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Saving RAW Files

I saw a FB post from a wedding photographer who put up a couple of really cool shots of the bride and groom. In the discussion that followed, someone wanted to see the original. The photographer's response was "I delete the RAW files after I deliver the JPEGs". I was really taken by surprise, and asked "are you nuts?". He did seem to think there was any problem with deleting his RAW files. He asked "will you ever need them again?".

I would love to know what the people on this forum do, and how long you keep RAW files from an event/wedding/headshot session/etc.  I have been getting paid to photograph for almost 5 years (I know, small time), and I have every RAW file that was delivered as a JPEG - I delete the rejects and doubles.

So is this really unusual to delete RAW files after final-photo delivery? Am I being really naive about this? I have on occasion been asked for a photo or two from a prior-year event, which the client company would use to advertise the same upcoming event, so I keep stuff.

Would really like to hear some thoughts or opinions on this.



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