Post # 1
I have a quick question. Im about to sign my photographers contract but there is a line item that says “we do not give out original photo files. We will provide high quality jpegs of the final images after post production”. Is this standard or something to be concerned about? I have no clue. Thanks for the help!
Post # 2
I would find out what their definition of high quality jpgs is, but it’s pretty standard. Original files are GIGANTIC and not really suited for viewing.
Post # 3
sierra22: My photographer does that also… And in case you’re wondering, I test-printed one of my engagement photos at Walgreens and it looked fine!
Post # 4
Post production sounds like they do edit the photos…size, quality, etc. Jpg is a file type used for images. It is most common and most compatible with computer systems. It depends on the contract as to how many of these you get.
Original photos, I would think are the ones that come directly off the camera with no sizing or editing.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview
sierra22: I am a photographer and this is 100% normal. Most photogs will charge you $$$$$$ for RAW files because you are basically buying all rights to the photo
Post # 6
Eh? You’re not buying the rights to a photo if you buy the RAWS, that’s copyright and is something different.
OP, the reason that photographers don’t give the original files (RAWS) is that they are an unfinished product. In the same way that your dressmaker wouldn’t sell you a pinned dress and ask you to sew it at home.
The files you receive should be high resolution jpegs suitable for printing up to large format. It’s all you need
Post # 8
sierra22: I wold ask them to clarify the size of the jpeg in pixels, then I would ask them to give me the images converted to .tiff; almost as many programs recognize.tiff as well as .jpg, and unlike .jpeg they aren’t going to deteriorate every time you resave the file. .tiff is a much bigger file size but it is uncompressed and therefore more stable!
Post # 9
mmnnhh: Is RAW an acronym, or does it stand for “raw data”? I realize many photographers say that it’s the best file format to work with, but I’ve never figured out what it stands for.
Post # 10
totally standard. no one gives out raw files – hi-res jpegs are print quality though 🙂
Post # 11
babeba: I don’t know why anyone would be re-saving their images over and over. Opening and viewing and printing them does not require you to save them. OP, this is standard for photographers coming from my experience as a wedding photographer – I never give any RAW files because they are an unfinished product and your computer won’t be able to read or open them anyways. And I don’t know of a single other photographer who offers RAW files. You’ll be fine.
Post # 12
sierra22: while checking the contract, please also check the underlying copyright clause too. If this were me, I would want to own the copyright to the photos taken pursuant to the contract.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
Apibus: Dont expect to ever own the copyright to the photos without paying an extremely hefty fee for it. It is absolutely standard in wedding and portrait photography for the photographer to retain rights to the images. If you are talking about commercial photography, where the client has the copyright it is due to legal concerns with their product and they pay a large fee to obtain this.
OP: Don’t worry, RAW image files aren’t generally given to a client, due to them being too large and not compatible with your computer unless you have the proper software to open them, they would also be unedited and unfinished. High res jpgs are the standard and will be fine for printing and web. You may want to enquire further if you wanted a really large print, but otherwise no worries.
Post # 14
mrskirk: Every time you get a new computer and move your files over, you’re resaving them. Or every time you make a backup copy, you’re resaving them. CDs aren’t going to store things for more than 5-10 years without an unacceptably high failure rate; so you need to remake backups on those. USB drives need to be plugged in occasionally to not degrade, and ideally files should be accessed and rewritten to make sure the data stays uncorrupted long term. I do a bit of work with the archives at my work, and we make sure everything we save digitally is scanned and saved as .tiff.
I mean, .JPEGs are just fine. Nothing wrong with them for 99% of things. But if you have pictures you want your grandkids to see, 50 years from now, JUST as good as when you get them from the photographer – save them in .TIFF and be aware of how/when you back them up!
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview
CloverfieldStomp: it just means raw data 🙂