Do you remember the days when you would create something with your toys as a kid, but you weren’t yet done with the finished product and someone tried to see it but you just weren’t ready?
Here’s the thing..
Photographers feel this when clients ask them for their photos in RAW.
What are RAW photos?
RAW photos are what you think they sound like--raw. They are photos that came straight out of the camera and are at their purest form. They are a file type which contains immense details in each photo that allow photographers the liberty to edit with more control than a traditional image, also known as a JPEG file. Due to their immense details in each photo, the size of each photo is much larger than a traditional file such as a JPEG or PNG file.
With RAW images, you’d need programs like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, or other photography softwares to open the files to edit.
Now that you know what RAW photos are…
You can start to understand that because there are so many details that allow photographers to edit with more control, it also gives photographers more range to edit their photos in their own creative style, especially since RAW photos come straight out of camera without a lot of vibrance and contrast in the colors.
Okay, but what if you already have these sophisticated programs to open these RAW photos? What if you want to edit the photos yourself?
Most photographers will (hands down) tell you the answer will be no. And here’s why.
Photographers spend a great deal of time and effort photographing and editing their photos in post production. We spend not only our time, but our own personal creative style goes into editing each image.
Asking for a RAW image to edit yourself, is almost like you telling a chef at a restaurant that you’ll hire them to cook the food, but then you want a turn in the kitchen and serve your table the food you cooked, but call it the chef’s cooking. By doing that, the food was once the chef’s but no longer their style because they didn’t actually cook it. However, the rest of the table thinks it was cooked by the chef, when indeed it wasn’t.
See where I’m going with this?
What was once RAW photos would no longer showcase your photographer’s brand and personal touch if they are not edited by them.
What are some exceptions?
Exceptions to receiving RAW images is a hefty price most of the time. But even then, it’s a very unlikely scenario. Personally, I don’t have exceptions like this in my business.
Photos are delivered edited in my own creative style and no exceptions are made.
One main thing to consider before you attempt to ask for RAW:
You hired your photographer because you loved their work. The photos they shot,edited and posted all over their website and social media for clients like you to admire. It’s their creative editing skills and flare is what draws clients in for them. So, by accepting the edited photos as they are without adding filters, altering or asking for RAW photos and just simply reposting them on your social media accounts or hanging them up in your home the way they were delivered to you speaks HIGHER VOLUMES about what you think about your photographer.
Your friends and family will see these photos and know exactly what kind of style this photographer does without question because they edited their photos their way and you wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.