You always need to get a model release don't you ?
I wish when I started here as a newbie that I understood the answer to this question. I didn't know for a long time about Editorial pictures. It certainly slowed me down trying to avoid getting people in my images.
Clearly you cannot run after the Queen or Prime Minister and ask , ' please sign here ' on a contract form !
At events like agricultural shows, highland games, lectures by VIPs you can take pictures which need no model release. You aren't allowed to manipulate the images obtained at these events.
Here are examples which are allowed; Martin Stepek giving a lecture to creative writers
Woman at the Highland Games in Inverness throwing the hammer [ dont get in the way ! ]
Competitor throwing the weight
Spectator at the games lighting a pipe, now a very rare sight
My favourite fiddler who played at the games
Man throwing the hammer
Piper at the Highland Games in Inverness
Scottish Highlander in highland dress at Forres Games and with his wife.
Potter at Portsoy Boat Festival giving demonstration
High Steward ( deputy to the Scottish King ) in re-enactment at Portsoy
What a difference to my uploading figures it would have made four years ago if I had understood from the start about model release and places where it is unnecessary. I hope this post helps newbies to microstock photography.