Models and Logos

If you read this blog regularly (and really, does anyone?), you might remember my happy story about working up the nerve to ask a rock climber I encountered if he would sign a model release. We were in Joshua Tree at a beautiful time of day, just about an hour before sunset. He agreed, very willingly, and so I put the images in my submission folder.

Well, I am very happy to say that the files have been accepted. I am as pleased as ever with this guy's willingness to be a model. I think the rocks, the time of day, and his climbing technique all came together.

Here's the cautionary part of this story, though: I was so focused on getting the model release that I forgot about the many logos he was wearing! From his hat, which mentioned a certain baseball team, to his shirt, to his climbing gear, to his shows, logos everywhere! I got dinged, and rightly so, for not noticing these things.

A little (well, a lot) of time with PhotoShop, and he emerged logo-free.

I hope you like the photos.

And thanks again you, Mr. C. You're a trouper!

Photo credits: Charles Sichel-outcalt.

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July 09, 2008


Bugsy, PS can do wonders on those logos. My toughest project to date was removing the name from a fireboat. Cloning to the rescue, followed by lots of brushing to smooth things out. I have to say I love my Wacom tablet :)

July 08, 2008


Very useful post and great comments. I haven't dabbled into this yet with the intentions of stock photos but it's very tricky these days with the number of logos.

I've been going through a lot of my archived cityscape and street scene photographs and a large percentage of them are unusable. Every corner has an advertisement or logo. But really, can I complain when I have a degree in advertising? I guess it's my own kind that's to blame.

Time to open Photoshop!

June 14, 2008


Believe it or not, I knew a guy who had a logo created for just this purpose. It's some generic, but attractive, design. He had it put on hats, and asks subjects to wear the hats to avoid any copyright issues. An extreme approach, but it worked.

June 13, 2008


Even causual wear, especially shoes/sneakers... usually some logo, or stripe or something. I had a series of a golfer rejected... no logos after carefully scanning... well, apparently, the two colors on the SHIRT were some symbolic pattern, trademarked and copyrighted... I couldn't retouch out his whole shirt... naked guy golfing? : )

Even a lot of children and teen clothing has logos and words festooned all over! Ugh, what's a stock shooter to do? I put a logoless baseball hat in my car should I need a hat for a shot... Faster to change the hat than retouch them out.


March 22, 2008


Ken, what's your usual technique for removing logos? I've been cloning, but that's very time-consuming. Any tips?

I really like your Washington, DC collection. I have a few shots that you might find appropriate:









March 21, 2008


I think sporting gear has to be one of the most logo-ridden of all. I didn't realize it until I began to post-process photos I took at a local high school football game. Logos were everywhere and indeed took a long time to spot and eliminate. However, they have become good sellers too so the PS time was well spent... Good luck...!

March 21, 2008


Good shots Charles. Congrats on a good job.

March 21, 2008


I'm a regular!! :)

Glad to see that these got accepted. I've had to spend some logo-removal time too, since my DH seems to be wearing something with a logo every time I get a good photo of him!

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