MAS­TER THE BR­ENIZER METHOD

Learn to in­cor­po­rate this spe­cial fo­cus tech­nique into your work­flow to achieve the im­pos­si­ble

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

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.

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