(Closed) Wedding Photographer Offering TIFF Files

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
Member
6932 posts
Busy Beekeeper

View original reply
flower2324:  yes you can convert them to jpeg files very easily, probably with a freebie program on your computer (I use photoshop for that) but I’d insist on getting a decent file to begin with.  Who uses .tiff anymore?  It’d be like hiring a videographer who gave you a .gif in the end.  WTF?  I’d almost be inclined to ask for his .raw files instead, but I bet he doesn’t shoot in RAW, because he’s behind the times.

Post # 3
Member
4810 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

View original reply
flower2324:   You can easily convert tiff files to jpeg, I think there are online converters for free use.

The suggestion that the photographer may not shoot RAW makes little sense – no decent photographer would convert jpeg to tiff – all they have is a much larger file.   There is nothing to be gained in terms of image quality.   

Post # 4
Member
6932 posts
Busy Beekeeper

View original reply
Astra:  I see what you’re saying, but to me, giving someone files no layperson actually uses means they aren’t really up on anything professionally.  But I could definitely be talking out my ass 

Post # 5
Member
4810 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

View original reply
skunktastic:   I agree, the offer does seem an odd one.   It is very easy to convert the files to jpeg or to psd files for easy printing.   Why the photographer wouldn’t do that in the first place is beyond me.   

 

Post # 6
Member
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Another option would be to use an online photo printing site such as mpix.com to print the .tiff files.

By converting from a .tiff to .jpg, the photo will go through jpeg compression which kind of defeats the purpose of having the .tiff file in the first place.

For smaller photos, and honestly most bigger ones too, using a high quality jpeg would be fine.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  webbee.
Post # 8
Member
2505 posts
Sugar bee

View original reply
flower2324:  does he understand how computers work? the very fact that technology is digital means the pictures won’t degrade – it’s not like film, which decomposes with time. a digital file is literally just a sequence of 1s and 0s. there’s nothing to “decrease in quality” with time. that’s utterly bizarre.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  ilovesophia.
Post # 9
Member
254 posts
Helper bee

View original reply
flower2324:  I have no idea what this “decrease in quality” thing is all about and I’m a photographer… TIFFs are likely to fall out of fashion if anything. Ask for RAW files, w/ edited JPEGs on the side. If you’re not a pro, you’ll have no use for TIFFs.

Post # 10
Member
2505 posts
Sugar bee

View original reply
bluebird22:  i mean, if OP is not a pro, she’ll have no use for RAWs either…really, she just wants edited JPEGs, unless she totally doesn’t trust the photographer and is planning on having someone else re-edit them (in which case, why did she even hire him/her)

Post # 11
Member
254 posts
Helper bee

View original reply
ilovesophia:  I agree, but if he wants to provide a large resolution file then it should be a RAW rather than a TIFF. To be fair I wouldn’t trust anyone providing TIFFs for no reason… Does he already expect his work to be re-edited by the client? Sounds fishy to me.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  bluebird22.
Post # 12
Member
2505 posts
Sugar bee

View original reply
bluebird22:  oh totally. it’s really difficult to find photographers willing to provide clients with unedited files – definitely seems like a red flag. i wonder if he’s not planning on editing the pics at all? wouldn’t make sense as an artist who cares about his craft, but could certainly make sense in terms of saving a lot of labor

Post # 13
Member
254 posts
Helper bee

View original reply
ilovesophia:  Well loads of wedding photographers send their RAWs to 3rd parties for editing and their clients never know about it… He could save on labour more intelligently and still have happy clients getting edited photos? Don’t know, depends how he runs his business. But definitely a red flag here.

Post # 14
Member
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

The reason to use a TIFF would be lossless compression. A jpeg could end up with artefacts from compression, depending on the quality settings they use.

honestly, I’d ask whoever you’re printing with which file format they’d recommend for the best results.

generally, tiff files are used more for graphics than they are photography. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  webbee.
Post # 15
Member
9080 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

View original reply
flower2324:  This seems strange, I hope some pro photog bees share their thoughts…

The topic ‘Wedding Photographer Offering TIFF Files’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors