Why Its Absolutely OK to Give RAW Files Away
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Why Its Absolutely OK to Give RAW Files Away

I started reading about how to become a professional wedding photographer some time in late 2010. Whether it was on DWF, POTN or Whirlpool, the same advice was being recycled. Never give away your RAW files But why? Editor’s Note : The opinions expressed in this editorial are solely those of the guest author, and do not represent the official stance of PetaPixel. The opposing opinion may be found here and here . What does the literature say? Lookabough argues that the editing process is as vital as one’s shooting skill. Motal agrees with this by saying that his RAW files are for his and his eyes only. RAW files are like uncooked ingredients explains Anguelov (oh, they’re also difficult to view and are big in file size). Bowker tries to compare the act of photography with a book analogy. And in a five-and-a-half-minute video, my understand of Kobeissi ’s reasons for not releasing RAW files is that she is afraid of letting paying customers and potential clients see anything prior to post-processing. I even came across this quote from an anonymous DPReview member: No photographer worth their salt would hand over RAW files except for an extreme amount […]

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