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Steven Hight ADMIN February 9, 2013
The Brenizer method consists of stitching lots of pictures with shallow depth of field to create the impression of medium format or large format photography. The method is widely known by the work of Ryan Brenizer, a talented NY based wedding photographer.

Group Description

Exploring the possibilities of a photo manipulation technique, often called "Bokeh panorama" and made popular by New York photographer Ryan Brenizer. He has written a tutorial here. A newer one on Photojojo is here.

If you're familiar with taking free-handed panoramas, then simply apply the techniques you already know with the use of a fast tele lens such as an 85 f/1.4. Stitching is done with software of your choice Photoshop, Microsoft ICE, Autostitch, AutoPano Pro or Hugin. There is a forum on here about the different programs you can use and what people have found to work nicely.


1. Only Brenizer Method (bokeh) panoramas. Emphasis on heavy blurred areas contrasted by sharply focused areas.
2. NO ADDED BLURRING, blurring must be from camera/lens only
3. Tag or describe your photo as either "Brenizer method" or "bokeh panorama".
4. If you can, please put the number of shots into the tags or description. MINIMUM of 6 merged photos.
5. No Close-up or macro shots.
6. Watermark names must be very subtle, let's keep our photos authentic looking while protecting our copyrights.

It is NOT a Brenizer image when:
1. Everything is in focus or there isn't strong enough bokeh (out of focus).
2. There is no information on the image. No tags, no description, nothing to indicate it's a Brenizer image.

All submissions must be approved by a moderator. The moderators reserve the right to deny any image acceptance into the pool should it not apply to the rules, appear to not have an emphasis on limited depth of field, or be strongly lacking in quality (out of focus issues, etc). This means if it looks like a panorama with a large depth of field, it will be denied even if it follows all the rules above. We're not snobs, we just want to make sure that this is a pool of great examples of the technique to view and learn from.

Group Rules

1. Only panoramic composites.
2. 6 or more photos used.
3. Narrow depth of field.
4. No macro shots.
5. No added blurring, blur must be from the camera and lens

Please add to tags or description either "Brenizer Method" or "Bokeh Panorama" so that we know it was made with this technique. Include the number of shots in the description or in the tags. Minimum of 6 photos merged. No added blurring, blur must be from the camera and lens.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 2 things to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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