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November 10, 2009


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Besides getting some good shots of people I came away with some wonderful stories. I asked one marathon runner if I could take his picture. He was delighted. Just before the race he had proposed to his girlfriend (he had carried the engagement ring in his sweaty sock} and proposed to her at The Tavern on the Green. We tried to find her at the finishing line by using my phone but the call was to New Zealand. We couldn't figure out the country code. I heard they found eachother soon after I left.

Kerry Drager

Hi Carla,
Great seeing you at the BetterPhoto Summit ... it was such a special weekend. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story!!

Dale Westford

What about rlease for use of their image. What are the laws regarding this. Should one carry a release form for people to sign.

Kerry Drager

Hi Dale,
Thanks for your comment. In general, a release isn't needed for photographing people in public places - for editorial (non-advertising) use. (Note: Some publishers or stock agencies may still require releases even for editorial purposes.) But we aren't copyright/privacy/intellectual-property lawyers :-) ... the very best resource for photographers is the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). See below.


Model and property releases (tutorials and forms): "Why You Need Releases" by ASMP

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