Wedding Photographer and Raw

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Michael Firstlight Veteran Member • Posts: 4,215
Re: I'm not a wedding photographer but...

By giving away this unfinished product a photographer gets hurt twice:

1. He will find poorly edited or unedited photos online under his name. Those could shine! But they don't. And his name is there as 'photographer'.

2. He has a certain style, much of which is applied in post-editing. You hired him for that style. Those unfinished raws don't have that.

Your point #1 is valid but the risk can be minimized by contract. Your point #2 is off-base - the only one hurt is the photographer's ego.  I got all of the RAW files from my wedding shoot and applied MY style-  far more to my liking as the client.  I built my own printed book of my wedding after post-processing my way in my style - hundreds of frames. Fact is, there are a lot of clients with better post-processing skills than the hired photographer - a result of the democratizing of the craft.

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