Almost every photographer has been asked for RAW files by their customers at one point or another. For some, it can be hard to understand why their photographer has refused to part ways with their RAW files, but know that your photographer is not trying to be difficult. We have several good reasons why we don’t just hand over all the photos that were taken during your shoot! (I promise, we are not just being silly!)
When you’re working with me during a shoot, you’ll notice that I'm constantly snapping away. This is because not all of the images come out perfectly. (I know, can you believe it?! 😂 ) Sometimes a specific pose or scenario needs to be shot multiple times just to get one good shot. I spend a lot of time sorting through all of the images that were taken during your shoot to select the best shots!
Once the best photos have been chosen, they are brought to life through post-process editing with professional editing software. This stage takes a lot of time and results in the beautiful end product that is handed over to you. If I give you the RAW files you wouldn’t be seeing the end result!
You’d also be surprised at how many people want the RAW files in order to alter the photos themselves. If that individual then chose to share those photos after making their own adjustments, the integrity of your photographer’s work is put at risk. Becuase it is so important to me that everything is perfect for you, if something is edited not to my standards or even my style, it can cause a lot of confusion and even loss of clients because they could see an image and not hire me because it does not look good!
Something else to keep in mind is that RAW files are huge and you need a lot of memory to store them. You might also find that you don’t have the proper software available at home to view this type of file, so again you would be sitting with megabytes of files that you can’t do anything with.
When you hire a me, as a professional photographer you’re putting your trust in me abilities. Every photo I hand over to you is a result of hard work, experience, and eye for the perfect shot!