What Is a Photography Model Release Form?

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A photography model release form is used so that a model or actor acknowledges that the photos are being released from their rights of ownership to the photographer. Find out why release forms are needed so that photographers can use photos at their discretion with help from a producer in this free video on photography models.

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If you are a photographer or a videographer and you happen to use talent you are going to want to use what is called the Photography Model Release Form. Now this can be used for a number of different purposes and reasons if you have an actor or a model perhaps that you use in let's say a photo shoot then you can take pictures of them. They are compensated. Well your Model Release Form needs to actually have the release within it defining that the photos that you've taken are being released from that model into your possession for exploitation. Exploitation would be for advertising purposes, marketing purposes for anything that you would like to use that actual photo for and that Model Release Form, Photography Model Release Form would actually release the rights of ownership from that model to you. So it's very important to have all release forms when you're in any type of production. You have your Location Release Forms. You have your Liability Release Forms, Actor Release Forms, Minor Release Forms if you are using minors. So the Photography Model Release Form does a couple of things but number one, it releases the model from the rights of the material that the production company or producer or photographer claims on that property. So if you are a photographer and you are taking pictures make sure you have your Photography Model Release Form signed by your actor or model so that you can use the photos that you have at your own discretion.

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