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Freelance Rates
Mike Jones, Photographer
Magnolia | AR | USA | Posted: 10:54 AM on 12.06.09
->> I recently shot a festival locally and the promotion committee wants to use my photos for next year's sponsorship packages. I would like for them to use my photos but I would like to be comped for it. How to I figure rates to give them? Do I give them the use of photos this year for a contract for next year? Some one please advise
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 11:33 AM on 12.06.09
->> First standard question to ask - Since the purposed use is commercial, do you have model releases for the images in question? Will you or the committee obtain them for each image they use?
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Rick Rickman, Photographer
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 2:24 PM on 12.06.09
->> Mike:

Here are two things that will help answer most of your business and pricing needs. Get both!!!!

#1. The book;

Best Business Practices by John Harrington

#2. Pricing Software;

FotoQuote

You can get the book on Amazon.com and you can get the software @

www.cradocfotosoftware.com/

Do yourself a favor and read the book and use the software.
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Mike Jones, Photographer
Magnolia | AR | USA | Posted: 2:42 PM on 12.06.09
->> Clark,
I do not have model releases for players but I do have permission from the DII team I was shooting to use the photos. Would I still need individual releases?
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Steven Mullensky, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend | WA. | USA | Posted: 3:14 PM on 12.06.09
->> Mike:

Get it in writing.
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 4:37 PM on 12.06.09
->> "I do not have model releases for players but I do have permission from the DII team I was shooting to use the photos. Would I still need individual releases?"

First, you need to check with the school's compliance officer. To my knowledge using photos of current student athletes for the purpose of advertising and promotion is not allowed by the NCAA or NJCAA. I highly doubt you have permission (and a verbal okay will not CYA in this situation) from the athletic department to use images of their student athletes in a commercial manner. Regardless, you still need permission - in the form of a model release - from each recognizable person in every photo.

If the athlete no longer has eligibility you will need to secure model releases and compensate each of the models to make the release binding (as well as any other recognizable individual).

The compliance officer should also tell you if there are any licensing fees involved if any of their registered marks appear in the photos submitted to client.

To reiterate Mr. Rickman's message above - you need to purchase and read Mr. Harrington's book before going forward. Your best bet, unless you have the bucks to hire an attorney to help you, is pass on this until you have more gain more knowledge about commercial image licensing.
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Mike Jones, Photographer
Magnolia | AR | USA | Posted: 4:41 PM on 12.06.09
->> Thanks Clark

Obviously I am new at this and it looks to be a little more complicated than appears on the cover.

Thanks for your help.
Mike
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