The Brenizer Method

The Brenizer Method - Little Lady Little City
I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite photo techniques with you all. Especially because these are some of my favorite types of photographs to do on the blog. The Brenizer Method/Bokehrama allows you to get the look of a large format camera with a regular DSLR. The results are pretty darn wonderful.
The Brenizer Method - Little Lady Little City
The first thing you need to do is to find a place that you think would make for a nice background. Have your subject strike a pose and make sure it is one that can be held for a little bit (at least 30 seconds). Next focus on your subject take a picture and then take a series of overlapping pictures of your subject and the background. Do not change any settings including the focus from your first photo. 
The Brenizer Method - Little Lady Little City
I put together a little gif that will hopefully help. You can experiment with how many photos you take (this one used 8) just be aware the more photos you use the longer it will take Photoshop to work its magic (totally the technical term for what it does hehe).

Once you have all of your photos you are ready to take them into Photoshop. (You can click on any of the images below to see larger versions)
The Brenizer Method - Little Lady Little City
Go to File > Automate > Photomerge
The Brenizer Method - Little Lady Little City
Select browse and chose the your photos. Click Reposition for the layout ( I usually use  that or Perspective) and then hit ok.
The Brenizer Method - Little Lady Little City
Depending on how many photos you have in your merge, and your computer's processing power it can take a little bit for Photoshop to put it all together. I recommend not doing anything on the computer while it is thinking. Once it has put everything together it should come out something like this. You can see that there are some missing areas, but for the most part all the important parts are there.
The Brenizer Method - Little Lady Little City
Select the crop tool and crop you picture so you do not have any empty spaces.
The Brenizer Method - Little Lady Little City
The Brenizer Method - Little Lady Little City
And BAM you have yourself one pretty great looking "large format" photo. Don't let all the steps scare you this is a pretty easy process that will give your photos a little something extra. 

I would love to see what you come up with! Leave me a link in the comments if you give it a try.

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20 comments :

  1. That's a really cool effect, especially the way you've caught the atmospheric skies! I don't have photoshop, but I'll have a look and see if GIMP can do it too.

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    1. Hopefully it can do something like this, because it is a lot of fun to do and the results are pretty amazing looking.

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  2. Huh! I've never considered stitching together a few photos to make something of a larger format, without having to make my boyfriend run way back to get more of the scenery in. I like that this still keeps you very much as the focal point in the image, and as Becky said, the addition of the atmosphere you get from having so much of the sky present is really lovely. I'm going to be doing some outfit photos this weekend (FINALLY. It's been ages) and I think I'll have to give this a shot!

    --Erin

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    1. I am such a fan of this technique, and pretty darn simple to do. Definitely share the link with me if you give it a try, I would love to see what you come up with!

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  3. this is a super cool idea! i love reading photoshop tips, keep em coming!

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  4. what a good idea, I did a few photo collages like his with printed out pictures in my teens but never really thought about doing it with digital, I will have to experiment!
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  5. Oh my gosh, I've never heard of this method, but now I'm super excited to try it! Thanks for the tutorial!

    ♥Brooke
    http://youreinbrookelynn.blogspot.com/

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  6. Love that you did this! Ryan Brenizer actually shot my best friend's wedding in New York a few years back and I've been Facebook stalking him since. He was such an awesome photographer!

    Steve and I do this quite often!

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    1. Oh wow, I'm jealous, I would love to see him in action. His work is absolutely stunning!

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  7. Love this, I am new to photography and need all the tips I can get! Please keep them coming!

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  8. Do you have someone take these for you, or use a tripod? I've done this before, but wasn't moving my whole body to take the photos. Just stayed in one place and pointed the camera in different directions. I ended up with some funky distortion when I stitched them together and tried to fix it with photoshop. Here is the link http://lostslipper.blogspot.com/2013/02/photomerge.html
    I definitely have to try this with people involved, thanks!

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    1. I had my husband take the ones with me in them. Your photos came out pretty great, thanks so much for sharing the link!

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  9. This is so cool! I really want to try this sometime! Thanks for the tips!

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  10. Oh, wow, thats a cool technique! I'll carefully read your advices once more and try it myself :))

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  11. This is such a great suggestion!!! I never thought about trying this until now!

    This Lovely Little Day

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  12. Great post dear! Thanks for sharing your tips :) xx

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  13. Wow..thats awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. oooouh! thanks for that tip :)

    have a nice day!
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  15. Ahhhh you clever lady! I always knew there was a way of doing this but never figured out what it was!

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