Consent To Shoot

Privacy is an important issue, so unless you’re a photojournalist, it’s essential to get consent to shoot video of someone.  That can present a challenge.  What do you do at an event where very few people grant permission?

I was faced with that very issue today and opted for some creative shots to protect people’s identity.  Putting the foreground in-focus and the background out of focus is a great solution.  It allows the viewer to see there are people at the event, but keep them anonymous at the same time.

It’s clearly not the only technique, and I’d love to hear some others.  Thoughts?

–Tony Gnau