Release form for Property?

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  1. BWGirl

    BWGirl Member

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    Hi All,

    Well, here's the thing... there are a couple of structures I would like to photograph. They are on private property and I have no problem asking the people if it is ok if I shoot some film. The thing I do not know is if I should find some sort of property release form for them to sign.

    If I do need to have them sign a release form, what should it say? I am an amateur and about the most 'published' thing I've ever done is create a calendar every year for my lucky, lucky family!

    I don't mind doing the release thing, but I do not know what it should say or if I need it. If I do need it, should I give them something??? A print if they are sort of ok?
    TIA!!
    Jeanette
     
  2. Flotsam

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    My understanding was that as long as you are on public property when you take the picture, there's no problem. But in today's world of greed, paranoia and litigiousness, you'd better get a couple of more opinions.
     
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    Some buildings,particularly in the U.S. are owned by heritage groups,foundations etc that will let you photograph-but not publish the shot unless you pay them and give them a few copies of what its published in.most will let you know if you ask.As far as private property(avoiding tresspassing issues)I know you need to get an okay from the actual owner if on their property-it never hurts to get things in writing.
     
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    hi jeanette

    there are property release forms that exist ... but you probably don't need
    to have anyone sign them if you don't plan on selling the images and making a commercial effort from the images. if the folks to say it is okay to photograph their structures, maybe bring them a print as a thank you :smile:
    people love that sort of thing -
    whenever i go and take portraits of strangers at work, i don't have them sign anything, i just bring them a print. most people don't really have anything bigger than 5x7 or 8x10, so when they get a nice portrait on 11x14, they are pretty happy ..

    good luck!

    - john
     
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    I think that in some instances, asking people to sign any type of a legal form will get you a big fat No from whoever you ask.

    I usually just tell them that it is my habby and ask if it is ok to take photos. Usually people say sure, sometimes they say no and I move on.
     
  6. BWGirl

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    This was something that had crossed my mind... (about signing a legal form).
    I think my best bet is to just do what you do. I will offer them a print, too. I agree that it is a nice touch.

    Thanks for all the input!
    Jeanette