The Brenizer Method: How to Shoot Stunning Panoramic Portrait Photos

You’ve probably heard of the Brenizer Method a lot in the past few months. And in truth, it’s a super fun method that can give you results you couldn’t have made otherwise. At least, you could’ve have done these without a medium format camera, large format camera, or wider super-fast aperture lens. In this post, we’re going to dive into posts we’ve done on the Brenizer Method over our years of publishing. We’ll showcase photographers who’ve done it, how to do it, the history, and more.

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How to Do the Brenizer Method for Bokeh Panoramas

Ever been curious about the famed Brenzier Method? Give it a try today with this quick tutorial.

The Bokeh Panorama continues to be a popular technique for portrait and wedding photography for its unique and eye-catching look. It was popularized by acclaimed wedding photographer Ryan Brenzier and has since been called the Brenizer Method. If this is something you’ve been wanting to try for your next projects, we’ve found just the quick tutorial for you!

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New Functions. Improved Performance. Capture One 22 Review

Capture One is back with the newest rendition of their beloved editing software. Capture One 22 improves some of its best features and introduces several new functions photographers have been requesting. Real estate, landscape, and astrophotographers can now enjoy a powerful HDR merge function. The Panoramic Stitch feature resembles the Brenizer Method and makes it possible to create larger canvases in smaller spaces. Capture One Live adds collaboration tools, while the overall design prepares for the upcoming iPad version. Make sure you have plenty of hard drive space for these functions. You’ll see why.

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How This Photographer Made a Grid Portrait with Kodak Tri-X

Cameron Mosier painstakingly worked with Kodak Tri-X to create a beautiful portrait.

“I like the look of seeing the numbers from the film and the entire strip because it brings more depth to the image,” relates photographer Cameron Mosier about his unique portrait shot on film. “A fun thing about the image is the imperfections.” What Cameron tried isn’t new per se, but it’s always fun to see projects like this. They’re intensive and require the photographer to really think ahead to the production stage. The idea is similar to the Brenizer method, which applies this idea more to the digital world but also gets rid of the imperfections that make these photos really special.

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Getting the Look of Medium Format Using Smaller Sensor Cameras

Model: Bec Fordyce

Model: Bec Fordyce

Many photographers have long known about the panoramic stitch process; which in modern times been called the Brenizer Effect after photographer Ryan Brenizer’s use of it. Photographer Glyn Dewis recently shared a video on how to do it.

Essentially, what you’re doing is visualizing a scene in your head–so this first requires a specific creative vision. Then using a telephoto focal length (85mm lenses or their equivalents are recommended) you shoot little bits of the scene starting from the middle and going around. The important technical aspect here to remember is that your lens needs to have a very shallow depth of field, the exposure/white balance needs to stay constant, and your focus need to be locked in on your intended subject. Then you switch to manual focus to ensure that the lens doesn’t keep refocusing if you’re using an autofocus lens.

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The Panoramic Portraits of Anthony Chang

All the Memories I Have are Beautiful in my Mind

All images by Anthony Chang. Used with permission.

“There is one thing I like to do in particular with my photographs. I absolutely love the panoramic format, and by that I mean a wide crop. For a fair bit of my photos I do use what is often referred to as The Brenizer Method, or bokehrama as its also known as,” says photographer Anthony Chang about his panoramic portraits. “I take a photo of my subject then proceed to pan the camera all around the subject in order to capture the rest of the environment. Which in turn makes the photo look like it was shot with an unrealistically fast wide angle lens.” Essentially, he really loves bokeh.

But more than that, Anthony is quite skilled in creating scenes that actually can captivate someone.

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Review: Adobe Lightroom 6 / Adobe Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC logo

Since Adobe announced their movement to the Creative Cloud, many photographers were hoping that Adobe Lightroom didn’t make the move. Today, Adobe is giving consumers and professional photographers alike a new option. Photographers can either go for the new Adobe Lightroom 6 (most likely for the amateurs) or Adobe Lightroom CC (most likely for the working pros with a Creative Cloud account.) For the most part, they’re the same pieces of software.

Adobe’s Sharad Mangalick told us that both programs will receive updates at the same time when the patches and release candidates are available for download. New to Adobe Lightroom are four big features: enhanced performance for the editing of all RAW file types, a new filter brush that works in conjunction with gradients, HDR merge, Panoramic merge, and a couple of new additions for folks that make slideshows such as syncing to music and changing the pace of the image progression to the beat of the music.

All of these features are standard to Adobe Lightroom 6; and Adobe Lightroom CC’s major differences come with its integration with the Creative Cloud and with Lightroom Mobile for iPad and Android. Adobe Lightroom CC is also included in the Photography package for $9.99/month.

If you’re a landscape photographer, the upgrade to Lightroom 6 seems like a no brainer and if you’re a pro, the CC upgrade just makes so much sense.

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Mark Sapp’s Omni is Surreal Photo Creativity


All images by Mark Sapp. Used with permission.

Photographer Mark Joven Sapp is a photographer living in central Florida. He started as a photographer at Walt Disney World and then transitioned into shooting his own stuff on the side. For Mark, it was all about creativity and expression. “I’ve been shooting for about a year and a half now and my photography has let me travel some of the east coast as well as the midwest. My portfolio is broad in genre but I specialize in surreal photo manipulations.” says Mark about his work.

We were attracted to a specific project of his called Omni; which started partially due to a photography course that he’s taking. However, as Mark tells us, Phlearn’s Aaron Nace inspired him quite a bit.

Be sure to check out more of his work on FacebookFlickrTumblr, and Instagram.

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Photographer Sarah Loreth’s Fine Art Surreal Portraits

Sarah Loreth The Phoblographer Interview images (2 of 11)

All images by Sarah Loreth. Used with permission

We tend to interview lots of surreal portrait photographers here, but the work of Sarah Loreth particularly stands out for the sole reason that she puts in loads of effort to do everything in the camera. Of course, she wasn’t always that way.

Sarah was interviewed by us before about how travel photography and how she quit her job in the medical world to pursue her creative dreams. But what we weren’t aware of is that she does a lot more than just shoots beautiful landscapes. Sarah is also a heck of a portrait photographer with ideas fueled by her emotions and that use the areas that she travels to as her personal canvas.

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Buying a Medium Format Camera? This Is What You’re Diving Into

Those getting a Medium format camera will want to know precisely what they’re dealing with.

Photographers, as we know, are very used to what full-frame cameras can do. But they’re not so used to medium format because it’s not as common. A medium format camera is fundamentally a whole different ball game. For starters, you’re going up in pricing and quality. And a photographer will expect the absolute ultimate performance, but they also probably don’t know how to make the most of it. Medium format cameras traditionally were only used for weddings, documentary journalism, landscapes, and portraiture. In some ways today, that’s still the case, but it’s evolved.

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