Friends in photography,
Go ahead. Hate me. I got enough scars on my body from all the arrows
flung at me over the years.
I can take it.
Thing is, I don’t care.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, my clients don’t care, nor give a rats’ pittout
what file format I shoot their work in.
And I’m talking real clients. Not some portfolio of hot girls photographed in
a ‘portfolio’ building workshop either.
Or a bunch of images shot during travels.
I’m talking real sessions, where real people called me,
eager to pay me, and in the end, leave my studio with my creations, smiling.
Their money in my pockets. Everyone happy.
And at the end of the week, when I total up my bank deposits,
the bank teller doesn’t ask me: “did you make this money shooting RAW? Or JPEG?…”
NO one cares….no one.
Well, sorry, some people do.
It seems many photographers care whether other photographers shoot RAW.
It’s like a religion. And you better get on board.
Or, sweeennngggg, off with your head.
Weird, I know. I don’t get it. But it’s there.
My main droog and jpeg shooter James Hodgins and I used to wear T-Shirts at conventions.
Big ones too, like WPPI…. and such.
On the back it said: “Real men shoot JPEG”
We liked having a few laughs.
We also had some that said: “MAC…whatever.”
Shooting RAW, using a MAC, creating images on your Canon DSLR
and 1.8 prime lens makes not a photography business.
Ask my accountant. And get over it. I am. And was, a long, long time ago.
Come hate me some more over here.
I’ll show you what really matters when building a successful, long term, and profitable
And it’s got nothing to do with file types, computers and cameras.
Yours in photography and success,
Tom Geisler says
Right on man
Ett Venter says
I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone miss the point as hard as you have.
Out of all the photographers who shoot RAW, I’d guess that 1% of them shoot RAW “because it’s cool”, or “because my clients will be impressed”. 1% at most. And 99% of that 1% are new photographers who just learned about RAW 2 weeks ago.
The other 99% are just people who understand that a RAW file allows you more headroom and control in the editing process. It’s a tool.
We all know that shooting RAW doesn’t pay the bills. Nobody ever said that shooting RAW will get a bigger paycheck from the same client.
It’s like my shift from Full Frame DSLR to crop sensor mirrorless. I personally know that my client doesn’t care whether I’m on Fx or Dx, as long as I can produce the work. So who cares? But you’re taking the non-existent argument about whether or not RAW is “cool” to a new level.
Seriously – point missed. If anyone should know that hardly anyone cares about this, it should be someone with a “successful, long term, and profitable photography business”. You, of all people, should know that nobody cares. Why are you making such a big deal out of this?
Robert Provencher says
I like to stir the pot once in a while. It’s my nature. Ask my four younger sisters…:):)…I mostly over the last 2 decades kept my opinion to myself about this. Mostly. Except at first, but eventually zipping it. BUT, I still get the same seemingly ideological beliefs thrown at my that it’s the one and only way to go. That’s all. So, when I get bored, I write sh*t posts like this one.
Thanks for your comments…. all sides and opinions are valued.
Not a religion. Its a cult! 😄