Every professional or semi-professional photographer and videographer should have a customized model release form set featuring the business name. It is best to have a standard model release form and a separate form for minors. Remember to store properly all model releases for easy retrieval. Use the correct procedures to create a customized model release form.
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Locate a model release form template. Many generic model release forms can be found on the Internet, especially through sites promoting photography contests and purchasing stock imagery. Some of these forms will be blank so participants can use them. Templates are also available for Microsoft Office and Apple's iWorks' word processing programs through their user groups. See the Resources section for more details.
Evaluate the templates available for Microsoft Word and Apple's iWorks. These can be a great shortcut to creating a custom release.
Write your own form in a word processor using these examples. Insert your business logo for a professional appearance.
Include space to record film roll and image numbers or tape number and time codes so that model releases can be easily matched to corresponding images.
Attempt to reduce the release so that two can be printed on a single sheet of printer paper. This will reduce printing costs, and it will make it easier to carry a small clipboard for releases.
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