EDIT: *photographers friend of mine developed underwear. did a shoot at a studio with a few models. now, I asked her to tell the photographer to send me the original hi-res before he edits them because i want to make different ads. he is refusing to do that, saying that he has a lot of pride in his work and only wants to send me the shots that he edited. he adds a lot of style to the pictures which make them useless to me. she paid him $500 for the shots, which in her words was a total "hook up". Now, most importantly, he signed a release. All the damn pictures belong to my friend or am I wrong here? I am not a dick and I don't want to burn bridges so I do not want to go down the "it's the contract, hand them over route". My friend says the photographer is a really nice guy. Could this just be a misunderstanding? You guys are photographers, what woud be a nice way of me convincing you to send me pre-edited hi-res pictures?