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We are planning on taking and using real student photos on our university's web site. These photos will be candid and not staged. I am wondering if any other college web sites do this and if so how they handle releases and permissions from these students, that may not otherwise be aware their photo is being taken and posted on our site..
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We do this quite a bit and have had good luck. We have our photographers carry release forms with them so they can try to get them signed as the shots are taken. If it's a large group in a public setting where getting releases from everyone is all but impossible, we try to walk the fine line between keeping the subjects somewhat "anonymous" by retouching or resizing the photo, or using it in more of a "news" setting, where the the need for releases is not as strict.
If the photo is taken in a public place, or a place where someone would not have a reasonable expectation of privacy, you can usually use it without a model release -- as long as the image isn't used in an ad, or for trade purposes.

Here's some followup -- http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/blog/2007/08/10/when-do-i-ne...
Kerri, thanks for that link.
I'm not really sure I see the difference between "being used in an ad" and "on a university's front facing marketing driven web site". If it's a news story photo, I could see that being an acceptable case where you wouldn't need one (thats more informational.)
I'd suggest doing your best at getting a release signed unless the individuals are hardly recognizable. With today's parents, I wouldn't want to risk the even minor chance of getting into that mess...

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