RAW Example. Dark, soft focus, distortion at edges. Worked on Example. Bright, sharp, colorised, dreamy.

Here is an embedded page on the difference between RAW and JPEG images, in case you are interested.

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What are RAW images?

When you take a photograph with a point-and-shoot style camera the image is recorded in the format known as JPEG. Your camera will make all sorts of decisions with regard to how the image should look. It will decide how bright it should be, how the colors should look and so on. When you take photograph with a more high-end camera, particularly digital SLRs, you have the option to record the image in a different format called RAW. This format does not make any of those decisions and throw away all the rest of the information that came in through the lens. Instead it retains all of that information and, using advanced image software, one can make those decisions later on. This also allows me  to bring back lots of information that otherwise would have been lost so that highlights and shadows can once again have information (tonality) in them.

These two images should show you just how different a finished image can look from the way it was when it was snatched at the wedding. This is the beauty of shooting RAW! It means that photographs taken this way may look dull and uninspired until it has been put through Lightroom and Photoshop. Each shot can take up to ten minutes or even more to perfect and this is also the reason that there will be a set number of finished pieces available to clients (that number will be agreed beforehand and will appear on the contract) and any raw unfinished images that you are shown will be for comparison purposes only and will not be available to share.

So What Will I get?

So, how do these facts affect you? After the shoot I will generally create an online gallery containing all the images from the shoot in their raw state. These will be for comparison purposes only, to allow you to decide which of the images you would like me to work up. I will also create a second folder called ‘Worked On Images’ in which I will put a few sample images which I have worked up in Lightroom and Photoshop to be as good as they can be just so you can see the difference. These images do not count towards your final number of available pieces as set out in the contract and will be free extras for you to keep.

The thumbnails in the Raw Images folder will have filenames overlaid on them and it is these filenames you need to use to refer to the images you would like me to work up. Once they are worked up the images will be added to the Worked On Images folder where they will stay indefinitely (until I die or stop paying the bills! I have galleries there from eight years ago). You will be able to order prints, canvas etc directly from the site or you willl be able to download the images in a range of sizes from thumbnail to the full 25 megapixels. This means you can share them on social media or take them to print yourself. You can also pass the link on to friends and family so they can order prints too.  

Wedding shoots are generally rather different in terms of number of images you receive and so on. Please click here for more information on this.

Still have questions on this? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch?

Phil Rose also likes to cook! Mail: philrose@philrosephoto.com
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