Blend together a portrait
Use the Brenizer method to make your subject really pop out from the picture
Merge two images together seamlessly using Adobe Photoshop Elements
Photoshop Elements’ ability to stitch together images is great for putting photos together into horizontal panoramas. It can merge images vertically too, and we can take advantage of this to narrow the depth of field in an image and create a striking look called the Brenizer method. Invented by New York wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer, it involves shooting many exposures of and around a static scene without refocusing the lens, then blending them together. If your camera’s lens tops out at f/5.6 maximum aperture, a bit of Brenizer will convince people you’ve got a much fancier one.
The working files PSE creates for this can be quite large, so you might want to attach an external hard drive so Elements can use it as a scratch disk. We shot using our camera’s small JPEG option, and still got storage space warnings with 45GB free on our boot drive. Ian Evenden