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Headless model and model release

Robinstockphotos
Well guys I'm in a bit of a trouble. A model is refusing to sign the release because it looks like an arrest warrant with photo and all that. He's the usual "cautious Indian".

So do I need model release for a photo of a person without a head...I mean "beheaded" - head cut off, not with the "head out of frame".
It's a series of weird photos but potentially good.

So do I really need a release?
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 05/06/2013, 17:38:37 PM
Rolmat
Admin
It all depends on the photo itself and the subject/theme/concept. We can't say much without taking a look. However, if you can't get a model release document, I would suggest you work around the composition ensuring it still provides enough sales potential.

ETA: Just make sure there aren't any visual elements remaining after cropping, ie. that may still associate the contents to the model - location, clothing, tattoos, or any other specific elements, which could make mandatory a model release.
Edited: 05/06/2013, 18:57:47 PM by Admin
Parkinsonsniper
As I know your post process capabilities, I'm sure you will make that photo look like a beheaded doll. Also, I don't think anyone will know your friend from his clothes or shoes. You can change their color, too. I think you are safe. Use liquify to make small body adjustments, change some colors, clone out all the scars - moles etc ..... and upload it freely :)
f2.8 - Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Nikkor 50mm f1.8 - Tamron 90mm f2....
Posted: 05/07/2013, 01:48:37 AM
Robinstockphotos
Okay, lets see if they accept it.

My model is very annoying. Wouldn't sign a release even for a beheaded photo. :P
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 05/07/2013, 07:47:10 AM
Therealdarla
And the moral of the story is: Get the release signed before you behead your model.
Nikon D70, standard lens
Posted: 05/07/2013, 08:59:22 AM
Pindiyath100
@Darla... ROFL
Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D7100, Nikon D90 & D70
Posted: 05/07/2013, 09:14:26 AM
Parkinsonsniper
LOL I came here to write "if he doesn't accept, maybe you should really behead him!" But therealdarla was faster then me :))

You can use his fingerprint and put the finger itself to prove that it's true! :)))
f2.8 - Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Nikkor 50mm f1.8 - Tamron 90mm f2....
Posted: 05/07/2013, 09:33:52 AM
Lisafx

Originally posted by Therealdarla:
Quoted Message: And the moral of the story is: Get the release signed before you behead your model.


Yep. Definitely. I think we've all been there. I know I learned the hard way I had to get the releases signed BEFORE spending hours doing a shoot.

Hope your beheaded image gets through :)
etc. Favorite lens - Canon 24-70 F2.8L....
Posted: 05/07/2013, 11:41:47 AM
Suyerry
@Therealdarla - Too Funny

Good luck Pratik, hope it gets accepted! :D
Nikon Equipment, Nikon Lenses, Professional Photo Software
Posted: 05/07/2013, 14:42:55 PM
Robinstockphotos
The image didn't take hours. Only 1 hour including shoot and editing.

Next time he refuses, I'll tell him I'm going to behead him just to save editing time.

-_-
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Edited: 05/07/2013, 18:38:26 PM