model release question

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  1. rdodson

    rdodson TPF Noob!

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    I have been doing nature photography almost exclusively and am now branching out into other areas.

    I have a question concerning the use of images that contain people. If images contain people that one can identify, does the photographer need a model release? I know one can some times get around the release if the image is at a public event, but what if it's just a random public place?

    Thanks any input will be appreciated!
     
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    If it is a random public place (the key word is 'public') then you do not need their permission UNLESS you single them out (Hey look, I caught this guy picking his nose...). The legal reasoning is that you did not ask them to be in the picture and at public gatherings people always take pictures: if you don't want to be in one don't go to public places.
     
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    Wow, I read the threads. It seems most everybody has a different idea of the legality of the issue.

    No wonder I like nature photography more... I've yet to have a rattlesnake say "hey buddy, if you're gonnna use that you gonna need to cut me a check"

    Thanks for the input!
     
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    It may be best for you to pop into your town hall and ask some questions. They may be able to help you. :)
     

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