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12/08/2011 12:15:22 PM · #1
I was walking around Central Park the other day, saw a great face and asked if I could take a photograph. Took a few shots and handed the person my business card. Now that I am ready to send the watermarked version of the photo over, should I send over a release as well? Is the release still valid if I email it to him and he sends it back to me?

Thanks.
12/08/2011 02:16:22 PM · #2
If the subject signs the release and sends it back to you it should still be valid. Probably a good idea to be very specific as to dates of the shoot and so forth ...
12/08/2011 03:56:32 PM · #3
Thanks!
12/09/2011 04:15:41 AM · #4
Near the bottom of this link you'll find a basic model release. Once you have a signed copy, you're good to go.

It depends on what you want to do with the images you shoot as to whether you need a model release. Images used for editorial purposes or non-massed produced art do not require model releases. Portfolio pieces that are not broadcast (ie, included in mass emails) typically do not require model releases. However, images used commercially (either on mass-produced products like calendars or coffee mugs, or in advertising campaigns), do require model releases; the only exceptions or when the faces are not readily recognizable or when the image has more than just a few faces (the number of faces that make up a crowd varies from state to state).

So, if you're just out shooting, it doesn't really matter. If you shoot something that you think you could license for commercial usage, you should be ready to whip out the basic model release.

The only other situation you should be aware of is shooting private events, either for hire or as a guest. In addition to any model release requirements, you might also need permission from your host, as well as the property owner, to license the images for any usage (including editorial), as well as to use in your own portfolio.
12/14/2011 10:08:57 AM · #5
Here's a question on the same subject. If I record a video on my D90 of the person agreeing to release the photo under the same terms as a basic release would that fulfill the same purpose?
12/14/2011 11:02:47 AM · #6
Originally posted by david1707:

If I record a video on my D90 of the person agreeing to release the photo under the same terms as a basic release would that fulfill the same purpose?

i'm not sure it would, as i think you need to give the subject a copy of the signed release, as well. i'd consult with an attorney before putting yourself in a situation to find out the hard way...
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