KJEphoto wrote in post #6891222
Here's one i am confused about. I am going to be going to a summer camp to take pictures and document the experience for the campers, i will then be posting the pictures online. There will be roughly 800 kids at this camp, does that mean i need a release from every single one of them if i want to sell the images??
Correct me anyone if I'm wrong, but who would you selling the images to? If it's the parents, I don't think there's much of a problem there. You might get the occassional parent that goes against it, but if you get in with the camp, you get in all the way. Now if you are selling the pictures to other people, I'm not sure why you would besides the parents or the camp director, that sounds strange.........but, you wouldn't need a release if it's for editorial purposes. It's a touchy subject because there are kids involved. I feel that no release is required if no explicite action is being shown, no bare skin or offensive gestures, and is purely showing the life of the camp. I'm not full of knowledge on releases, but I'm thinking unless you are selling them to anyone other than the parents or the camp council, you don't need a release.
Now for the website bit. I've been told that in a situation like this, pictures can be posted on your own site and used in your portfolio without a release. Double check me on this, but if you are able to take pictures through the camp council, you can always get a release after you decide what pictures you are keeping. That would narrow down the pool of 800 kids. In this situation, you'd only need a release to cover your butt. I think the picture has to show a clean and closeup shot of a person. If it's a large group of people, I think you're fine. Another way to approach it would be to have the council tell the parents there will be a documentation photographer on the grounds to capture the kids having fun for their website. Just ideas. I'm no pro, but I though i'd share how I feel.