Photography Packages – can somebody explain the difference?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2973 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BirdieNY:  To me it sounds like the first option comes with a CD of your pictures (or whatever other digital method), while the second one comes with just the negatives (so no digital/CD option). 

I might be wrong, but that’s what I’m gathering from the info. 

Post # 5
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@BirdieNY:  The way both are worded with “retouched” means they are the same thing, retouched digital images that you can print.  One uses the word “files” and the other uses the word “negative”, however negative used in the phrase is misleading because a negative is the full image file taken by the camera and untouched.  A “retouched negative” is not really a negative because it’s been retouched.

The word negative goes back to traditional film usage.  When you took an image, it was emblazoned on a film negative.  Prints are made using the negative and depending on the processing, a photographer would retouch images for light balance, color, etc…  But the negative film would always remain an untouched and original image as taken by the camera.  Photographers rarely sold the negatives.

Now that everything is digital the negative is the original file image taken by the camera.  Technically once it’s retouched, it’s no longer the negative but now we’re just getting into nitpicking semantics.

Post # 7
395 posts
Helper bee

The only real difference it seems is one includes printing rights?

Post # 8
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BirdieNY:  You’re getting a lot of conflicting answers but trust me on this. 

The first package you mentioned is probably significantly more expensive because the photos are retouched AND you get rights to reprint your photos. The second package includes images with just very basic adjustments like color balance and contrast and does not mention rights to print the images. See my link above for the difference between retouched and digital negatives in the wedding industry.  

Post # 9
395 posts
Helper bee

Why not just ask the photographer? Everyone here is just guessing!:) both say they are retouched. 

On my package offerings I simply call my digital negatives high res digital negatives but they are fully retouched. 



Post # 10
1492 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

to be honest, sounds like the photographer has a typo. ask them for clarification. the word “retouched” shows up in both lines – maybe he/she meant proof for one of them, “high resolution” is in both lines. Digital negatives ARE files. The only difference is one of them doesn’t have printing rights.

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