The Ultimate Guide to the Brenizer Method

The Ultimate Guide to the Brenizer Method

We have posted several articles regarding the Brenizer Method (here and here) in the past, but none from the man himself, Ryan Brenizer. Ryan is easily one of the top wedding photographers in the nation. He shoots over 60 weddings a year and probably only sleeps 3 hours a day. He is offering a full guide on how he shoots his method from the first photo through post production. When the method is done correctly your image could have the depth of field of a f/.04 lens.

I highly recommend checking out his guide and preordering it, it is only $8 for a limited time. If anyone knows the best way to shoot the Brenizer Method it would be Ryan himself. Check out his photos using this method.

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Jerrit Pruyn is a professional wedding photographer based in NYC. His work and articles have been featured on Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, and Daily Mail.

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I agree that Ryan is an incredible photographer without exception! My question is can't a lot of this as well as the tilt-shift effect be accomplished very close with the new built-in selective focus points in CS6 and LR5? I realize there's a difference in straight DOF vs TS vs the selective focus point via plugins but doesn't or can't it come close enough or almost entirely the same depending on how much time you want to spend in post working on it? Similarly - I don't see why anyone would purchase the lensbaby products if they have LR5 or CS6. Just asking....

the key to that statement is "depending on how much time you want to spend in post working on it"... with the Brenizer method, all you do it take a series of shots... merge to panorama... done... you also get the benefit of a larger file size if you want larger prints. If you are a weekend warrior or hobbyist, then spending some added time in post is not as huge of a deal. For a professional, and especially for weddings where you have hundreds of images to edit, its best to spend as little time on post as possible while still maintaining excellent images.

This.... all these videos are already out there for me.. I've noticed a lot more photographers milking "Guides" and "How-To" videos for sales when they've already given this information in the past for free OR it's already out there by other people who don't want to capitalize / take advantage of newbies by selling them "their secrets" give me a break... if these guys need think the success of photography is hiding behind secrets then they don't get what this field is all about.

I agree.

God forbid a photographer offer to teach what they've learned and charge someone for it. Apparently colleges are also now getting in on this scam - charging people for education. Even colleges like MIT are giving away free courses online but still charging students who want to take their classes. I'm not sure if you are a full-time photographer running a business, but anything you can do add value to newer photographers and also help make your business profitable is what this field is all about. Just a different perspective.

The Brenizer method is a lot of fun, with a lot of applications in which you can use it.

Although many of us already understand the basics of Ryan's technique, I see this is a great opportunity to give back and reward someone who's helped me learn something new. And what phenomenal price.

*f/0.4, not f/.04. But the point still stands :)

paypal is missing sorry

there's a paypal option - it's right next to the cc payment option.

sorry mine bad ;-(

I bought this and have not received anything!! anyone else have this problem?

It's a pre-order, the actual product isn't out yet. You'll be emailed when it's available to download.

yea it was supposed to come out October 3rd but they moved the date to October 15th, which is today!

Just came across this and was curious how out it all started, as this technique is nothing new. We used it in studio 20+ years ago, and on location regularly for commercial jobs. Joel Grimes uses it and has for some time... It's an effective creative technique, but not really attributable to any one individual. When shooting film on 2 1/4 (a loooong time ago), we would do this for some family portraits as we had a scanner for the negs, and it was just a cool way to do something a bit different when we had the time. Perhaps it hit the wedding industry and seemed new ?

Just an example that we wanted to share. Brenizer method shot with Nikon 105mm f/1.4 at f/1.4.

The video is basically good and 10$ is not too much. However it goes for 2:30h with many repetitions and no clear structure. He likes explaining his (good) method over and over again. Just google Brenizer and you will find many videos covering 80% in 15min, I think this is much more efficient. In additions there are a few nice write-ups available by no explaining it more in a step by step approach. Don't save the money, but save your time.