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I have heard that it is necessary for one to have a model release form signed by people even when using pictures for editorial use. How true is this? Manoj Krishnan, Chennai

The laws for permissions required when using photographs vary from country to country. The rules in India are much relaxed compared to those of European coutnries and other parts of the world. In India, if you wish to use images for non-commercial editorial purposes, then there is no requirement of a model release form. However, if you wish to use them for commercial purposes in digital or print, it is important that you have written permission from the people in the picture as well as the location where you are photographing. Irrespective of the purpose for which you are photographing people, it is always nice to verbally ask for permission before or after you have taken the picture.

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If you are not comfortable speaking two the subjects, you can always shoot discreetly with a telephoto lens. Photograph/Abhijit Dey

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