Contractual Model Release
Well, I have a small form which prevents the model from laying claim to any rights to the images, as they surrender them to me. Oh, they have the right to use what I provide them, also, for non-commercial (paid) ventures, such as portfolio promotion, but that is it. If they want to sell the images, I have to be consulted.
Originally Posted by Peekayoh
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Obviously, you will have to type up your own ... but I figure this is a reasonable template for us non-pro camera jockeys. You should also remember that these forms are DATE SPECIFIC and have to be completed and witnessed BEFORE every shoot. DO NOT make them out after the shoot has taken place, or they may be contested and deemed null & void. What good is that?
Moving on ... the Business Plan
The Business of Photography course has been getting more and more focused on the 99% aspect of professional photography ... which is just about anything but a shutter pull. Once you commit to trying to make money from your hobby, a couple of strange things begin to happen: as I mentioned before, you are literally forced to concentrate on one genre of the art. Why? Because in today's world, there are so many photographers vying for business, that the customers literally have their pick and choose of anyone of them. Logically, they are going to concentrate on the one that concentrates on what they want from him. Hence, if you have a portfolio of really nice, but various works in fashion, nature, architecture, family portraits, and, let's throw in some dandy aviation snaps, you will be cast aside for a lens-man that has the specific one choice they want. Why? Because your experience may be vast, but it is too diluted in the specific to be significantly important.
Let's face it ... if you take ONLY one thing ... chances are, you are really good at ... that ONE THING. At least, that's the way the customer sees it. So, in the end you MUST choose. A "generalist" may be of some value to a small town, in the middle of nowhere, where the competition is few and far between, but get to a small city ... and that changes. Get to Chicago ... uh, no work for the generalist. You will starve to death.
Hence, with this choice, they tell me comes the eight elements of "Business Plan."
- The Name of Your Business
- Your Mission Statement
- Your Target Market
- Your Products & Services
- Your Fee Structure and Price List
- Your Business Entity
- Your Marketing Strategy
- Your Financial Projections
This is getting complicated ... and the fun part of doing this, seems to be over.
Registering for the 2011 Summer Quarter
Getting down to the wire, they tell me. Three quarters left. This upcoming one is as I suspected, Photographic Studio, Internship, and Seminar in Humanities.
Photographic Studio - In this course students develop the ability to solve problems of visual communication through assignments designed to challenge their skills in lighting, camera operation, and commercial interpretation. All aspects of studio photography are discussed from lenses to lighting and people to products.
Internship - Through a field Internship experience, students apply acquired subject matter and career/professional skills in a real and practical situation. The main objectives of the internship are to allow students the opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of a successful business related to their fields of study. Students will gain the experience they need to enter the field when they graduate.
The sad part of the Internship is that I have to pay the school to take this course. Honest to Jake! If it was not expensive enough, paying to go to work? Huh? Better be one hell of a job, at these rates.
Then .... five more classes left. Time waits for no man.