The battle over RAW photos has been around since the first camera was invented. RAW photos are unedited, high-quality images that are commonly used by professional photographers. They offer more flexibility than JPEGs, which is why many photographers prefer to work with RAW files. RAW photos, on the other hand, are larger and require more storage space. As a result, most business owners prefer to have JPEGs of their final product.
So who actually owns the rights to these RAW photos? Here’s where it gets complicated…
on one hand, the photographer owns the camera and took the photograph, so they should have complete control over it. On the other hand, the client is paying for the photos and may want to use them for their own business. In general, the photographer owns the copyright to all photos they take. This includes both RAW and JPEG files.
When you engage pointdot for photography or videography, you are paying us for the photos and videos that we produce. For example, if you request that we come out and deliver 10 edited photos, we may take 200 photos to get the perfect 10 final images. After we edit the best ten images that correspond to the brief, those final images are yours to use as you see fit. The RAW photos are still considered pointdot property and you will need to request a transfer of ownership if you want to own them. Keep in mind, additional fees may apply due to the transfer of IP and the effort required to deliver.