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An App for Photo Releases

For years I avoided the subject like the plaugue, and just figured I’d “shoot” first and ask forgiveness later, but getting permission to use someone’s photo on your site or social media presence is the right thing to do. Churches, I’m talking to you.

With this handy little app I just discovered, obtaining a photo release can be done with ease with the use of your Droid or iPhone.

Both parties win.


Why does this matter?

According to the Publishing Law Center,

There are no guarantees that an identifiable person or owner of property in a photograph would threaten to or bring a legal action for publishing a particular photograph. Therefore, the only way a publisher can be almost risk free from such lawsuit is by obtaining a written release from any person(s) or owner(s) of property that appear in a photograph.

Read more about photo release requirements

Features of Release Me

  • Developed by photographer
  • Sort releases into project folders
  • Sign the screen with finger. Also add a photo reference directly on the form, so you can remember who’s who.
  • You can use the default forms or paste in your own
  • After a release is complete, you can automatically generate a PDF and e-mail it to any email address

How do you feel about this subject? What’s your stance? Have any advice or other recommended tools for this release novice?

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  1. Brad Huss (Reply) on November 5th, 2012

    $8.99 for Apple and $9.99 for Android? But, still under $10 and probably in the end worth it!

  2. Matt (Reply) on November 5th, 2012

    I can see photo releases for advertising or cases where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy and the environment provides for some level of control (classrooms, small groups, photoshoots) but in cases where it’s a public event and there are dozens, even hundreds of people who could potentially end up in the shot it more or less discourages posting any photos at all.

    In these cases releases may give those who “opt out” a false sense of security because while an organization may have a policy and provide releases, it cannot guarantee that the individual or their child will not have photos posted online by those not taking photographs in an official capacity.

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