(Closed) High res files – how important are they?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Hight res files are extremely important. Without them, you won’t be able to print various sizes of photographs. If the proofs have the photographers name watermarked on them, they won’t be of much use to you, unless you can crop out the watermark. I would be leary of a photographer that won’t give you the rights to your photos to be able to use how you want. ie. not being able to use them to make your own album where ever you want.

Post # 4
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

High Res files are important. We were given both high res, and “web-ready” files. I mistakenly ordered prints from both, and the web-ready ones came out really bad.

Post # 5
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Agreed. When shopping for photographers, one of our requirements was that the photographer would give the rights of the photographs to us to use as we want. Otherwise, you’re at the mercy of your photographer to print any photos.

Post # 6
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Without the high-res files you have to purchase every printed picture, album, etc from your photographer which is really expensive.  Even 10-20 years down the line, you’d have to go back to your original photographer to make any print.  The proofs won’t allow you to do anything but see what pictures you want to order – they are not high enough quality (or have a watermark across them).

Post # 7
433 posts
Helper bee

All we’re getting from our photog are the high res files on disc and the shared rights to do whatever we want with teh pictures. It doesn’t sound very fair that you get neither! I bet they’ll watermark all the proofs too just so you can’t even use them. 

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