There is generally no problem to shoot images of people in public places, without a signed model release, if you are using the footage for personal or editorial projects.

However if you are shooting for commercial uses, with recognizable faces, on a private location and especially if you are shooting a sensitive scene, it is highly recommended that you ask for permission and get a signed model waiver.
Otherwise many potential buyers won’t be interested in your material and you may face legal consequences if it is broadcasted in the wrong context.

September 7, 2015

Model Release Waivers

There is generally no problem to shoot images of people in public places, without a signed model release, if you are using the footage for personal […]
September 7, 2015

Avoiding the Moiré

Moiré is a visual artifact that can appear on your footage when you shoot a pattern with very tight parallel lines. These artifacts are a result […]
September 7, 2015

Hiding Imperfections

Cleverly placed highlights and shadows can be very effective at hiding objects partially of entirely on a shot. The audience will dislike seeing clipped highlights and […]
September 7, 2015

Showing the Texture

Texture is a crucial part of our three dimension reality and as such it is essential to give credibility to a scene. Light can be skillfully […]
September 7, 2015

Color temperature

We usually describe what “white light” means by its “temperature”. This measures the temperature that a black body must reach to emit the light with that […]
September 7, 2015

White Balance

Each genre, mood and theme is associated with a given color. Documentaries are usually shot with very vivid colors, while film works with softer colors. The […]
September 7, 2015

Choosing the Frame Rate

You should choose the frame rate accordingly to the function of the scene and light conditions you are shooting in. Higher frame rates (like 60 or […]
September 7, 2015

Zooming

With zoom you can manipulate the distance between the optics in your lenses to bring distant objects closer. It is not recommended to zoom while shooting […]
September 7, 2015

Setting the Mood with Light

The way in which light creates highlights and shadows is perhaps the most important aspect of setting the mood and atmosphere in a scene. Likeable characters […]
September 7, 2015

Deep Focus

Deep Focus is a technique where the depth of field is extended so that both close and distant objects are kept in focus. This effect is […]
September 7, 2015

Focusing

The optics in the lenses allows you to control the depth of field, which is the distance between the closest and farthest planes where everything appears […]
September 7, 2015

Shooting with Artificial Lights

When shooting under artificial lights, flickering can occur because electric lights operate under AC currents that alternate at a given frequency. In order to stop this […]
September 7, 2015

Motion Blur

Motion Blur happens naturally with images taken while moving at high speeds. But this effect can be created by recording at lower shutter speeds.
September 7, 2015

Shooting while Moving

There is a problem that arises with the limited processing speed of digital cameras when the camera is moving at high speeds while shooting. If the […]
September 7, 2015

Dolly Shot

A Dolly shot involves placing the camera on tracks or moving it carefully in a straight line, so it can approach or follow along the action […]
September 7, 2015

Tilting

Tilting involves shooting while rotating the camera up or down. It is used to show the height of a character, tree or building. It can be […]
September 7, 2015

Panning

Panning involves shooting while rotating the camera left or right. It is often used to follow and emphasize the movement of the action.