Today I want to talk about a couple of things and both of them are linked:
- A lesson I learned
- A ‘Must’ for every Photographer
Today we’re talking Model Releases…
Now I’m guessing some folks reading this will be thinking they don’t need to concern themselves about Model Releases, and well, if you keep all your photos to yourself and never show or publish them anywhere then yeah you’d be right. However, if you post pictures online or indeed anywhere that means someone else’s eyes other than your own will see them you might want to think again.
So why is that? Well there’s a whole host of reasons why you should use Model Releases but a wake up call for me was a few years back when I first started getting serious about shooting. You see I took a shot of a colleague, nothing overly special, just a shot of him outside smoking a cigarette, shared it online and thought nothing more of it until just over 1 year later. I had an email from a Health & Fitness company in the US wanting to buy a licence for the image and asking to use it in an Anti Smoking Campaign they were running; all they asked for to proceed was a Model Release signed by the talent/model.
Sounds great right? Well, it would have been had I got a signed model release at the time of the shoot before losing contact with the model; so…no deal 🙁
Top Model Release App
You never know, way down the line, who may see your images. So having established that using model releases is a wise thing to do, the next thing is knowing which to use. Now I’ve tried a number of different model release apps for my iPhone / iPad and there’s some great ones out there but there was always something I wasn’t 100% happy with…until I started using the Top Model Release App.
Now ordinarily I’d write quite a bit for a review of something I was using but I’m kind of stumped for what to say. I mean, what more can I add to…it looks great, it’s easy to use, has everything I want, does everything I want and comes at a great price? I guess I could mention that it’s only for the iPhone at the moment with a native iPad version is due to be released in the near future but to be honest I’m using it on my new iPad by pressing the x2 button so it fills the screen, and it still looks great.
So I’ll keep it brief and say that if you’re using model releases (and I hope you are) and you have an iPhone and/or iPad then definitely check out the Top Model Release App because you never know when you may get that email 🙂
Catch you tomorrow,
•Top Model Release App on iTunes [Link]
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