Studios that do not give soft-copy


sgboy83

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I went to Raffles Studio for family portraits shooting. As usual, they do not sell soft-copies of the photos regardless of the price you often. Is it still a common practice for such well-known studio?

Do people still go to such studio where they only specialise in doing canvas printing only?
 

SHoo8

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I went to Raffles Studio for family portraits shooting. As usual, they do not sell soft-copies of the photos regardless of the price you often. Is it still a common practice for such well-known studio?

Do people still go to such studio where they only specialise in doing canvas printing only?
"Regardless of the price you offer", sure or not?
You offer him S$1million to buy the soft copy, you see whether he want to sell you.
If he is a businessman, no reason he won't sell.
 

weegk

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Ask for softcopies before you take up the service . . . i got all my softcopies when taken in studio . . . :)
 

Rashkae

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If you are a studio/professional photographer and you want to be profitable, you will usually NOT give the softcopies. Otherwise, the customer will always only get the cheapest package then print your work 1000x at the Harvey Norman photolabs.

The photograph is the photographer's work, his art and effort.
 

Dream Merchant

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I went to Raffles Studio for family portraits shooting. As usual, they do not sell soft-copies of the photos regardless of the price you often. Is it still a common practice for such well-known studio?

Do people still go to such studio where they only specialise in doing canvas printing only?
Apparently, it's the 'usual' practice among many studios.

Like what member SHoo8 mentioned, if you offered an exorbitant amount of cash for one soft copy, any business man would take up the offer. It just depends on whether the potential profits outweigh releasing the soft copy and vice-versa.

Cheers!
 

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Lestn

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Apparently, it's the 'usual' practice among many studios.

Like what member SHoo8 mentioned, if you offered an exorbitant amount of cash for one soft copy, any business man would take up the offer. It just depends on whether the potential profits outweigh releasing the soft copy and vice-versa.

Cheers!
Well said :thumbsup:, I totally agreed.
 

sgboy83

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I agree with what all of you mentioned. However it just make no sense to offer amount such as one stated - million dollar for a soft copy.

I second this 'The photograph is the photographer's work, his art and effort.'....

I can simply go to a studio with soft copies given but just trying to find out how many studios in Singapore don't sell soft copies..... Raffles Studio is just being one of them..... But I can say the it qualities is good.... Especially with the final product.
 

Lestn

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I agree with what all of you mentioned. However it just make no sense to offer amount such as one stated - million dollar for a soft copy.

I second this 'The photograph is the photographer's work, his art and effort.'....

I can simply go to a studio with soft copies given but just trying to find out how many studios in Singapore don't sell soft copies..... Raffles Studio is just being one of them..... But I can say the it qualities is good.... Especially with the final product.
I bellieve Shoo8 stated million dollar for a soft copy is just an example only, it can be even more because you mentioned "regardless of the price you offer". So what's the highest price you offer?

I agree this 'The photograph is the photographer's work, his art and effort.'.... . However, he will still sell it if the price is right and if he is a business man even though is his work, art & effort. Unless this picture is for his own personal keepsake only. For example, his wife picture in nude, etc... Then maybe it is priceless.
 

sfoto100

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actually giving hi resolution jpg is risky for the pg.. what if the customer go to a printer without color management and print some lousy prints? who will the customer blame? he will say the pg did a bad job.

once a pg gives up softcopy , he lost the control.
 

Anson

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actually giving hi resolution jpg is risky for the pg.. what if the customer go to a printer without color management and print some lousy prints? who will the customer blame? he will say the pg did a bad job.

once a pg gives up softcopy , he lost the control.
You don't give softcopy to your client who engage you for :

  • Bridal (pre wedding)
  • portraits
  • Events

:dunno:
 

catchlights

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actually giving hi resolution jpg is risky for the pg.. what if the customer go to a printer without color management and print some lousy prints? who will the customer blame? he will say the pg did a bad job.

once a pg gives up softcopy , he lost the control.
yes, all along photographers oversee the whole process, from creation to finish product.
to let customers handle the last part and also the most important part, it may compromise the whole creation because of the inferior final products.

You don't give softcopy to your client who engage you for :

  • Bridal (pre wedding)
  • portraits
  • Events

:dunno:
usually only after photographers had delivered the hardcopy, and the packages do inclusive the softcopy, or customers have purchase over certain amount of money above the original package, then photographers will only release the softcopy.

I won't release any (high res) softcopy, unless is included in the package which I offered or customers opt to purchase. and will only release upon closing of the job.
 

catchlights

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from the POV of the customers who want have portraiture done, what they really want is something physical to display their portrait, the only sensible choice is let the portrait studio take care of everything.

if they need some additional prints or any replacement, to ensure the best quality is still just go back to the studio let them take care of it. For such customers, they do appreciate high quality products and services, and willing to pay a premium for it.

On the other hand, I notice for some people who only want the softcopy to print on their own, they may use the cheapest mean to print it so that they can print every single photos from the session, or upload all the photos into their blog, facebook etc.. usually they won't go to portrait studio, they will find any photographers who able to offer them softcopy at the lowest cost.
 

Reportage

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its one thing to oversee the whole process till the end...its another thing if the soft copies get misplaced, corrupted...lost and so on which is why a lot of the more IT saavy couples would request the soft copy "Just in Case". But then if such cases usually do happen, thats why i recommended anyone who asks me to take their wedding photo to go to the larger studios because of liability. Supposing anything happen, they can re-arrange another shoot easily.

Saving money is good but when it comes with added risks, not a good idea especially if its your own wedding.
 

sfoto100

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You don't give softcopy to your client who engage you for :

  • Bridal (pre wedding)
  • portraits
  • Events

:dunno:
sorry for the late reply. i didn't subscribe to threads i post by default. so i won't know who replied.

Of course i give give soft copies, but usually not the hi res.

Like what Ben has said, it is better for the studio to control the print.
 

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