The Brenizer Effect With Fantastic Examples

The Brenizer Effect With Fantastic Examples

If you keep up with fstoppers, it's likely you saw some unique portraits posted HERE using the Brenizer Method. This post explains that method a little more. If you want to hear Ryan Brenizer explain his own method, he posted his own video on his website. If you you're too lazy to watch the whole thing though, here's a summary with some examples.

The fundamentals to creating a "Brenizer" photo is to take a panorama portrait at a shallow depth of field (ie using an 80mm lens at f1.8) and stitching it together in photoshop. The result gives you a wide angle picture with a depth of field not possible with any wide angle lens. Check out some of these stunning examples below.

 

Sylvain_Latouche

 

www.marksbrides.com

 

David.Keochkerian

 

daniel_willinger_photography

 

Sylvain_Latouche

 

 

photo-se.com

 

 

Dylan H0well


 

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Cool! Gotta try this some time soon! Looks very interesting! 

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Love the images above.. I haven't really tried it on people so much.. but its great for cars :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/usuqa/5800582719/

Teh Kao's picture

Yeah that looks beautiful.  Love it.

joe c's picture

I built this image using this method. I really like the effect!  http://www.flickr.com/photos/48567030@N00/7190071772/in/photostream/lightbox/

That last shot (red table and chairs) is particularly eye=popping... I can only guess that instead of a long-ish lens it was taken with a shorter prime wide open. It almost looks like a tilt-shift!

Inspiring stuff!

Simon wardenier's picture

Shot this shot at F4 with a manual 135 mm F2.8 lens, I used 15 images to get this result, it was my fourth attempt at using the Brenizer Method...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tribblephotos/7217942604/in/photostream

The effect it awesome but there seems to be some problems with his stitchings. U can clearly see where its been stitched.

The first one looks like a bad stitch...most of the others seem fine...

Is it like an Aperture + focus bracketing ???

You can't get depth-of-field this shallow with a wide-angle lens. Wide angle lenses have inherently deeper depth-of-field. So you use a longer lens to get the shallow DoF, then stitch together multiple shots to get the perspective of a wide-angle lens. BRILLIANT. :-D 

That's not completely true. To test this out, take a wide angle lens that has say f2.8 max aperture. Take your picture with a specific area in focus. Next, take a telephoto lens that also can go to f2.8, focus on the same point, and then take however many photos are needed to that same field of view as the wide angle lens. Obviously, at this point, you will have many more pixels, but the out of focus areas will be the same. If at this point you shrink the stiched panorama down to the same exact size as the single shot wide angle photo, you will have identical images. This is how aperture works.

The reason this effect works is because wide angle lenses don't have apertures as large as some of the short telephotos. I have an 85mm f1.2, but there's no wide angle that even comes close. I have a 14mm f2.8, which is fast for a wide, but doesn't even come close compared to an 1.2. The effect simply comes from the ability to reach an aperture that cannot happen in the real world with current lenses.

The first one one is a great image but you can see the stitching and it looks like the focus was adjusted in the bottom right corner area.
The 4th image is awesome because it pops so much and the color is amazing, but i'm not to sure its Brenizer method, possible enhanced in post, due to the fact that that focus should be one level plane from your subject, but if you look at the stones in front of them, they are in focus all through the foreground but if you follow the plane of the couple to each outer edge the focus is lost.
I think the best perfected is number 6.

This method is awesome! I gave it a shot today and it works wonderfully!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vadoo/7322350742/ 

A surprisingly quick and effective technique.  I've had a quick try at this and am pretty happy with my result...
http://jasonlauphotography.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/shallow-pano-with-ch...

Kasper Løftgaard's picture

Cheap way to make your photos look like medium/large format portraits.. I get similar results shooting 6x7 on 105mm f/2.4.. 

I've got a few shots like that before seeing this. It's definitely an interesting method of shooting. Most people wouldn't consider shooting a pano with a 1.8 because only a limited area would be in focus, and the rest would be "wasted space." And, some would argue that you could just back up and shoot the same shot with a wide angle 1.8 lens. 

David Strauss's picture

If you follow up on the info for the first image, it was shot with an 80 mm with a TON of exposures. The equivalent aperture of the final image is f 0.33

Mike Philippens's picture

I did this years ago with my Minolta A2, so I guess it should be called the Philippens Method ;)
I never used this on humans however; it was an old windmill and sadly, I lost the photo.

I have to say, the first image looks like HDR and gaussian blur in photoshop.

Please excuse my ignorance - but wouldn't the same affect occur if you just stood further back with a longer lens and kept your DOF shallow? 

 Unfortunately not Michael.. as you step back, the DOF increases exponentially..

ah ok. i'll have to give this a try!

Jens Marklund's picture

First two are badly made. Second, the sky is in focus, but not the trees, wtf?

Mark Dub's picture

I noticed that too. I was thinking the sky was added in post for some pop

Morgan Moller's picture

Is it me or do I not get the point? Couldn't one get the same result shooting a pano with a 70-200 at 2.8 (which would put the background out of focus if you focus manually on the wrong thing) and at 2.8 the subject would be sharp on his position (here you focus on him)?

Interesting technique, but gimmicky. 

I actually did this on a portrait a while back before I ever heard of the effect.  I was shooting on a 50mm f/1.4 so I could have the image only lit by the candlelight, but I wanted to show more of the scene, so I stitched a few images together.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomascbyrd/6040623975/in/photostream

Proof that extreme technical novelty does not necessarily produce beautiful images. 

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Christopher Nolan's picture

dig your work

Douglas Sonders's picture

all are pretty cool except the second one... looks off to me

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