She's On My Side :: Brenizer method

She's On My Side by OldScratchedVinyl
She's On My Side, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.

There's a lot of things I would say about this post and how I feel looking at it but today I am gonna keep it kind of "technical". This one goes out to all the point and shooters out there, respect.

If you look closely at the photo, remember you can click on it to see a hi-res version on Flickr, you might realise that it has a je ne sais quoi, pardon my french, about it going on. The background is blurry but in a weird way, the subject is in focus but... she kind of pops, a bit more than usual. Well, this is because I used a technique called the Brenizer method which basically consists in making a shot in a panorama fashion.

What happens is that instead of getting a huge image where you get the whole landscape or cityscape or whatever you usually use panoramas for you are going to overlap these photos over each other, This bokeh, the blurriness in photos, that people like so much usually can't be achieved with a point and shoot and instagrammers fake it with a blur tool but doing that always looks like shit in my opinion. For getting a nice bokeh you need mostly two things, a lens that is not too wide and a big sensor. This technique can be utilised in various forms because of this, shooting on a fixed focus, speed and aperture and overlapping the photos instead of just stitching parts, we create a virtual huge sensor. This could make your point and shoot have some bokeh, but it makes a nice sized sensor camera with a nice prime lens of 1.8, 1.4 or even less and a 70-90mm just go that extra yard.

Comparing the images of a normal photo of this against the "panorama" you can see the difference of one looking "flat" in comparison. Unfortunately, poor hindsight, made me forget about taking a comparable shot so I might do that with another photo like this later on.

This shot was composed of 109 photos overlapped and then cropped. Usually around 50 shots would do but you can get nice effects with way less. It's all about trying and experimenting with this one.

I hope you like the picture, and if you enjoy this kind of "tutorials" or explanations or whatever they are about photography let me know and I might do some more in the future. Honestly if I were you I wouldn't trust me, because I'm no photographic expert or nothing but I do my research and go out and try shit out and based on that experience is what I comment. Thanks for reading.

-R