Wedding Photographer and Raw

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MOD Biggs23 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,255
Re: I'm not a wedding photographer but...
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Michael Firstlight wrote:

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.

It can't, because the contract will not be adhered to, and there's no way to sue your clients without word getting out that you are 'that guy' who sues your clients.

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.

I'm surprised you didn't ask the baker for the ingredients! After all, you have an oven!

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