Ryan Brenizer‘s work was first introduced to me by a close friend (for those who know him, Andy P) and I’ve been a fan since. His site has entered into my daily site check rota. He has an obvious passion for photography but its more his thirst for ever evolving and developing his goody bag of techniques that i find most fascinating. From instantaneous flash, continuous video light or even iPhone right down to spotting strange, astray splashes of light in a parking lot, the way he has learned to observe his surrounding for light is admirable.
The Brenizer Technique has also been called a Bokeh Panorama or for short a “bokehrama”. This name gives away a little more on whats behind the technique.
So what is the Brenizer Technique ?
We know that as we get closer to our subject with a fixed focal length, they fill more of the frame, BUT, the closer we focus our lens, the shallower the depth of field becomes. Much like someone shooting a landscape may shoot many photos from a single vantage point and later stitch them to create a panorama, here we shoot many photos closer to our subject and later stitch them for form a wider image.
Since there is already many good tutorials and explanations online, one from Ryan himself here:
The Brenizer Method from B&H Photo Video on Vimeo.
And on his site:
Developing your own approach to shooting a Bokehrama
Like anything, getting comfortable with this new method involves practice, so practice we did. I enlisted some of my fellow photography loving friends as models and got shooting! Unfortunately its been so long since i shot these (and I’m away from my main PC) i cant recall what lens i used but I have since settled on the 85mm f/1.8 for most bokehrama attempts.