I don't like the idea of someone that I don't know finishing the job. They may interpret the images in ways that I don't agree with. If I'm being asked to give up that level of control over my work, I'm going to expect to be paid extra for it.

Isn't good customer relations important to you? If you make the client mad and they tell everyone they know you ripped them off it would be very bad for business.

With this attitude then you must feel that it's reasonable to expect free extras with anything you buy... because after all, the customer is always right, no? There are certainly things that are reasonable to expect, like doing good quality work, turning it in on the deadline agreed upon, behaving respectfully while your photographing an event, carefully following all of the instructions that the client has laid out, etc... but providing extra materials that aren't stipulated int he contract, for no extra money isn't something that it seems fair for a customer to expect.

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