I was working on a time-lapse about Zürich in the last few days. I chose some places in Zürich which I really like and shot a lot of pictures. At the end I created an almost 5 minutes long video, which is a big achievement for me. Before this I already experimented with time-lapse, but that was really just experimenting. You are very welcome to check out my orchid and the clouds if you would like to see where I started. I know that this video of Zürich is also not that professional but it’s definitely better than my previous attempts, so I’m very proud of it. :)
Before I published my video I was warned that protecting the privacy of the people who were there while I was photographing would be important, so I was searching for a solution but couldn’t find a good one. Of course I can blur the faces in one picture in Photoshop but since people are moving I can’t automate this for all the other pictures. I also tried the face-blurring tool of Google which they offer when you upload a video on YouTube but it recognises many ships in my video as a face and blur them totally. When I was looking around YouTube I realised that there are many travel videos and other time-lapses with no face-blurring so I searched for legal advice. What I found out is very comforting to me in case of sharing my video without face-blurring. Although laws vary by region, anything filmed in a public place can broadcast anyone’s face. No one has a reasonable expectation of privacy in public. Why you see so many blurred faces, is because it’s often beneficial to the production company to do this. There is rarely law that forces them to. So I decided to share my video as it is, without face-blurring. Still I would be pleased if anyone could give me some tips how to blur faces in a time-lapse video.