After putting up some full size Jpegs from the 645D on Flickr I’ve received several requests asking if I can send people the full raw DNG files.
The first issue is that the file sizes are very large, too big to send as attachments to an email. The second issue is one of control and copyright. I rarely put images on the net that have a width larger than 470 pixels and these are all watermarked. As you may have noticed I have not attached full sized Jpegs of my latest images to Flickr, but will post crops when I need to show how much detail there is in the image. I feel that sending out the raw DNG files to people over the internet would be asking for trouble.
The decision I have made is that I can burn a selection of raw DNG images to DVD and include copyright information explaining clearly that these files are for personal evaluation purposes only. Having the files will allow photographers to process the raw images and make prints for evaluation, but of course I don’t want to see those same images appearing on the net or even worse on stock agencies.
On request, I would be happy to include a DVD with the raw DNG files free of charge when people purchase one of the prints through my main website. This means I will have your name and address (Yes I will know where you live!), it will ensure I am not getting requests from people with just a passing interest in the camera, and it will reward those who are supporting my own work. (If you recently purchased a print, and want a DVD just let me know and we’ll sort something out, I will still have your details on file.)
I hope this seems fair.