If you've worked in photography for a little while, you'll likely have been confronted with the question of whether you should sell your raw files or not. Is there a right answer? Here's one photographer's take on it.
This is a deep question and one that if I were to fully unpack my stance on it, would take an entire article in itself. However, rather than going over what David Bergman says, I'll offer my thoughts in shortened form.
Firstly, whether you should sell your raw files depends largely on what sort of photography you're doing. There have been shoots I have given over my raw files, but they're typically shots that do not involve creativity in any way, like packshots for products. However, for anything that requires creativity, I do not share my raw files.
My post-production is a key part of my workflow. It isn't a crutch to fix the mistakes made in-camera, it is the second leg of the same race. I shoot with editing in mind, and to share the raw files is to share the incomplete product. I've always made this very clear upfront and I haven't had any issues yet. That said, there's a caveat to this doctrine: everything has a price. If I'm offered enough money, I will gladly relinquish my raw files without a second thought.
What is your view on this question? Have you ever had to debate it with a client?