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Why Photographers Do Not Share Raw Images


Photography is an art form that enables us to capture and preserve moments in time, showcasing unique perspectives and emotions. Behind every breathtaking photograph lies the skilled eye and creative vision of a photographer. However, there is a common practice among photographers not to share the raw, unprocessed images with clients or the public.


1. Raw Images - Unprocessed and Unrefined:

Raw images are unprocessed and unrefined captures straight from the camera sensor. They lack the final adjustments, colour corrections, and enhancements that give photographs their polished appearance. Photographers consider raw images as an unfinished product that does not reflect their creative vision fully. Sometimes I underexpose areas purposefully to help create a balanced image after editing.


Here is an example of an unedited raw image and the same image after editing.



2. Artistry and Vision:

Photographers invest time and expertise in editing their work to bring their creative vision to life. Raw images can be compared to an artist's sketch or draft, which is not meant to be exhibited as the final masterpiece. By editing their photographs, photographers add their personal touch, enhancing colours, contrast, and clarity, ultimately presenting their work in the best possible form. I do not share unedited photos because they do not represent my artistic style.


3. Quality Control and Professionalism:

Sharing raw images with clients can risk presenting unfinished or inconsistent work. Providing edited images ensures a cohesive and professional representation of the photographer's portfolio. It also allows photographers to maintain control over the quality of their art and guarantees that clients receive the best version of their photos.


4. Client Privacy and Expectations:

Photographers respect their clients' privacy by not sharing raw images, which may include unflattering or candid moments. Clients generally expect to receive edited images that showcase them in the best light. Offering raw images could lead to misunderstandings or disappointment when clients see unpolished photos that don't align with their expectations.


5. Protecting Copyright and Intellectual Property:

Raw images are the proprietary work of photographers, and sharing them could lead to unauthorised use or manipulation by others. By providing edited images, photographers retain control over their intellectual property, safeguarding their artistic rights.


As a photographer, I want my clients to have the very best images that they can love and appreciate for years to come. The unedited version of these images would be unrefined and not meet expectations. If you have any further questions regarding sharing unedited images, please do get in touch!


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