Why don’t I get the RAW Files

Some of you might ask, why don’t photographers give their clients all of the RAW files.  First, let’s define what RAW is.  RAW is a type of image file format that contains minimally processed data.  It is called “raw” because it is the pure, unaltered data that has not been processed.
Unlike other image file formats, such as JPEG or PNG, which are already processed and compressed, RAW files allow for more flexibility and control in post-processing. With a RAW file, photographers can adjust the white balance, exposure, and other settings to achieve the desired look for their images without losing detail or introducing artifacts.
However, because RAW files contain uncompressed data, they tend to be much larger in size than other image file formats, which can lead to larger storage requirements. Additionally, RAW files require specialized software to process and convert them into a more accessible image format, such as JPEG or PNG.

So, here are a few reasons that photographers might not give their clients all of the RAW files.

1. Copyright - Having the RAW files might help prove ownership. By not delivering the RAW files, photographers can protect their intellectual property and ensure that their work is not used without permission or compensation.

2. Creative Control - RAW files give photographers greater control over the final image, allowing them to make adjustments to color balance, exposure, and other variables. By delivering only the edited JPEG files, photographers can maintain control over the final look of their work.

3. Quality Control - RAW files are unprocessed and may contain some errors or unflattering shots that the photographer may not want to be associated with their work. By only delivering edited JPEG files, photographers can ensure that they are delivering only their best work.

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