Blend to­gether a portrait

Use the Br­enizer method to make your sub­ject re­ally pop out from the pic­ture

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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

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