Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:59AM
Hi everybody, I have a dilemma about self-portrait and duly completed form for model release. Namely, I often try to make a self-portrait, but I don’t carry a tripod all the time or I find oneself in a special situation I can’t use self-timer. So I asked my girlfriend or someone else to pull the trigger and take a picture of me. I set all the camera settings (shutter, ISO, focal length ...) I just use a little help from my friend to pull the shutter trigger instead of me. And now my question, can I sign a model release as a self-portrait? Therefore, can I use my name as an author and as a model? And for a witness I should write down my friends name? Is this practice acceptable for inspectors at iStock?
(Edited on 2014-01-29 07:00:20 by inkret)
(Edited on 2014-01-29 09:29:18 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:32AM
Personally, I think it's ok to say it's a self portrait and have a release corresponding to that.
I've seen previous threads about copyright and seen it said that if you basically set the shot up and all the other person does is click the shutter, then it's you and not the random person who clicks the shutter who owns the copyright. Anyway - let's see what our tamed inspector has to say, he has the official answers
(Edited on 2014-01-29 09:33:36 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:22AM
For what I know, it is a self protrait if person in the photo is the one who owns the copyright to the image, reglardles of who pressed the button, who's camera it is, or whatever else you may think of to confuse you further.
Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:24AM
Yes, that's perfectly fine. In this sort of case, it's your creative work, and you have a person standing in for you as camera operator. You would list yourself as photographer and as model on the release. Be sure to fill both sections out completely even if the information is repeated. The friend can sign as witness though technically we don't require a witness for self releases. Also, on self releases ONLY, we permit catch-all releases that apply to all shoots, all dates. So you don't need to make a new release each time you do a new self portrait session. You can just prep a single release which says "all dates" in the shoot date field and "self-portrait" in the description field. It doesn't hurt to add "self portrait" in large prominent writing across the top and/or bottom of the release, as a visual clue to the Inspectors that they don't need to scrutinize the shoot date.
Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:25AM
Posted By kelvinjay:
Anyway - let's see what our tamed inspector has to say, he has the official answers :)
I get a treat now, right?
Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:03PM
Thanks, great news.