Post # 1
Fiance and I have found a wonderful photographer we’re really excited about. He seems like a very legit man, has been in business for a long time, and we got the sense that he wasn’t trying to screw us around (which is very important to Fiance, and something we’ve been very weary of in photographers).
Tonight I finally sat down to review the contract he had sent us, and I came across this line:
The digital images are supplied (in the smaller dimension) as a standard 750 pixel jpg, which should, but not in all cases – depending on cropping, print up to a decent 5×7 print. Larger sized digital images may be purchased in addition to the existing images, providing that all of the images are at the requested size and as a complete set, noting that individual images can not be purchased in a larger pixel size.
I’ve never heard of a 750 pixel jpg. Fiance and I are very money cautious right now, and we were planning on having nice photo albums printed up in a couple years, when we had more money saved up and could justify splurging on a nice quality one. It’s very important to me that we have rights to all our images – but now I’m spooked that they’ll be really crappy quality. The package also comes with one (small) album, but I don’t want that to be our only good quality photos. Calm me down bees!! Am I reading way too much into this?
Post # 3
Hi! I am a photographer, and just want to let you know, those are not high resolution photos. They are about the size of pictures on Facebook. Please make sure you know that they will NOT look nice printed.
If you want to print your photos, you will need to purchase the larger ones.
Please feel free to message me if you need any other info…happy to help!
Post # 4
Personally, I’d be concerned about this. These images are not high-res and you won’t be able to get a lot of frame quality prints (especially in larger sizes). Also it’s strange that he won’t just sell you certain images in a larger size, you have to pay for all of them. How much more is the charge for high-res photos?
Post # 5
I don’t think it’s strange, it’s his business model. Really depends on how much you are paying for this, and how much extra the higher resolution ones are. I wouldn’t say they are crappy quality, they are just websized, more for social networking, online albums, emailing. Most people use their images in this manner, unless they are DIYing their own album.
As previously stated, these will not print that well, but it sounds like he does give printing rights. See what your options are……
Post # 6
Hmmm okay, that’s good to know. He is quite inexpensive compared to other comparable photographers, so maybe this IS his ‘business model’. The contract didn’t day how much the high res ones were, but I’m definitely going to find out! Thanks for confirming that something was not right.
Post # 7
Definitely sounds like a money grab to me. 750 px is quite small.
Post # 8
Okay, so I contacted him and have more info. After some prodding, it turns out that we can purchase the full resolution images for:
$800 for tiff files
$600 for jpg files
On one hand, I’m a bit miffed because that seems like a lot, considering that his entire package is about $1300. So now, we’d have to pay ~50% more for high resolution pics. On the other hand, I realize that we are getting him at an excellent price, so perhaps we should cut our losses and carry on. It just bugs me that it was in the fine print, you know? (which goes to show you: read the fine print!!)
What is the difference between tiff and jpg in terms of quality? Is it worth the $200 difference?
And for the record, all that we would be getting at the end of the day is the DVDs containing the photos, and a 5×7 album with (I think) 10 printed photos – so these digital photos are very important. Le sigh…
Post # 9
@AlmostMrsDoc: Jpgs are a more lossy file than tiffs, meaning that the quality will be tighter and less grainy than with a tiff.
Post # 10
I am wary of any photographer that doesn’t include the high res pics in every package. Makes me feel like the photog is more interested in money than delivering a high quality product.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
$1300 is pretty cheap, and I like with the jpgs that $1900 is still a good deal for a photographer (if he’s good, which you seem to think he is). In my area, a decent photographer for like 6+ hrs to all day plus all the photos high res and online runs between $2200 and $3500. Albums and prints would be separate or part of a more expensive package.
Post # 12
I don’t think the photographer is trying to make an extra dime, he is offering a base package for those on budgets. Even with the JPGS it’s a pretty good deal if the work is quality and you like him. I see no need for TIF’s
Post # 13
eh i’d say keep looking. i found an AMAZING photog that did engagement, bridal, and the ENTIRE wedding day (like 8 am getting dressed til 11 pm when wedding reception ended) (with two photogs that day) for less than $2000. we got all images on discs and they were hi-res.
Post # 14
If you want good quality prints, you’ll definity want to upgrade to the jpeg files — you’ll make to make sure the files delivered are 300 PPI (pixles per inch) for full high-resolution. Your photographer will put a lot of time & effort into your photos, so spending the extra money on the files isn’t your photographer trying to rip you off, it’s them getting paid for their hard work — when you buy the high-res they know you won’t be using them for any prints/albums through them, so they have to be compensated for that. The extra money you spend for the high-resolution files will be more than worth it!
Post # 15
@vintagemodernbride: she won’t find anything better than this 4 months out of one of the most popular wedding months.