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7 Best Apps for Model Releases and Property Releases

 

 

7 best Apps for Model Releases and Property Releases

What is a Model Release?

As a photographer, when you shoot photos using models and/or in a private property, and you intend to further sell these photos for profit, you need legal documents where the models and/property owner cede the rights to use their personal and/or their property’s image in your photos.

Model and Property Releases are documents stating the agreement between the person (model) whose image is in your photos and/or the owner whose property is seen in your images, and you, to grant the use of their likeness in your photos.

These documents have to be signed preferably before the photo shoot takes place (to save you the risk of shooting and then not getting the signatures needed), and in presence of a witness. Plus, you must make sure the Releases have the right format and content to be valid at most stock photo agencies.

Releases are key for you to sell your photos safely, providing you and the buyer legal protection against any possible claims from models or property owners regarding the photos they or their property appear in.

Here you will find the best mobile apps to create and sort Model and Property Releases in a simple and convenient way. Check out our comparison and detailed list:

Main Types of Releases:

  1. Model Release supports the permission of the person (model) to be photographed by you and to let you use their image in your photos in a determined way (which includes sale puproses). There are two major subcategories of Model Releases usually used: Adult Release (for adults) and Minor Release (for minors). In case of Minor Release, the minor’s parent or tutor must sign the document on behalf of the minor.
  2. Property Release confirmes that the owner of a private property (buildings, mechanisms, wares, art works, pets, etc.) allows you to take a photo of their property and use the final image in a determined way (which includes sale purposes).

Who Creates and Regulates Releases?

You may design your own Release forms, making sure the format and content is right and legally accepted.

But as a photographer, it doesn’t make much sense to spend time and effort in creating these documents when there are various resources to get standard versions of Releases that you can then customize or simply fill in and use.

Various photography-related companies and organizations have their own custom-made Releases documents available. Most of the top stock and microstock photo agencies, like Getty Images, have their own Standard Releases, and the ASMP also provides Release templates. Many photographers find these documents to be appropriate and sufficient, given they are backed by big photography associations and leader companies, and are use them.

When contributing to stock photo agencies, you must attach the appropriate Releases to your photos (as well as vector illustrations and other media files) if you want them to be sold under a Commercial license. Preparing these documents for submitting to stock agencies is a process that has its own specifics for each company, and we tried to consider this in our review.

Mobile Apps for Release Management

As you can imagine, creating and maintaining a database of Releases is a quite laborious task, especially for photographers who work without assistants. Appropriate tools and efficient procedures solve this problem successfully. Mobile apps which are reviewed below (combined with advanced modern gadgets) replace inconvenient paper Releases with a more productive digital workflow.

Nowadays the procedures of drawing-up, signing and storing of the Releases has become incredibly fast and easy. There is a plethora of applications for mobile devices that can help photographers organize their work with Releases. From this variety of offers we have chosen 7 most frequently mentioned apps for iOS platform (some of them also exist for Android). Our choice was determined by the need to review them in terms of functionality required for efficiently create and work with a simple Model Release and/or Property Release.

Key Features and Functions in Release Apps

In our opinnion, the most relevant and useful capabilities in a Release management application are:

  •  supported types (also subcategories in case of Model Release) of Releases
  •  quantity and quality of built-in Release templates, as well as their suitability for stock agencies (e.g. presence of Getty Images Release templates, which are the “gold standard” model release for stock industry)
  • ability to modify standard text of the Release
  • ability to create model release form templates in different languages
  • ability to sign Release directly on the mobile device (electronically)
  • ability to add model’s photo to Release
  • output file format (PDF, JPEG or both)
  • advanced storage features and Release management
  • extra customization features (e.g. defining your own brand symbols, adding additional fields to Release form etc.)

Comparison List for Model Releases and Property Releases Apps

Featureseasy release app
Easy Release

Image Release
release me
Release Me
release me
PixRelease
release me
Releases by Snapwire
release me
Releases by 500px
release me
Shake App
Mobile platform:
Apple iOS/ Google Android
+/++/–+/–+/–+/–+/–+/+
Supported types of Releases:
Model Release/ Property Release
+/++/++/–+/++/++/++/–
Approved byGetty Images, iStock, Alamy, DreamstimeAlamySnapwire, Getty Images, Shutterstock, ASMP500px
Ability to modify Release text++++--+
Multi-language support for:
Releases text/ User interface
+/++/––/––/––/––/––/–
Digital signature:
Photographer/ Model/ Witness
+/+/++/+/+–/+/–+/+/–+/+/+–/+/–+/+/–
Output file format:
PDF/ JPEG
+/++/–+/–+/–+/–+/–+/–
Integration with Adress Book+
Add model’s photo by means of:
built-in camera/ choosing from gadget’s photo library
+/++/–+/++/+-/--/-+/-
Local Release library/ Cloud sync/ Desktop application sync+/+/–+/–/–+/–/–+/–/–+/+/–-/+/+-/+/+
Price$9.99$6.99$8.99$7.99FreeFreeFree
App Website
Website:
Easy Release
Website:
Image Release
Website:
Release Me
Website:
PixRelease
Website:
Releases by Snapwire
Website:
Releases by 500px
Website:
Shake App

Details and Screenshots of our tested Model Release Apps

Here is a more detailed list of the 7 model release apps reviewed, with screenshots and links.

Easy Release App

Easy Release - Model Release App (AppStore Link) Easy Release - Model Release App
Developer: Robert Giroux
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download

Easy Release Screenshots

 

Image Release App

Image Release (AppStore Link) Image Release
Developer: UBQO Limited
Rated: 4+
Price: $6.99 Download

Image Release Screenshots

 

Release Me App

Release Me (AppStore Link) Release Me
Developer: All-Nighters LLC
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download

Release Me Screenshots

 

PixRelease

PixRelease (AppStore Link) PixRelease
Developer: Richard Abery
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download

PixRelease Screenshots

 

Release App by Snapwire

Releases - Model and Property Release App by Snapwire (AppStore Link) Releases - Model and Property Release App by Snapwire
Developer: Snapwire Media, Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download

Release App by Snapwire Screenshots

 

Releases by 500px

Releases by 500px (AppStore Link) Releases by 500px
Developer: 500px Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download

Releases by 500px Screenshots

 

Shake App

Shake by LegalShield (AppStore Link) Shake by LegalShield
Developer: Shake Inc. USA
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download

Shake App Screenshots

 

Original Article by: Vera Lubimova, Freelance photographer, illustrator and a bit of a copywriter. Microstock contributor since 2009.

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About the author

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus in providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography, like the PixelRockstar WordPress Plugin. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.