Files vs. printsInnsendt: januar 17, 2012
Most people want prints to hang on their walls when they go to a photographer to take photos of their family etc., and I think most people don’t know the advantages of getting the photo-files instead of a print. Let me break it down for you in pros and cons:
– with files, you can use the photos everywhere. Nowadays, people want the photos on the internet, not on their walls, so by getting the photo-file, you can share the pic with the whole world (with the photographers blessing of course), not just the people you get in to your home.
– with files, you don’t have to choose right away what photo you want, and in what size you want the print.
– with files, you can make just about anything with the photo. Albums, wallpaper, poster, birthdaycards or put it in a frame.
– there is no big expences if you decide to print more of the photos later, because you’re the owner of the file.
– different printers print in differen qualities, you might end ut with bad quality if you choose the wrong type of printer.
– price. Different dealers have different prices, and some take a lot more than others (ask your photographer if he/she can recommend someone).
– you might delete the files, the responsibility is yours (if you don’t get the files on a cd/dvd, always take proper backup).
The main thing you should think of before choosing one or the other, is that if you get the files, the price you pay will be the last you pay to the photographer. They will not require more money, because you have gotten the photos, end of story. A dealer who only sells prints will be able to take twice the price (or more?) if you come back after a month and want another print.
So sure, photographers who only deliver files might seem expensive at first, but in the long run, that is what pays off.
And at last, but not least: photographers who work solo very often have other influences than studio-photographers who work with a dealer. They usually work harder to make something different that what «everybody has» and do the extra effort to deliver something unique.