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The Brenizer Method Explained With Directions

A Few Things To Know About This Post

  • Ryan Brenizer did not initially call this technique “The Brenizer Method”, that’s what many other people have called it and it stuck. In many of his earlier posts, he refers to this technique as panoramic stitching.
  • When I wrote that “Ryan Brenizer invented” this technique, I now realize that invent was the wrong word to use. He no more invented this technique than Columbus discovered America. Rather I should have said he developed another use of panoramic stitching.
  • Ryan’s way of doing the panoramic stitching is slightly different than how I document it below. This was never meant to be, in any shape or form, the official way to do the Brenizer Method. This was just how I found it worked most successful for me.
  • I have nothing but huge and deep respect for Ryan and his amazing wedding photography work and his work is truly an inspiration to me.
  • You can see many more of his panoramic stitching on his blog here.

See the video from B&H Photo Video with Ryan Brenizer explaining the panoramic stitching technique, otherwise known as the Brenizer Method:

Wedding photographer extraordinaire Ryan Brenizer invented this really cool technique while on his honeymoon which is dubbed “The Brenizer Method”. For those who may or may not have heard of it and are not sure of what this technique is exactly, it’s essentially using a telephoto lens to create a very shallow depth of field as if shot with a wider angle lens. This technique makes a dSLR image look like it was shot by medium format.

Despite the directions Ryan posted here, followed by a very informative Facebook video and here’s a behind-the-scenes video also, there is still confusion amongst some people of how to do it and what you are achieving. Well, done correctly, you get this (photo copyrighted by Ryan Brenizer):

© Ryan Brenizer

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This is a result that can’t be achieved with a wide angle lens no matter how fast of an aperture. You can see more of the Brenizer Method here and by others on Flickr here.

So what is The Brenizer Method?

Essentially it is the same concept used by landscape photographers known as panorama stitching except instead of stitching a bunch of horizontal shots together to form a wide image, the images are horizontally and vertically stitched to create a wide and tall image not unlike a square. And because you are stitching together many files, you are creating a very high resolution image that can hold up to very large print sizes without loss in quality. By shooting at a very shallow depth-of-field (DOF) and then stitching the shots together, you’re exaggerating the shallow DOF.

In the image above, created from 47 images, Ryan used a Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4D shot at f/1.4. If you were to take the same image with the same 85mm at the distance he was standing, you would probably only get a half body shot of the couple with a background that looks like a wash of colors; which is fine if that is the look you are trying to achieve. If you stood back far enough to get the same framing as the image above, the people would appear very small in relation to their environment thus losing the intimate feel of the image above. That is one of the major drawbacks of a telephoto lens have more of a voyeuristic feel. That is one of the primary reasons photojournalists use a wide angle, to capture a sense of intimacy. If you used a wide angle lens to capture the same framing, you would achieve the intimacy, but lose the focus on the couple as the background would not exhibit the same bokeh as telephoto lens can.

Here is a sample of a shot I did. One shot, taken with the 85mm at f/1.2:

Bui Photography Brenzier Method Sample Photo with Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

It’s a nice shot, but a bit distant and detached. But what if we used the Brenzier Method? Here’s another sample picture with the same pose and distance with the same lens at the same aperture, but with 50 images stitched together:

My Experience and How I Do It

In my experience, the results are best achieved by using a medium-telephoto lens (i.e. 85mm) with a very large aperture (i.e. f/1.4 or larger), of course that doesn’t mean you can’t use a wide angle (i.e. 16-35mm) or a zoom telephoto (i.e. 70-200mm) with an aperture of f/2.8. When I use The Brenizer Method, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is what I reach for. You also have to use the lens at the widest aperture as you are trying to take full advantage of shallow DOF, so I would have my aperture set to f/1.2 or f/1.4. Bare in mind, that your results may vary depending on whether you use a full-frame or a crop factor sensor.

Before getting started, there are some important things to remember that Ryan points out in his Facebook video for the Brenizer Method:

  • You must separate auto-focusing from your shutter button so that when pressed it is only locking exposure. The auto-focusing is then delegated to another button, usually the * button on the back of the camera. With newer bodies, they have a dedicated AF-On button that you can use. Nikon users will find they have a AE-L/AF-L (auto-exposure lock/auto-focus lock) button which you should use.
  • You must set a white balance. If you don’t, you’ll have a lot of pictures with varying white balances which will make the final image not look right. You can either do a custom white balance of the scene (easy, quick, and accurate), shoot in RAW & fix it later (a pain in the ass), or select a preset white balance (easy and quick, but not always accurate).
  • It does not matter if you shoot in RAW or JPEG, just keep in mind that if you shoot in RAW, it just means more processing time and larger files to deal with. I generally shoot in JPEG cause there is no major added advantage to shooting RAW for this technique.
  • If you choose to shoot JPEG, make sure you set the quality of your JPEG to the smallest setting. You’re not taking a single picture, but rather 20 or more and stitching them together so you don’t need to worry about quality on each of the shot as the final output will be a very high quality image. You could shoot at Large, but keep in mind that will exponentially increase processing time.

The steps to doing The Brenizer Method is rather simple once you get the hang of it, but it takes a bit of practice. This is what I commonly do, but YMMV:

  1. I determine the background I want to use and how I want to pose my subject. I make sure that my subject(s) are in a comfortable pose that they can hold for at least 30-seconds without moving; quite important as you do not want motion blur in your shot.
  2. I start by taking a reference shot to get an idea of how the shot roughly looks. This also lets me know if I need to stand back more or not by visualizing how much I want of the background.
  3. Right before I begin getting my shots, I generally take a random shot of something like the ground, my shoe, or anything just so you know where the beginning of your stitching images should take place. You’ll find this is very helpful when you extract your images. After I’m done, I usually take another one of these shots so I know where it stops.
  4. I then set my focus to the eyes (since I want the eyes in focus, you can set your focus to anything else), auto focus and begin snapping pictures of the entire subject(s) first making sure I get a lot of overlap. It is very important that you do not move where you are at or you will shift focus. It is also very important that you do not refocus as the focus is set to be on the eyes. After I’ve taken a number of overlapping pics of the subject(s), I begin getting shots of the background. Why we do the subject first is to ensure that we don’t get any motion blur as it can be difficult for the subject to hold the pose for too long. I’ve included a sample pic so you can get the idea:
  5. The arrows are just for directional purposes. You’ll notice that I did not include any indication of when to take a shot because that is a personal preference, but you should overlap a lot and it’s always better to take more images than less. Hopefully the picture will give you a very good idea of how I do it.
  6. After I get back to the office, I extract all my images, except the ones for stitching, into Lightroom2. Rather, I download the images for stitching to my desktop into a folder I create to easy organize all the images.
  7. 2010-09-08 UPDATE: So in my experience, I’ve found out a few things. You do not need to go overboard and do 100 images to get a cool effect. Having more helps make the effect look amazing, but it also is more prone to failure and heavy computer crunching. Just cause you shot 30 images for the Brenizer Method does not mean you have to use them all. This is where it’s a bit important to overlap your shots. For example, say you’re doing the Brenizer Method, you’re 90% done and someone walks into your shot. You can either pause, but hold your position until the person has left the shot and take a few more shots to compensate, otherwise, you’ll have to skip including that one JPEG because you’ll find “ghosts” in the final merge. If you find your final product has some weird anomalies, I would recommended finding the JPEG that is the issue and not including it in the Photomerge.
  8. I then launch Adobe Photoshop CS3, I go to File > Automate > Photomerge…
  9. A new window should open, under Layout: Auto, Source Files Use: Files and make sure Blend images together is checked.
  10. Click Browse and select the first 25% of the images you took, select Open, and click OK. A mew window will open and start the merging process.
    • Note: you can try and select all the images, but unless you have a super powerful computer, Adobe Photoshop will crash. I’ve had this happen multiple times and finally figured out that if I split up the merges, it works quicker and without crashes.
    • You should try not to do anything else on the computer while the merging is taking place or it can crash the merge or you’ll find your computer running extremely slow.
  11. Once the merge completes, you should see a somewhat incomplete shot (that’s normal because you are only merging 25% of the total images at a time), save it as a PSD file and close it.
  12. Repeat Step 8 & 9 until all the images are complete and you have four PSD files (you might have more or less depending on how many batch of images you are merging at a time).
  13. Repeat Step 6 & 7, and click on Browse and select only the PSD files and click OK.
  14. Once that finishes, you should have a complete looking image. Crop as necessary and make any exposure corrections as needed.

So the final image size is quite large and capable of being cropped very liberally. Good luck and happy shooting!

2009-11-28 UPDATE: Here’s another really good tutorial by daifuku on how to do the Brenizer Method.

2010-07-16 UPDATE: Photojojo has had this up for awhile, another simple explanation of how to do the Brenizer Method. I’ve been meaning to link it for some time now.

2010-09-08 UPDATE: I know the shot of Anna (model above) isn’t the most terribly interesting use of the Brenizer Method, and in an effort to showcase more of it (and my improvement with it), I’m including other Brenizer Method shots I’ve done recently:

Brenizer Method, 7 photos merged. Shot with 85mm f/1.2L at f/1.2.

Nigh time engagement shoot in front of Hard Rock Cafe using Brenizer Method

Attempt at nighttime Brenizer Method. 43 images. Shot with 50mm f/1.2.

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146 Responses to “The Brenizer Method Explained With Directions”

  1. buiphotos says:

    Hi Sandra: Are you using CS4/5? It happens with using CS 4/5. You can just crop those images out. Apparently when CS 4/5 doesn't know what to do with an image or how it quite fits in to the bigger picture, it drops it underneath. The only other thing I can think of is that you're not overlapping enough.

    Are you viewing them at 100%? Cause at any zoom other than 100% it has that effect. If you zoom into 100%, you'll notice the "rips" are gone.

  2. Richard Bui says:

    Zookk: Thanks so much!

    Johann Hepner: I think my 85L was a bit prone to front focusing…either that or I missed the focus on the shot. Can't quite remember. But that's quite awesome to have the master himself photograph your wedding! I'm sure they pics are amazing and certainly cherished for a lifetime!

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  6. Wayne says:

    A very well written and easy to understand tutorial.
    Looking forward to using this.
    Thank you very much.

  7. Thanks for the detailed and well organized explanation. I can not wait to give this method a spin.

  8. Sandra says:

    I think it would have been easier to see the difference the method made if there were also a single wide-angle image to compare to the 'shopped one. Also the composite image looks more washed out than the single one above it.

  9. Nick says:

    I've been doing this technique without realizing it was named after someone…

    Don't you get parralax error if you don't use a tripod with adjusted nodal point? Ofcourse, you can mask in a single shot of the person if this were the case, but that wasn't mentioned in the tutorial.

    • Richard Bui says:

      Sorry for the delayed reply. I've never really noticed any issues with parallax, but one thing to be careful of is accidentally changing the distance of the camera to subject as you'll end up with the subject out of focus.

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  12. Mark says:

    By far the best explanation I've found online – I've seen tens so far. Thank you very much.

    I don't own an FX body – I own a DX body with two primes – 35mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8. Two quick questions:

    1. What effect would DX body have on 85mm lens v. FX in terms of final result?
    2. What would be the difference in results using 35mm f/1.8 v. 85mm f/1.8?

    Thanks in advance,
    Mark

    • Richard Bui says:

      Mark: Thank you! As far as your questions:

      1) Nothing major except for bokeh. It's a long complicated explanation, but the concept is the same as the crop vs. full-frame argument.

      2) Using telephoto lenses such an 85mm produces a different feel. It compresses the background and also creates a very flattering look for human subjects. With the Brenizer Method and a telephoto, you will get more bokeh than using a wide angle.

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  15. Seno says:

    This is one of the most helpful tutorial about brenizer method, thx :D

    But i got some trouble when applying this method. I got very bad distortion on the edge of the stitched image. Is it because my lense (im using 50mm f1.4) ? my un-steady hand while taking the photo ? or the program i use (im using AutoStitch).

    Thx :D

    • Richard Bui says:

      First, let me say this is my opinion. I think it's a combination of many things like standing in one spot but shooting "around" might create lens distortion when stitching the images together. It also depends on how close you are to the subject. I think if you use a little long of a zoom, you won't see it as bad.

  16. Daniel Buck says:

    I don't know if you can say he "invented" the technique, I've been doing this for years (since at least 2004, and probably earlier), I can't say I invented it either, at the time I thought I was the only one doing it (since I came up with it on my own, and hadn't seen anyone else do it) but I'm sure someone before me probably thought of it too. Maybe, brilliant minds think alike? :-)

  17. David Lee says:

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for the detailed explanation – really helps. One question about the exposure – do you lock the exposure down as well. For example, in the first frame where you focus only once, if the exposure for that frame is say for example 1/400 at f1.4, do you keep that constant through all of the other frames as well, or do you just shoot on aperature priority mode?

    Thanks again.

  18. David, yes, you have to keep the exposure the same or you'll have a very frustrating time when merging and having exposure variation. The best way to think of it is that you are taking a very large image in pieces so your focus, white balance, and exposure needs to all be locked. Shoot in manual, less headache.

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  20. Todd Baker says:

    With this method I guess the model has to be completely still as well while shooting all the pics.

  21. Richard Bui says:

    @Todd: yes, for the most part. But there is a trick. The way I do it is first tell them to get into a comfortable pose they can hold, I lock focus on them and take like about 5 shots of just them before I start doing the background last, that way if they move, I have many photos to select from. They key thing is that you can always pause too. Sometimes people walk into your shot, you just stop and don't move and wait until they leave before you continue shooting again. The key thing is getting comfortable and building up your speed and accuracy.

  22. Richard Bui says:

    @Todd: yes, for the most part. But there is a trick. The way I do it is first tell them to get into a comfortable pose they can hold, I lock focus on them and take like about 5 shots of just them before I start doing the background last, that way if they move, I have many photos to select from. They key thing is that you can always pause too. Sometimes people walk into your shot, you just stop and don't move and wait until they leave before you continue shooting again. The key thing is getting comfortable and building up your speed and accuracy.

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  25. shawnm says:

    Wow, up to 50 images at a time? Crazy. I've done a similar scenario where I took 4 quarters of a scene using a 50mm f1.8 lens and later stitched them together…but nothing of this scale. I'll have to try it!

  26. Bill says:

    It almost has a 3D effect. Very nice.

  27. ernie says:

    tnx ryan for sharing this method

  28. Richard Bui says:

    SHAWNM: The more images you stitch, the more pronounce the effect is. By no means do you need a lot of shots to create the effect. The more shots you do, the harder your computer has to work and it's more prone to errors in my experience.

    Bill: Thanks! Definitely a credit to Ryan for developing this!

    Ernie: I certainly agree, thanks to Ryan!

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  31. Sandra says:

    Im trying to master the Brenizer method, but when I load the images and merge them….some of the images don't merge and I end up with sort of a collage image.

    Also when some of the images merge, I can see where they have merged, looks as if some one tore the picture apart and put it back together…do you know how I get rid of this line?

    Please help~

  32. pong hopper says:

    lots of exciting awesome things to learn

  33. Richard Bui says:

    Hi Sandra: Are you using CS4/5? It happens with using CS 4/5. You can just crop those images out. Apparently when CS 4/5 doesn't know what to do with an image or how it quite fits in to the bigger picture, it drops it underneath. The only other thing I can think of is that you're not overlapping enough.

    Are you viewing them at 100%? Cause at any zoom other than 100% it has that effect. If you zoom into 100%, you'll notice the "rips" are gone.

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  37. Joe says:

    Ryan Brenizer is certainly not the first person to use stitching to achieve a better bokeh. I heard wedding photographers were arrogant… but really? "The Brenizer Method"?

    • Will says:

      I have followed Ryan for months and it became named after him, so he popularized it he never said "I am the first in the world to have used this method." He's a pretty laid back, non-arrogant guy so maybe research a bit first.

  38. Richard Bui says:

    Hi Joe: He didn't name it that, other people just attributed it to him by using his name. Perhaps invent is too strong of a word and I should reword to say he was the first(?) to use this technique for portraits and wedding photography.

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  45. Nate says:

    heard of this method many times, but never wanted to spend the time with trial and error to figure it out. Half stumbled onto your page from POTN today. I have a place I want to this out at tonight, can't wait. Great/clear instructions and visual aids.

  46. Richard Bui says:

    Hi Nate, thanks for stopping by and the kind words! Please post a link up to your Brenizer shots once you got some! Can't wait to see.

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  49. zookk says:

    brilliant article

  50. zookk says:

    brilliant article

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  60. Johann Hepner says:

    Just wondering. Did you purposefully focus in front of the model or is your lens a little front focus heavy?
    Likewise, I like this write up of the brenizer method. It's a fantastic method. As a photo dork, I had Ryan photograph my wedding, as expected, fantastic job with the technique!

  61. Richard Bui says:

    Zookk: Thanks so much!

    Johann Hepner: I think my 85L was a bit prone to front focusing…either that or I missed the focus on the shot. Can't quite remember. But that's quite awesome to have the master himself photograph your wedding! I'm sure they pics are amazing and certainly cherished for a lifetime!

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  63. nooky says:

    i do what you have done in taking the photo's but i dont use photoshop cs3 i find it doesnt do the job properly. i have now got a program called autopano and i use that and i tell you what they come out brilliant. the best use if a program for stitching ever. it even corrects the colours and lighting as well. 99% of the time they come out perfect. i am on flickr and picasa so look me up and see my pano photo's there

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    It also works with Photoshop Elements 9 (Photomerge Panorama).

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  84. [...] Click here for an explanation of the technique! [...]

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  86. [...] One of the things I had wanted to try out for a while but never quite got around to doing was to try out the Brenizer Method. The Brenizer Method consists of stitching together a bunch of shots taken from a telephoto at wide aperture to get an extremely shallow depth of field at a wider angle. Theoretically, all I would have to do is Focus, set lens & camera settings to Manual, swing my lens in a variety of directions capturing as wide a shot as possible and later sit in front of the computer to stitch them together. This website explains it well if you want to try it out: http://blog.buiphotos.com/2009/07/the-brenizer-method-explained-with-directions/ [...]

  87. [...] One of the things I had wanted to try out for a while but never quite got around to doing was to try out theBrenizer Method. The Brenizer Method consists of stitching together a bunch of shots taken from a telephoto at wide aperture to get an extremely shallow depth of field at a wider angle. Theoretically, all I would have to do is Focus, set lens & camera settings to Manual, swing my lens in a variety of directions capturing as wide a shot as possible and later sit in front of the computer to stitch them together. This website explains it well if you want to try it out: http://blog.buiphotos.com/2009/07/the-brenizer-method-explained-with-directions/ [...]

  88. [...] as wide a shot as possible, and later sit in front of the computer to stitch them together. This website explains it well if you want to try it [...]

  89. [...] as wide a shot as possible, and later sit in front of the computer to stitch them together. This website explains it well if you want to try it [...]

  90. @undefined says:

    This is amazing. I've got a client I'm already planning on using this with, after I try it out a bit. Well written and explained. Thank you!

  91. [...] Brenizer method здесь и здесь. Filed Under: Daily Photo Tagged With: brenizer method, ежедневщина, улица, [...]

  92. Sonya R says:

    [...] (: the other day we went to the park and had a little fall themed shoot. In this shot I used the Brenizer Method to add a lot of depth to the shot. The shoot was pretty successful and I got a lot of great shots. [...]

  93. [...] isolation for the effect to really work. I'd try again, I don't think this one is working. The Brenizer Method Explained With Directions | San Francisco Bay Area Editorial Story-telling Weddi… Other places I hang out on the interwebz: Reply With Quote   [...]

  94. [...] times You could always have a go at The Brenizer Method http://www.ianforknall.com Reply With Quote     « [...]

  95. Erik Sawaya says:

    I gave it a go in paris this weekend. The only thing is I went about it with a fujifilm X100 and a teleconverter… Check it out and read the full post here: http://www.eriksawaya.com/brenizer_method_in_pari

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  96. [...] subject is way too small and dark. I think the Benzier Method could work here to your advantage. The Brenizer Method Explained With Directions | San Francisco Bay Area Editorial Story-telling Weddi… http://ambientfocus.blogspot.com/ Reply With Quote     [...]

  97. [...] confused? Check out this article for a more detailed step-by-step description. Or better yet, just enjoy my first experiments [...]

  98. [...] many, many details that seem to be very clear. That’s part of this method called “Brenizier” and is a fun way of snapping portraits of all your [...]

  99. [...] are achieving. Well, done correctly, you get this (photo copyrighted by Ryan Brenizer): Source: http://blog.buiphotos.com/2009/07/the-brenizer-method-explained-with-directions/  ', url:'' } ], }); }); [...]

  100. [...] that last photo on the right represents my first attempt at the Brenizer Method — which is why the colors are a little different than those of the rest of these photos; I [...]

  101. [...] a networking party (a photographers’ get-together in Hallowell, Maine); I made an awesome Brenizer Method engagement photo; I had a logo designed for my business; I went kayaking; and I was featured in 10 [...]

  102. [...] Until then, you could do worse than looking at these two links, firstly a nice walk-through from BUI photos and secondly the man [...]

  103. [...] done something similar with the Brenizer Menthod, and when you’re doing this it is important to keep your camera in manual mode and locked [...]

  104. [...] sure you're thinking of the Brenizer Method : The Brenizer Method Explained With Directions | San Francisco Bay Area Editorial Story-telling Weddi… Nikon D90 | Sony NEX-3 Nikkor 18-55 | Nikkor 70-300 | Nikkor 50 f/1.4D | Lensbaby 2.0 | [...]

  105. [...] Jesse Herzog used the Brenizer Method to create this great portrait. The Brenizer Method involves moving your camera on a tripod to photograph different parts of a scene, and stitch them together in Photoshop. This enables you you to capture an out of focus background while getting the appearance of a wide angle lens without the distortion! Read more about the Brenizer Effect here. [...]

  106. [...] was experimenting with the Brenizer method of stitching panoramas to obtain some really cool depth of field with essentially a series of [...]

  107. Ken Tan says:

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Definitely gonna try to use it.

  108. [...] next shot was an experiment based on the Brenizer method… 74 images were stitched together to manipulate the depth of [...]

  109. [...] attempt at the Brenizer Method, this time using my brand new toy: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. Lots more to learn and got a very long [...]

  110. [...] all the photo geeks: Using the Brenizer Method Calculator the equivalent Focal length is 25mm and the equivalent aperture is an amazing [...]

  111. [...] a result, I think we often ‘borrow’ each others styles and tweak them to suit ours (i.e Brenizer Method, lighting, poses), and that’s not a bad thing. It pushes the overall quality and execution of [...]

  112. Monique says:

    Very helpful, thank you very much! I want to try it soon… my 50mm f/1.2 will have to suit.

  113. [...] next shot was an experiment based on the Brenizer method… 74 images were stitched together to manipulate the depth of [...]

  114. [...] had been wanting to try the Brenizer Method for quite a while in this exact spot (right outside my front door!), and I couldn’t have [...]

  115. Andrew Power says:

    That is an absolutely amazing method. Not just 3d'ish, the whole photo just jumps and pops. Amazing examples, thanks.

  116. [...] 1. Panoramic Stitching, or the Brenizer Method [...]

  117. [...] shots but you have to have the correct subject matter to begin with. Refer to tutorial here. The Brenizer Method Explained With Directions | San Francisco Bay Area Editorial Story-telling Weddi… Sony A580 and Sony A200 DSLR + grip Sigma 10-20 f3.5; Sigma 17-50mm f2.8; Sigma: [...]

  118. […] way above your apparent weight in sensor size. A site that explains it in painstaking detail: The Brenizer Method Explained With Directions | San Francisco Bay Area Editorial Story-telling Weddi… Canon 6D / Canon T2i (soon to be infrared converted) / Olympus OM-1 35mm / Shen Hao 4×5 […]

  119. Holly says:

    Is it possible to do this with the newest edition of PS Elements?

    (thank you!)

  120. | says:

    […] just took off. His work is outstanding and he teaches the method to others. I learned from here and here. Then I just took shots all day and worked on photoshop. Trying to get this technique looking good […]

  121. […] The Brenizer Method Explained With Directions | San Francisco Bay Area Editorial Story-telling Weddi…(EN) du « gigapan » en portrait… Intéressant, surtout pour le rendu ! (Merci Marc pour le lien ) […]

  122. […] photographe de mariage Ryan Brenizer, dont on a justement appelé la méthode idoine « Méthode Brenizer » (lien en anglais, désolé pour les non anglophones ; cela dit le schéma de la […]

  123. […] stitching. It’s similar technique used with landscapes. More details on this website (click here). I thought I would give it a try. I was in Banff last Saturday, and I took some shots of the […]

  124. ugh says:

    you never make it clear if you just rotate your camera and point at the different spots or if you're actually moving the camera. if you keep the camera plane consistent and actually move the camera around, you lose the distortion you're adding to the camera by rotating it to get different shots.

    you also say you "need overlap" but realistically you need 3 photos total to overlap enough to convert a typical dslr aspect ratio to a square aspect ratio.

    I don't understand the BS about how this you a different depth of field, it only does that via stacking (used in macro photography) and changing the angle of the depth of field. this adds an obvious distortion that i see in basically every example of this "method."

  125. intaG says:

    thank you for sharing and great explanation. a specially merging part. i always crushed my computer at that point, no when i do step by step it works. Thank you again!

  126. […] For a more detailed description on the Brenizer Method, check out Richard Bui’s blog. […]

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