well Im not really a photographer, I just play one on message boards, but Im gonna try to clarify this some more....
| Originally Posted by pbnj |
I was wondering why some photographers include high resolution pictures on DVD to brides while others only give the low resolution proofs that is not meant to be printed.
photogs are really strange people, we all have different styles, and we all have different philosophies on how to shoot and earn a living at the same time.
some photogs make there money up front and some make there money on the back end of the deal trying to up sell. If a photog offers high res files that are color corrected and ready for print, chances are he charged you a good sum of money up front and when he delivers the images he's not counting on reprint sales to drive his business.
Other photogs might give you proofs or low res files in hopes of selling you prints or edited files later. It could also be a ROI issue for some photogs. Some photogs may give you the images right out of camera (read - unedited files), but when you order a print, an album, or any product then
that file gets retouched.
My style is completely different now than in the past.... Now I only charge my clients to come and shoot.. (a shooting or creative fee if you will). I will photograph the wedding, take the photos home and edit the photos. Then my clients come to a viewing session where they can decide how best to share their wedding photos. I have a good sized list of items they can purchase including prints, canvas, albums, and all high res photos on DVD to name a few. I can even do this over the internet for my destination wedding clients. This method really helps my clients get more for their money, by keeping the initial costs down.
| If I got the low resolution proofs couldn't I later if I wanted have a photographer retouch them and make it look more professional? |
yes, to some extent but why would you want to spend the money on having a photog edit a file that probably will not look good when printed any bigger than a 5x7. There are sooo many photogs out there, if you just look you will find one that will offer what you are looking for. To add... you will probably have to get the same photographer to edit the files... its a copyright thing. If you brought me a bunch of files and asked me to edit them, I would want a copyright release signed by the original photog otherwise I could be sued for reproducing copyrighted material..a big no no.
| and if a photographer doesn't offer high resolution on DVD or CD- is it because they can't (maybe lack of software/equipment) or because is it the time and process? |
no.. Its because they have their methods to their madness.
| Does it matter if it's on a DVD or CD? |
as long as your pc or mac can read a dvd or play a dvd, it doesn't matter. The life span of a dvd and cd is... well its a long time. I do recommend that once in a while you make a new copy of your wedding photos. its better to be safe than sorry. Most wedding photogs that I know, only keep a back up of the wedding for a couple of years max.