At one point I had to photograph a high school lab skills competition for the ‘Outreach’ portion of UBC’s Chemistry website.
The biggest problem I faced was that most of the students were under 19, the ‘age of majority’ in British Columbia, and therefore not able to give the university legal permission to put ‘recognizable’ photos of them up on the web.
As I went in to shoot the competition I was thinking maybe a long shot of a lot of backs in white lab coats, or perhaps some close-ups of hands.
Then one of the graduate student who was assisting in the competition suggested just blurring their faces like you see on TV. Brilliant!
I put the ISO down to 100 and shot from a tripod so there was a lot of motion blur. There was one student who was still recognizable so I added a smear of motion blur to her face in Photoshop.
I only needed one shot and here it is; just look at those kids scurry around the lab!
More on the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur