I don't know if this is the right forum to post this, but here goes. I am webmaster for a church. I'd like to be able to use pictures of people (adults, youth, and children) both in the website header graphic(s) and on the individual pages of the website. I'd like some of the pictures to be crowd shots, some group pictures and some to be closeups of individual people or children. What can I legally use without permissions, and what do I need to get permissions?
Both I and several other people have already taken lots of pictures of church activities, such as "work days", potlucks, VBS (Vacation Bible School), etc. I'd like to be able to legally use some of these pictures.
What do I have to do to be able to legally use any of these pictures? Also, if I (or one of the other amateur photographers) want to take specific pictures for some parts of the website, how do I legally do that?
What type of pictures of people (close ups, groups shots, crowd pictures) can I legally use without permission, and what types of people pictures do I need to get permission to use?
Where can I read for myself the laws/rules about using pictures of people.
ALSO, is there someplace that I could get public domain modern day pictures of people and children for the website?
(I also have my own website that I put lots of pictures of my finished work. Since it's my own creation, I haven't had to worry about getting permission to post these pictures on my own website)
Thanks for your help