I am curious, if I were to run a campaign or something on a site like Kickstarter. If I planned to use a certain models for my project, would I be able to use a professional done photo of her not taken by me in the campaign ad? I feel people might take it a tad more serious if I had photos of the models.
Aug 23 13 11:35 pm Link
Oceanside, California, US
If the photos are not your own, you would need to have a release from the photographer, who in turn would need to have a release from the model that would allow him to pass on the rights to you. If the Kickstarter campaign is in support of your photography, then that is a completely different question, as it would just be a bad idea to do. Why use someone else's photos to represent your own work? Long story short; probably not a good idea.
Aug 23 13 11:55 pm Link
James Croft Photography wrote:
I would just want a picture of the models who will be part of the project. A professional image would draw more attention then a self shot mirror picture. Of course I would put a disclaimer staying they aren't my photos just so there isn't confusion. But I get what you are saying.
Aug 24 13 12:09 am Link
Royal Oak, Michigan, US
A disclaimer is not required, but a license by the copyright owner(usually the photographer) to use the images for commercial use is required by Federal Copyright law. The model may have been granted commercial use of the images, but you need to confirm with the photographer. Copyright owners and subjects need to give permission for use of photos that endorse or advertise a product or service.
Aug 24 13 03:51 am Link
Sisters, Oregon, US
If you are shooting with an experienced model, one that already has a significant, professionally done port, she may have photos that she has permission to publish for her promotion, in which case you can probably use one of those. It is nice, in such instances (and may be required) to credit the photographer as well. The model will be able to tell you which images she has permission from the photographer to use.
To stay on the safe side, I sometimes ask models that I haven't worked with, to send me a photo that they have permission to publish, so that I may show them to prospective clients. That way there is an electronic trail of her giving you permission to use the photo that she has publication rights for. (as opposed to just grabbing any photo from her port for which there may or may not be publication rights given to her).
Aug 24 13 04:11 am Link
Newcastle, Limerick, Ireland
I assume the project is something to do with your photography. If that is the case and you had to use an image by someone else to promote it, I think many people's reaction would be along the lines of 'this guy must not be much good, couldn't even produce a usable image for self promotion.'
Perhaps it would be better to use one of your own images, even if it's of a different model. It will show case your ability and avoid any risk of litigation. You can always include a statement that the model in the image is not the one in the project.
Aug 24 13 04:44 am Link
San Francisco, California, US
I am confused by what you are calling a "campaign ad." What kind of campaign? What is it that you are advertising?
Getting a license from the photographer and a release from the model are the easy parts. Whether or not it is appropriate or will be well accepted would have a lot to do with what it is you are advertising.
Are you advertising your photography services? Are you advertising a client's products? Are you advertising for a project you plan to do and are thus trying to attract models to shoot? Are you advertising for a product you want to do and are trying to attract investors?
I am really confused by the "campaign" you are advertising. The entire answer to that question hinges on what the campaign is all about.
Aug 24 13 06:52 am Link
Seattle, Washington, US
would another photographer be able to use a photo taken by you for their campaign ad?
Aug 24 13 07:08 am Link
Washington, District of Columbia, US
Loki Studio wrote:
Aug 24 13 07:22 am Link
L A U B E N H E I M E R wrote:
I honestly wouldn't care. If they didn't claim it was their photo, and it was used to help them fund something they were passionate about.
Aug 24 13 09:21 am Link
Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
I had a model ask me a similar thing a couple of years ago - another photographer she had worked with wanted to use one of my images of her to advertise his lighting workshop!
He'd seen the image in her port and thought it looked just the ticket...
I told her it'd cost him 2.500,- € for a one-off license.
Needless to say, he didn't take me up on my generous offer - cheeky arse!
OP - I get what you're saying, but no - it's better to include a link to her web-page if the ad is online.
Aug 24 13 10:33 am Link
London, England, United Kingdom
Light and Lens Studio wrote:
I'd say this incorrect. The op is not promoting the model par se , but promoting his project that the model is part off.
Aug 24 13 04:01 pm Link
Seattle, Washington, US
that tears it.
Aug 25 13 07:52 am Link
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
My thoughts exactly. Why would anyone put money on a kickstarter while not seeing what YOU can do with your photography? Better plan a shoot with a model and use your own pictures.
Aug 25 13 10:11 am Link