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« on: December 30, 2011, 17:22 »
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Hey all :)

I'm adding Model Release management to picWorkflow very soon, but since I've never shot with models so never had need for releases, I was hoping you guys would be kind enough to run me through your model release workflows, concerns and considerations?

I'm already approaching some agencies about how to streamline the release-management process between picWorkflow and them, and making it easier for photographers to organise. I'm also looking at some technical resolutions to 'lock-in' releases with images to make it an even better long-term solution, though there are some legal concerns there atm.

I really need to know everything you have to think about releases, but specifically, would be great to also hear your thougts on these questions:

  • What format(s) do you prefer to keep releases in, and what format do you upload them as?
  • Do all agencies accept all generic releases, or do some agencies have specific requirements? Which ones? and how do you manage those differences?
  • What data/fields do agencies need to know about each models/property?
  • Do you produce seperate releases for each shoot? (I vaguely remember iStock introduced a requirement for something to do with this in '09)
  • Do you track image-volume/acceptance-rates/rpi/other on shoots/models/locations? If not, would that be helpful to you?
  • Do you find much results from 'More Images from this Model' in some agencies?
  • A couple of agencies have added MR-via-FTP... anyone using this yet? (If so, do you prefer a 1MR-Entire batch import, or would some kind of filenaming (like with .eps) be more suitable?)
  • Anything else? :)

Thanks!! :)
Bob


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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011, 18:56 »
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H Bob,

I have worked with about 200 models now, so maybe I can help a bit:

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  • What format(s) do you prefer to keep releases in, and what format do you upload them as?

I use JPG, though some others use PDF as well. That's usually it.

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  • Do all agencies accept all generic releases, or do some agencies have specific requirements? Which ones? and how do you manage those differences?

I only use one generic release form for ALL agencies and most pros do the same.

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  • What data/fields do agencies need to know about each models/property?

Some want to know: Age (or age range), sex (male/female), ethnicity, Location

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  • Do you produce seperate releases for each shoot? (I vaguely remember iStock introduced a requirement for something to do with this in '09)

Yes, though I try to only upload one release for ALL shots, because it gives better results for the "more of the same model" searches.

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  • Do you track image-volume/acceptance-rates/rpi/other on shoots/models/locations? If not, would that be helpful to you?

On a basic level, I do and it has been proven very helpful for casting new models.

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  • Do you find much results from 'More Images from this Model' in some agencies?

Yes.

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  • A couple of agencies have added MR-via-FTP... anyone using this yet? (If so, do you prefer a 1MR-Entire batch import, or would some kind of filenaming (like with .eps) be more suitable?)

Only sometimes.

Anything else:
A batch support to add several releases to a group of images at once would be really time-saving, especially for group shots.

If you need anything more, let me know, you know how to reach me...

Best regards,
Robert

« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2012, 12:27 »
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Thanks Rob!! :D I'll see how I can work all that in :)

Bob


 

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