First attempt Brenizer Method

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My first attempt at using the Brenizer Method. According to his site and Wikipedia it is “photographic technique developed by wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer. It allows for the creation of an image exhibiting a shallow depth of field in tandem with a wide angle of view by use of panoramic stitching techniques in portraiture. The combination of these characteristics enables a photographer to mimic the look of a large format photographic system with equipment that is generally more easily and cheaply available, such as a digital SLR or even a camera phone. The method increases the effective sensor size of the camera, much like the larger negatives in medium and large format photography.”

I first tried it out on my daughter Dharma in our yard here in the woods of Central, Mass. and then next at a little wedding out on the Cape. His tutorial is great and I recommend it highly, if just to get it down and be able to refer back to it as often as possible. The image with Dharma is from 46 images shot with my 70-200mm at f/2.8. Brenizer has some geek way of calculating the f-stop of the merged image but that is beyond me at this point. The photo with Katie and Doug is shot with an 85mm at f/2. More to come–I’ve got to break out of the vertical format.