QUOTE(Christian @ Oct 9 2006, 06:39 PM)
You may have trouble with this Jet.
Cassarilda is in the industry and I believe she engaged the services of her employer (correct me if I'm wrong here Cassar) for her wedding.
For Joe Public, providing the RAW files is extremely uncommon. Kinda like buying beautiful satin material from your dress supplier - it has the potential to look fantastic but needs an equally great seamstress to complete the puzzle.
Won't a high res open-standard file be enough (eg; JPEG or TIFF)?
"I know she has insisted that professionals dont provide this service..."
Well there are two ways about this.. the first is that the photographer may feel as though theyre giving up ALL their rights to their worl, which in fact they already have as the image content is YOURS while the image "RAWS" and composition (albeit questionable) are theres... to offer an "inferior" format is usually standard for digital.
One should expect the extra charge if the files require converting and correction. It takes time takes away production resources while these images convert.
Video moreso, however were talking about stills here..
One thing to note however, is that not many people have the means to view RAW formatted images. So if you do request them, be sure that you know why you want them and that you have the tools required to be able to not only work with the format, but to also deliver the final images in a format which is viewable for all.
At the end of the day, many photographers have different attitudes about their profession, however the statement above re- "professionals dont provide this service" is a blanket statement which doesnt represent the Industry as a whole.