At this point, it's not just about your original question. It's also about the information that's been provided in response to it. Others suggested $200. Some have said $500. Others have said "just have a family member do it." These need to be discussed as well as your original question.Bodhi wrote: ↑Jan 2nd, 2013 3:52 pmYou should read my original post before being quick to judge
I never once said I thought it would be $200 bucks. Nor did I mention asking a family member or close friend. I recognize that they would not be able to enjoy the ceremony if asked to become a photographer.
I only posted to ask 1) whether it would be possible to get a photographer to send me their RAW's and if so what the going rate would be.
Your last sentence is strange - you ask a question about how I would answer, then you supply your own answer for me, and then continue to state why that answer is bad. Why not let me answer your question instead of making one up.
You said it would be like being a second shooter because there would be no editing, just float and shoot. This indicates you don't think the picture-taking is actually that important, that all the work is done in post.
I (and others) are pointing out that's not the case - that it would be nearly as expensive to have a photographer come in and hand you the files (if not more so, since they're also potentially handing over copyright ownership in your scenario of providing the cards) if you want a good photographer.
As for the last line, that's rhetorical. It's what any pro would fear, and it's what you implied your attitude would be, as a photographer who doesn't edit, and doesn't need to set up a group shot is just someone who needs to be able to "focus and use flash". Therefore, not really all that skilled.