A photography release form protects the photographer from being sued by a model, states the American Society of Medical Photographers. Photographers who plan to use their photos of people in advertising, sales or contests need a signed release form.
A photography release form, also known as a model release, is a signed document between the photographer and the model stating that the person being photographed gives consent to the photographer to use the images as they wish. If the photographer is only taking pictures and not using them for other reasons, then a release form is not required, according to the American Society of Media Photographers. Photographers often have releases signed in case they choose to use the photos at a later time.