Wedding Photographer and Raw

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Aaron801 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,140
Re: Wedding Photographer and Raw

tbcass wrote:

Aaron801 wrote:

tbcass wrote:

I want to add one more thing. Wedding photographers where I live get $2000-$4000 and, while their work is technically good, it's the same old stock poses I've been seeing for over 50 years. For that much money, I would expect something more, something original and artistic. What they do takes little in real talent. If they are going to give the same unoriginal work then the least they should do is give up the RAW files to the customer.

I don't know what average prices are, and I'm sure that this varies greatly according to the area, but I have seen wedding photography work that's a lot more thoughtful than what you're talking about. I've seen plenty of work that to my eyes is incredibly good, that few people are capable of, though however great the work it still might not be worth the sort of investment that this kind of work tends to cost. The best wedding photography that I've seen goes beyond well lit, perfectly color balanced shots that have sufficiently blurry non-distracting backgrounds to work that is able to make folks look really glamorous and isn't simply a collection of posed looking photos, but is has a documentary element that shows the event from many different perspectives... shows all different kinds of aspects.

Those talented ones are famous, charge huge fees, and are used by wealthy celebrities. I'm talking about the hundreds to thousands of wedding photographers used by us common folk.

I'm talking about that too.... There are plenty of of great photographers who aren't famous. My friend's wedding was shot by a guy who made a really fantastic set of images. I don't really know the guy but I suspect that he makes a very good living in photography. He doesn't need to be on the famous level to do that and I would guess that he's happy with where he is. It's hard enough to make a living in something like photography...

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