The Brenizer Method

Ever heard of the Brenizer method? Photographer Ryan Brenizer developed it, and lucky him it gets to have his name attached to it forever. It’s fairly straightforward, and it goes like this. You want to make a wide angle view of a scene, but you want it to have the shallow depth of field of a telephoto shot with a wide aperture. What do you do? Simple: you shoot several exposures of the scene with a long lens and wide aperture to get the shallow DOF you need, and then you stitch them together to create the wide angle. It’s one of those things that’s optically impossible, but photographically beautiful. Why didn’t I think of that? Then it could have been named after me instead.

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