I am referencing the famous & one of the greatest photographers I virtually know and follow: Ryan Brenzier. What does the Brenizer Method mean? Well, it actual refers to a technique (a really cool one that he invented on his honeymoon)! The final photo is made by using a telephoto lens to create a very shallow depth of field (as if shot with a wider angle lens). You get the shallow depth of field from the telephoto lens and the wider angle part from stitching together many photos (anywhere from 6 to 50)! Essential you are creating a greater depth of field.
Here’s how to do it:
- Set your camera to manual mode, set the aperture to its widest and choose a focus point & lock it! (ex. if you’re doing this with a person as your subject, I recommend setting the focus on their eyes). AND, since you will be stitching a lot of photos together, it’s probably best to set the quality to jpeg, especially
- Set the custom white balance – you don’t want every picture to vary slightly in color.
- Frame the image -think in your head how far up and down you plan on making the image. Take note of where each corner is. Also, make sure the image quality is set to jpeg. You are going to end up with an image of high resolution anyway – this makes it easier to edit when in jpeg.
- Start the shooting! Remember the frame you took note of? Well, make sure to get a ton of pictures within your frame (even overlapping some)
- Stitch it with your photo processing software. For Photoshop users, you can go to the File Menu -> Automate->Photomerge, and voila! Photoshop will magically stitch all the photos that you just took into one magnificent image!
- Finish it! After you have your complete image, crop and edit to your liking!
I tried my hand at the Brenizer Method…it’s my first time, and I have a few funky frames, but here it is! Look at all that magnificent bokeh & how wide the photo is. You wouldn’t believe that this was taken with an 85mm f/1.4, but IT IS! This image is composed of about 30 photos! That Ryan Brenizer sure knows what he is doing!