How to do the "Brenizer Method" with Dogs
By now you've probably heard of Ryan Brenizer and his interesting portrait photography technique: The Brenizer Method. A friend of mine told me about this technique of shooting a panorama with people in the scene and later stitching it together with Photoshop. I was blown away and had to learn more. I also wanted to experiment and see how I could photograph my dogs with this method.
First, if you're not too familiar on how the Brenizer Method works, I've added a great video at the bottom of the post by the folks at FRAMED where Ryan goes over his technique. I also found this great article titled "5 Steps to Rock the Brenizer Method" by Danielle Ness in Digital Photography School, which offers some great tips for best results when using this method.
What I Learned in the Process
Probably the most important takeaway I got from taking these photos of Scout was to make sure I took the photo of him first. Even though he was amazingly patient and sat for me, he would get bored and move after a few seconds. So it was crucial for me to take the most important shot first, and then try to photograph as much of the surroundings as I could, while doing my best to avoid him being in the frame. This is why you don't see much of the foreground since he would start walking towards me after I'd taken the first shot.
The article from DPS mentions using a more linear or organized pattern when shooting, which would work very well for portraits of people. However, when photographing dogs, I think I prefer the method that Ryan talks about in the video below where he takes the main portrait first, and then moves on to fill the rest of the frame.
Hope you enjoy and please leave me a comment below with your thoughts!