This has been a favorite method of mine for a while now. It started off as a necessity because I didn’t own a wide angle when I started taking pics, and turned into a unique way of doing things. So what exactly is the Brenizier method? Its a wide angle image, but done with a telephoto lens. This does two things. Gives you a shallow depth of field, unobtainable with a standard wide angle lens, and generates some massive image sizes. Here’s a shot I did using this method:
Now you’ll notice, there’s a nice separation between foreground and background. I think that’s why I like it so much. Its very dramatic! So the next question is, how do we do it? To start youll need a telephoto lens, (something in the focal range of 50mm or higher). Then set your camera on manual mode, and manual focus. Id advise setting a large aperture, f1.8 or the like. Then click away! I usually take a picture of my hand (black image) before and after starting so I know which images were a part of which sequence.
Heres the basic idea. Usually I end up with about 40 shots for a large image but for the sake of demonstration well say 10 on this one. I always make sure to overlap a good bit. Better to get too much information than not enough!
Now lets plug our images into photoshop, it will automatically combine them all for you! Depending on your computer, you might want to shoot in a low resolution JPEG format if you have a slow computer.
Once you have your files loaded, there are a few options to sort out. If your lens, like most primes shot wide open, has vignetting, definitely check the remove vignetting box. Ive had ok luck with the content aware filling but for the most part I just leave it off. Once youve set your settings, click ok!
After its done, which will probably take a while. It will come up with something like this. Itll take some cropping to make a square image, but if you did it right, you should have plenty of margin to work with. With a little work you can then end up with some massive and incredibly detailed images!
This one, finished produced an image 14,000×6000 pixels in size. The amount of detail in every part of the image is just mindblowing.
18 images joined together at Tent Rocks, NM
Superior Falls in Michigan.
Petit LeMans in Atlanta
Thanks for reading and be sure to post any questions in the comments below!
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