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  • Writer's pictureAtali Samuel Photographer

WHY I DON'T SHARE RAW IMAGES WITH MY CLIENTS

I wanted to take a moment to chat about something that often comes up in the world of professional photography—RAW images. It's not uncommon for clients to express curiosity about getting their hands on these unprocessed digital negatives, but there are some pretty good reasons why photographers, like me, generally don't deliver RAW images. Let's dive into this topic in a friendly, open way.


1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Think of RAW images as the drafts before the final masterpiece. They're like the raw materials waiting for some artistic magic to bring them to life. Editing these files is where I get to add that special touch and make each shot shine. By delivering the final, polished images, I ensure you see my work at its very best.


2. CREATIVE CONTROL:

Every photographer has a unique style, and editing is where I put my personal touch on the images. Sharing RAW images might mean you or someone else takes charge of editing, and that could result in a different look and feel altogether.


3. QUALITY COUNTS:

I've invested in top-notch equipment and put in the hours to capture the best possible shots. RAW files have all the data needed to preserve that quality. When converted to other formats like JPEG, some of that magic can be lost. So, by delivering edited, high-quality images, I make sure you get the best representation of my work.


4. LET'S NOT MISLEAD:

RAW images can look a bit dull compared to the final edited versions. Sharing them without the necessary post-processing could lead to a less-than-ideal first impression, and that's the last thing I want.


5. PROTECTING MY REPUTATION:

I have my unique style, and editing is where I express it fully. If you start editing the RAW images differently, it might not reflect my style or expertise, and that's not what either of us wants.


6. LEGAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS:

RAW files can sometimes contain behind-the-scenes stuff and test shots that aren't meant for everyone to see. Sharing those files could lead to privacy issues or even breach copyright agreements, which isn't something we want to deal with.


7. SIZE MATTERS TOO:

RAW files are massive compared to edited JPEGs. Trust me, dealing with these large files can be a bit of a headache for clients, making it tough to manage, store, or print them effectively.


8. SETTING EXPECTATIONS:

When you hire a professional photographer, you're not just getting someone to snap pictures; you're getting their artistic expertise in both capturing and editing those photos. RAW images might create confusion about my role and what you're getting from our collaboration.


So, while I understand the curiosity about RAW images, I hope this gives you some insight into why photographers, including myself, tend to stick to delivering those final, beautifully edited photos. It's really all about making sure you get the best representation of my work and expertise. Feel free to ask if you have any questions or if there's anything specific you'd like to know more about. I'm here to make sure you're thrilled with the end results!


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