the brenizer method



so, we aren’t much for sharing educational type posts. or we haven’t been in the past. the stuff camera nerdlingers might find entertaining and thirst quenching to the brain. as a forwarning, this is one of those posts. it’s always fun trying new things when you’re in an experimental mood. the other day we tried out what photogs are calling the “brenizer method” or “bokeh panorama.” this method is actually familiar and known to landscape photographers, but was tried out by wedding photographer, ryan brenizer. therefore, becoming popularly known as the “brenizer method.” it’s fairly easy if you posses photoshop, a telephoto lens with a dslr camera, of course, and a photo subject.


telephoto lenses have the ability to create the cream of the crop depth of field. that lovely blur in the background that adds so much more dimension to photos. the only thing is, telephoto lenses (85mm plus) get up close and personal in a shot, which limits the ability to capture the surrounding environment. NO MORE! i’m assuming this is what ryan brenizer himself shouted when he set out to experiment with this. with the ever so baffling capabilities of photoshop, you’re able to merge a plump handful of photos together to make one. one beaute of a photo. well, most of the time. if you’re just trying this out for the first time, it may result in hysterical laughter.


anyhow, here are instructions on how to create yourself a brenizer-ized photo.


1. first, some instructions have advised to shoot in jpeg format. raw files can become large when opened into photoshop, causing it to bog down and sometimes, crash. so, if you’re shooting in raw format, take those images into software such as lightroom so you can export them at a smaller size.


2. set your camera setting to the lowest aperture allowed by your lens. we used an 85 mm, but have read it’s possible to make this work even with a 50mm lens. set your exposure and focus on the face of your subject. you will not refocus or change the exposure, ISO, white balance, NOTHING. we found it helpful to stand around 10 feet away from your subject. you’ll want to start by taking a picture of the subject first, since everything else will be stationary at this time, some humanoids have issues sitting still long enough. then, once you’ve got that first shot of the photo subject, start aiming around the outside frame of that person, taking photos of the area around them. the more photos the better and overlapping is encouraged. each time, we averaged just around 30 shots. the first photo below is an example of the first shot taken. from there, you shoot above, below, on the sides and corners of this first photo.


3. once you’ve found yourself back in your nerdery with photos uploaded and exported at a manageable size for photoshop, open up your version of photoshop. click FILE –> AUTOMATE –> PHOTOMERGE


4. in the layout section, make sure you select Reposition. then select Browse to select your images from the destination folder you saved them to. make sure Blend Images Together is checked, then click OK.


5. photoshop will do the rest! it may take some time, so sit back, relax, check your phone, pet the dog, whatever you can do in a few minutes time. once photoshop has finished, it will result in a jaggedy edged photo. from there you can crop the photo to your liking and just like magic, you have one heck of a neat image. go ahead and edit or do whatever you feel necessary as part of your editing process.



we might be trying this in upcoming photo sessions, so be prepared to become brenizerized. feel free to experiment with distance. the higher/lower and wider (left or right) you go with shots, the more likely it’ll result in warping of the image. there’s no guarantee it will turn out the first time, so keep on trying!


example of a first shot:

the rest of the photos are taken outside the area of that shot. then, brenizer-ized:

first shot.


and that concludes nerding out wednesday. until next time, folks.

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Hannah Nicole LOVE the brenizer method. so fun to mess around with. and especially love that last shot. dynamite.

Anne Sooooo cool! Really is like magic. I will try this today on a friend of mine:)

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