I recently discovered a very interesting way of taking photos called a Brenizer method.
I really enjoy it and I think, if done well, it has got a lot of potential for some creative portraits or band promo photos. And so much more...
The method was concieved by a fantastic New York photographer Ryan Brenizer.
The idea itself is not so ground breaking as it is based on making panoramas, sticking a few shots together and getting some impressive results with no lens distortion. This obviously has been done for a while with landscape photography.
But what if you photograph a person? Now, it gets interesting here.
If you photograph a person at a very low aperture, say f/1.8, and then take some photos around them with the same aperture (remember to shoot those in manual focus so your lens doesn't AF), you get some amazing results with a fantastic, shallow depth of field. Sky is the limit.
You look at the final image and it seems the lens's aperture was something like f/0.4! Crazy! But, there are no such lenses!? Exactly so. That's why, it's such fun to experiment with this technique.
And if you need to print your photos for yourself or a client, in the best quality and whatever the size - the good news is that these Brenizer photos consisting sometimes of quite a few RAW files, can be printed on the side of a bus - so no sweat!
To join the photos and see the magic happen, just use the good old Photoshop (File > Automate > Photomerge) or one of many panorama stitching pieces of software such as Autopano Giga for example (it's really good, I'm told).
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
And make sure to check out Ryan Brenizer website for more info & amazing examples of this technique.