Post # 1
One photog I’ve checked out charges $500 for the high-res DVD; another, $1K!! How important are the high res files? Are the proofs sufficient? Also, what would you make of a photog whose contract prohibited you from using snapfish/blurb/whatever for albums the client makes herself?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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.