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Understanding Photographer Lingo | Richmond Hill Photographer

If you’ve recently started discussing a session with a photographer or you’re still on the hunt for the perfect one, you’ve more than likely come across several different terms and expressions that you’ve never heard of before.

To make you more comfortable during your conversations with your photographer, here are a few common expressions that you should familiarize yourself with:

  1. Raw Files. Raw files are images that have not yet been processed. Most professional photographers only ever shoot RAW so that they can easily process their pictures later on. Most photographers will also refuse to give raw files to customers since it could result in their images being altered by someone who isn’t familiar with editing processes and techniques.
  2. Reprint Permissions. Sharing a photographer’s work online or in the media will require reprint permission. This ensures that a photographer knows where their images will be showcased. You will also need your photographer’s permission to print images for your personal use.  
  3. Copyright. A copyright means that the images your photographer takes belong to them and that the photographer can use those images as they see fit. For example, photographers are allowed to use your images in their portfolios. It also means that people or organizations are not allowed to use those images in promotional materials without the photographer’s permission.
  4. Golden Hour. The golden hour is a period of time around 15 – 20 minutes before sunrise and sunset when your photographer has access to the best possible natural light. Most photographers will always opt to shoot during this period when possible.
  5. Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC). When pictures are straight out of the camera, it means that they have been through no editing or processing.
  6. Style. Photography style is another term that will usually pop up during your conversation with your photographer. Some common photography styles include classic, lifestyle, documentary, and artistic. It is useful to research a few of these photography styles before you reach out to a potential photographer. Professionals tend to only specialize in one, maybe two styles.

Remember, your photographer is there to make this a fun and pleasant experience, not to throw technical terminology at you. If there are certain terms that you’re unsure about, ask away. Your photographer will be more than happy to explain the entire process to you.

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