Model Releases for Photographers By Jack Reznicki

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Photographers need to be in the habit of securing model releases anytime they are on a shoot. In this course, copyright attorney Ed Greenberg and photographer Jack Reznicki discuss how to execute model releases and provide 7 different types of releases for viewers to download and use for themselves

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Jack and Ed discuss the importance of always securing a model release
Protecting yourself with a release doesn't take much effort and you never know when a random photo will become valuable later on
Going through the basic model release for an adult model
A trimmed-down version of the standard model release
Generally used for stock photography
Used for special categories of people like politicians and local celebrities that grants specific rights to the photographer
Just in case you find yourself shooting a celebrity. This release is specific to that situation
For use with photographing minors - children under the age of consent
This release can be used in situations where photographers are shooting real estate, cars, animals, pets, etc.
Add some finishing touches to the releases, just don't change anything in the contract!
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Meet your instructor

Jack Reznicki

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Jack Reznicki is a commercial photographer specializing in people and children based in New York City. His creative problem solving has helped promote products and services for many companies such as Tylenol, The Wall Street Journal, Hyatt, Toys "R" Us, Kodak, Reader's Digest, Crest, AT&T, Playtex, and several Time Magazine covers. ...


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  1. Profile photo of dwgustaf dwgustaf

    I really appreciate that you guys did a class on this. So far I have only taken photos on personal assignments and this class really helped me with understanding the process of registering my photos. Everyone out there who shoots either professionally, as a hobby or even for personal memories should do this, and if they haven’t done this before, I highly recommend that they watch this video and favorite it (like I did) so it is easy to go back and review the class as a reference. Thank you very much! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  2. Profile photo of Catherine Gilleland Catherine Gilleland

    Outstanding course – clear, useful, well-presented. It put to rest a number of persistent myths, which is a great public service! I now feel that I can successfully register my images, something I’ve never done before. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of Tom Fitzgerald Tom Fitzgerald

    Great class!

    Question: Does it matter if the photo you upload to the Copyright office is the as shot image or a final post processed image? With the amount of post processing that can be done with computers, the original shot image and the final post processed can look quite different. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Gavin Hornak Gavin Hornak

    So… An interesting course. I think a lot of the information and examples were dragged out a bit but useful information.

    As a college student doing professional work, the one things that they didn’t touch on enough was the money aspect. So its $35… but I get that back in my taxes? As a refund or a deductible? I have never filed taxes because with a 3-month summer job im not even in a tax bracket where they can take money from me. Technically in the poverty level (a few thousand).

    One other thing that wasnt covered. They said we can do as many images as we want.. but does it all have to be in the same shoot or can it be over a longer period of time? If I wanted to start with registering my work (which I will anyways) do I have to do upload them all individually based on when/where I took them or does that not matter? The lawyer says it makes it easier to prove in court with a descriptive title but… How can I do that for everything?

    I appreciate that there was a photographer and a lawyer in this lesson but I dont think the lawyer provided much information other than his experiences. As for now, I am taking these questions to yahoo answers… Hopefully I will have my copyright up in a week :) Dont get me wrong though, this was a great course :) Just missing those things…