MASTER THE BRENIZER METHOD
Learn to incorporate this special focus technique into your workflow to achieve the impossible
A general rule is that wide-angle optics don’t provide much DOF control, meaning that images must have a tighter composition if a blurred background is to be possible.
The Brenizer Method combines shooting and processing steps, to combine multiple shallow-focus frames into a stitched wider image, thereby producing an effect that is impossible to create with any lens in a single shot. This is a popular technique for anything from wedding and portrait photography to environmental macro images.
1 CONSTRUCT A COMPOSITION (WIDE SHOT)
Shoot a rough frame using a wider focal length, to plan how your final composition may look. Use this time to choose a shooting angle, keeping a close eye on background detail, and work out how many frames you will need for the final product.
2 ZOOM IN Use a zoom lens or a mid-tele-photo prime with a maximum aperture of at least f2.8, and fill the frame with all or part of the main subject. The closer your framing, the more image segments you will need to shoot in order to cover the whole scene.