Art, Photography and Writing

The Brenizer Method

There are certain technical elements in photography that consistently excite me; shallow depth of field, telephoto compression, copious amounts of negative space and terrifyingly large images. I have recently discovered something that delivers on all fronts. Thus I present, the Brenizer Method.

The Brenizer Method is a panoramic photo technique that has been made famous by wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer. It is a panoramic stitch following both the x and y axis of a scene to cover a large area. A Brenizer portrait can be comprised of any number of images, but is often shot with at least nine and up to several dozen photos.

It is highly recommended that one would shoot for this technique using an 85mm prime lens to achieve a reasonable degree of compression, depth of field and field of view for shooting the panorama, but I have seen examples with a 50mm and even a 400mm that turned out beautifully.

The benefit of a Brenizer image is that it allows for a wide-angle coverage of a scene while trading the distortion and depth of field of a wide-angle for the compression and shallowness of a normal or telephoto lens. This allows for a very aesthetic image that can provide both a field of view and level of distortion much closer, or at least more appealing and realistic, to the human eye.

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