I do not provide RAW files to my clients and here’s why…
Reason 1: Raw files are unfinished.
There. I said it. That is why I don’t give them to my clients.
Raw files are unfinished work.
Think of the digital files you purchase from a photographer like you would think of a meal at a high-end restaurant…
Sure, everyone can take a photo with a camera. But not everyone can create a feeling from that photo that brings back memories and brings tears to your eyes. Just a like everyone can cook steak & potatoes but not everyone can cook them in a way that makes your mouth water.
Reason 2: They do not represent the photos you’ve seen me create.
RAW files look almost nothing like the final product that a client is presented.
Why? My camera doesn’t edit them, I do. And a completed images does not come directly from the camera.
Don’t misunderstand me – I have worked very hard educating myself and practicing my art in order to produce excellent photos in camera. Every photographer edits there work. Editing images took place even when photography was exclusively done using film. Even film shooters today digitally edit their work.
Reason 3: RAW files require special software.
Yep, that’s right. Not every program can open a RAW file. They aren’t like JPEG files which are accessible over a wide variety of programs and software.
Professional photographers like myself have special software to process and edit the RAW files.
Oh, and I almost forgot, most of the time a RAW files is HUGE. Like super big multiple megabytes kinda huge. Not something you want to figure out how to store.