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Melyssa | Milwaukee Photo Shoot | Brenizer method

So where are a few more photos from the photoshoot with Melyssa a few days back. But these photos are a little different. Both of the two photos posted below are made up of approx 25-40 photos each. A technique made popular by New York City photographer Ryan Brenizer, so much so its been named “The Brenizer Method” .

You might be asking right now “Why the heck would I want to take a whole lotta photos and make one photo out of it?”  Well, here is the answer.   Doing so gives you a more shallow Depth of Field ( Background and Foreground “Blur”).  This method allows you to achieve a look that is not possible by taking only one photo shot with a large aperture.  No lens exists that would able to provide you with the same results.

Both of the below photos were taken approx 7ft from Melyssa using a 50mm lens at 1.4f. Being this close normally would not allow you to get a photo that looks like it was taken with such a wide angle lens. This can also come in handy if you need to take a wide angle photo and only have a standard or zoom lens in your bag.

This method is also fairly easy to perform. Will need a few things to make sure it will be done right; A camera of course, a lens when a large aperture (1.4f or lower is the best) – 50mm and greater focal lengths with best , a steady hand, and a computer with photoshop on it.

Start by taking a photo of the subject, If a person make sure they hold their pose for a few moments.  Lock the aperture, exposure, and focus so they stay the same through the entire time you are taking the photos. After you have your first shot down start taking photos of the area around the subject in a trailing motion getting a larger ways away from the subject with each around.  I normally do this taking anywhere between 24-60 photos.  Make sure they are in a lower Jpeg setting so your computer can handle them when it is putting them together. Raw files are a big no no for this!

After you have all of your shots, and have them on the computer.   Fire up Photoshop.  File > Automate > Photomerge.   Select your files and put it on Auto and watch this puppy got to work. (Its not a fast process, even on my i7 overclocked to almost 4GHz and 16GB of ram). When it is done it will spit out a raw panorama looking photo. Crop as you see fit and enjoy.

Please feel free to comment if you have any questions.

Enjoy!

Melyssa | Milwaukee Photoshoot | Brenizer method

Melyssa | Milwaukee Photoshoot | Brenizer method

Melyssa | Milwaukee Photoshoot | Brenizer method

Melyssa | Milwaukee Photoshoot | Brenizer method

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