Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Brenizer Method.

In Wednesday morning's theory class, we learned how to use the Brenizer Method to create wide-angle photographs with the depth of field that is usually associated with either tilt-shift or telephoto lenses.

The method involved taking a series of shots, while keeping the film plane/sensor of the camera in the same place. 

First we focused on our subject, to make sure they would be sharp within the image, before switching to manual focus. A long focal length (preferably over 100mm) and a wide aperture (f/2.8 or wider) were used. 

Using this method reminded me of the joiners that we saw while studying Cubism. Making the image required taking several shots of the scene and then merging them together in Photoshop (we did this by using Lightroom's "merge to panorama in Photoshop" command). The difference here is that it looks like a straight image, as the eye sees it, as opposed to an image filled with different perspectives as you would get with a joiner. 

I was unsure about this method at first, but really came to like it - after realising that I had used it before without even knowing it!

I can definitely see myself using this again in future, a lot.

This method is particularly good when you need an image of great size and resolution.

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