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The Brenizer Method

Hi folks!

Been reading about photography lately and there's this method of photography called the Brenizer Method.

The idea is that you focus on and take photos of the subject and the surrounding area in parts, with the focus locked on the subject. Consequently, the photos are fixed up (if necessary) and then stitched in Photoshop (or equivalent software such as GIMP). The end result is a photo with the subject in sharp focus with other bits not so much or out of focus, yielding a high-def, crystal clear photo.

Some more info here:

http://blog.buiphotos.com/2009/07/the-brenizer-method-explained-with-directions/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F50dXkIe25c (2 parter)

Now I'm aware this requires more than just photo taking and will be a time consuming activity. In addition, we would require laptops and photo processing tools. If people would be keen though, we could have a long-ish session where we first take our photos and then get together later with a bunch of laptops and get to work on our photos!

Not your typical meetup but this method looks like fun and something worth trying out.

Potential outcomes:
1) Improve on your photography

2) Learn a new method of photography

3) Get a feel of post-processing photos - shooting in RAW highly recommended!

4) Fun and great photos!

UPDATE - 11 June 2013
I've found a free, simple and very easy to use photo stitching software called Microsoft ICE (sorry I'm a Windows user and not entirely sure if there is something free and equivalent for Mac and Linux users). This app be found at:
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice/

As for the date - thinking later this year (third-ish quarter) would be a good time, and location - to be confirmed. Will keep you all posted as more concrete plans surface :)

UPDATE - 25 June 2013

Here's some words of wisdom from the man himself!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vhvFK2n79kM

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  • Graham D.

    I had a good time and saw some things on Lightroom, ie the synchronize button.
    Also found the limits of my trusty old camera.
    The 50 buck 30 year old lens attached worked well however!

    1 · January 26, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      P.s. really like the silver pattern photo you've uploaded here

      January 27, 2014

    • Graham D.

      The lens worked fine, focusing without a split focus screen in the viewfinder can be a challenge. In the bright conditions I had to stop down a couple of times as I have a 1/4000 max shutter speed. A ND could of helped but i find these only useful when doing landscapes and have the time.

      January 27, 2014

  • T S.

    Was a very nice day, and learnt a lot! Thank you very much for organising this experience!

    1 · January 26, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      It was a pleasure to have you lot there and I'm glad people learnt something new and took away useful bits :)

      January 27, 2014

  • Kevin M.

    Ditto on Cameron's comments. Not sure what was going on with your MS ICE application, ran my images through it on my PC when I got home and it worked perfectly. Suspect I have a different version to what you were running as your screen layout was quite different to what I see. Tried both processing in LR first then running through ICE and processing the RAW files direct with ICE. Both methods worked fine. Left on automatic photo order and it had no problems resolving the final image even though I had used several different capture methods.

    1 · January 25, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks for the insight Kevin :)

      I figured out what the issue was - it was my mistake. The version wasn't the problem, it was the mode I was selecting (just tested).

      Instead of Panorama I had chosen Structured Panorama. Using Panorama, I'm getting results with the same photos I took that morning and they're good as gold.

      Sorry about that but at least now we know that the application DOES work as expected.

      If you folk have taken photos, encourage you to use it and share your outcomes :)

      January 26, 2014

  • Jeong M.

    I am really sorry. Tomorrow I have to work.

    January 24, 2014

  • Concept R.

    Howdy Shikhar. Did you settle on the Wintergarden Pavillion in the end?
    If not then might I suggest Byzantium Cafe.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Byzantium+Cafe,+Ponsonby+Road,+Auckland,+New+Zealand

    They are open early morning until 3-4pm. They have an upstairs area that is usually empty, has power outlets and they have free wifi (not to abuse though). Also they are pretty darn quick with the food and at a reasonable price (scrambled eggs on toast with coffee approx. $12)
    And the clincher could be that directly over the road is a park Western Park which could be a good spot for photos as it's got views to the harbour, sky tower and plenty of things in the park itself.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Western+Park,+Auckland,+New+Zealand

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • Concept R.

      Oh and there's usually free parking on weekends down behind the cafe on side roads.

      1 · January 24, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks for the input! Yes we are booked for the Wintergarden Pavilion already but I shall certainly add the location you've suggested to the list for future meetups. :)

      January 24, 2014

  • Liz R.

    Sorry I have to fall out, pity. Have a good time.

    January 23, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      That's unfortunate. Thanks though :)

      January 24, 2014

  • Betty H.

    Guess I would choose option 1 or 3, and bring a friend as well. Cheers.

    January 24, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks for the response Betty. Please be aware that costs will be split equally among all attendees.

      January 24, 2014

  • Trevor H.

    Sorry I can't make it now

    January 23, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      All good Trevor, see you next time :)

      January 23, 2014

  • Veronica M.

    So sorry I won't be able to make this, Shikar, but I've got so much work on, taking a day out just isn't possible. I am really looking forward to the results though.

    January 23, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      No worries Veronica, see you another time :)

      January 23, 2014

  • Shikhar B.

    I have found the Wintergarden Pavilion as a venue for this meetup. Venue hire cost works out to be $9.00 per person (latest with 50 people). In addition to this, I have been informed that we can get a lunch deal @ $15.00 per person (extra).

    The reason for bringing up the topic of food is that the venue is attached to a café and the kitchen is going to be open to us and other patrons - in short logistics/serving nightmare if each one of us starts ordering there.

    Please let me know what option you'd prefer ASAP:
    1) Venue hire only (BYO food/drink) = $9.00

    2) Venue hire + set menu food (Panini [Chicken/Ham/Veg] + Tea/Coffee) = $24.00 ($9.00 + $15.00)

    3) Venue hire + food from menu = $9.00 + cost of food option/s (state menu name (AllDay/Lunch) + food/drink choice/s)

    Menus:
    http://www.wintergardenpavilion.co.nz/pavilion_uploads/documents/WINTERGARDEN%20ALL%20DAY%20MENU.pdf
    http://www.wintergardenpavilion.co.nz/pavilion_uploads/documents/WINTERGARDEN%20LUNCH%20MENU.pdf

    1 · January 22, 2014

    • Jason R.

      not fussed either way. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

      1 · January 23, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks Jason. Look forward to meeting you as well :)

      January 23, 2014

  • Shikhar B.

    As an FYI to the options people are picking, I would like to let you know that if you go with option #3, there is a high likelihood of delay in being served (as it would be hard for them to take orders for 50 odd people + other patrons).

    In light of that if you would like to narrow down on something and let me know your choice by tomorrow, it would prove beneficial.

    If you choose to do so, you can email me on [masked].

    Another FYI: So far option #3 is coming out on top.

    January 23, 2014

  • James S.

    Hey great idea. I am always keen to learn new stuff. what lens are people using for this

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks James :)

      Ideally you want a lens that offers a low Depth of Field (DoF) - something between f/1.2-f/4 (not more than f/2.8 would be best).

      For this shoot, I'm intending on using the Nikon[masked]mm f/2.8 lens but then again, if you (or anyone is willing to share, I am) a 35mm, 50mm, 1xx even, it should work just fine - it basically comes down to the DoF.

      Of course, welcome to hear from other people. Out of curiosity, what camera do you have James?

      January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      A kit[masked] or whatever will do.

      January 22, 2014

  • Kararaina

    sorry I can't make that one. might organise one for Rotorua.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • John P.

    I'm sorry I can't make this. Best wishes for a great get together.

    January 17, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks John and no worries at all :)

      January 17, 2014

  • Christopher F.

    Due to state of health at the moment I have to pull out at this stage...

    January 17, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      Very well Chris! Hope you get well soon :)

      January 17, 2014

  • Shikhar B.

    I'm working on booking a place for the tutorial - not an easy task but getting there.

    As a heads up:
    - Location of this meetup could likely change
    - Hiring the place for the tutorial will involve a relatively minor cost to all attendees (assuming the costs are acceptable and location is available for hire)

    Questions:
    - Are people OK paying a small amount? - I cannot find a free space with projector and seating capacity for about 50 people (please inform me if you know of such a place)
    - Those who have RSVP'd YES to this meetup, are we 100% confirmed for attendance?

    January 17, 2014

  • Fiona

    sorry working that weekend, darn it

    January 13, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      Ah fair enough Fiona, hopefully next time! :)

      January 17, 2014

  • Shikhar B.

    What do people prefer?
    - Cock'n'Bull (think it's still called that?) in New Market - Khyber Pass road
    OR
    - BizDojo space on K'road

    Will book either of the two places depending on your responses, so would ideally need them soon :)

    January 8, 2014

  • Colin

    Love to go to this but there is an air show in Tauranga this same weekend

    January 8, 2014

    • Shikhar B.

      That's a shame but fair enough Colin. Can always update you at a later date and of course you can have a go at it yourself as well. Enjoy the air show! :)

      January 8, 2014

  • Andy

    Ahh - will be away at Kiwiburn for this. Looking forward to seeing the results.

    January 5, 2014

  • Shikhar B.

    So I've set a location and date/time for this meetup. Does this work for most people?

    This location is for taking photos. As for post-processing (stitching and all), perhaps could head to either BizDojo or what used to be Cock n Bull in New Market (can't recall the new name).

    January 5, 2014

  • Donna

    Everyone seems keen. It is a matter of when? maybe put some dates up and see?

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hi Donna and Joshua :)
      Yes it's just a matter of when now (and where I suppose). I'll update with a date closer this weekend.
      As for location - need somewhere colourful and varied (ideally).

      December 20, 2013

  • shaibal

    please let me know any coming meetup as i love photography

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    ok next year it will be for sure :)

    November 25, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Good morning folks! Now that I have returned from my hibernation mode, let's get this meetup sorted.

    I notice that many people are keen for this - how is everyone placed in the month of December?

    And on that note, do people want to do it this year or in Jan next year?

    November 25, 2013

    • Andy

      I would prefer next year Shikhar

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • Trevor H.

    May be next year in Jan this year has just about gone and holidays are coming up fast. See what everyone else thinks

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brenizer method is fun, easiest to shoot far away with a long lense so you dont end up with perspective errors.
    I've done a few with my 35mm prime where you end up with perspective errors on the foreground so it wont stitch together.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Ewen C.

    I'm keen subject to the final date and location.

    August 13, 2013

  • Caro

    sounds intriguing and takes photography to a whole new dimension. I'm in!

    July 23, 2013

  • Christopher F.

    This is a bit scary and beyond my comfort zone. Bring it on!

    July 16, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Also happy to pay the $10 if this is arranged.

    July 16, 2013

  • John P.

    I am happy to pay for this. Will the BizDojo session be a tutorial type of thing where we would find out how to take the pix and how to process them? That would be really good for people like me who know little about the method. Looking forward to it very much.

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hi John! The BizDojo session would be post taking photos where we'll be post-processing and stitching the photos together to make the final resulting images.

      In all honesty, the post-processing and stitching part of the photos is actually pretty straight-forward, but will certainly be covered so that everyone understands.

      We will be go over the photo taking part during the first practical half of the meetup where we'll actually take photos and share tips and ideas amongst us.

      I would also recommend going through the links posted in the description above.

      How much experience do you have with photography?

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • Gaby

    How about renting the BizDojo space for an afternoon. We could have a meeting room with projector. The link gives some info but not pricing on a one off, but we could phone or email to find out. If 20 people attending and each put 10$, it should be enough: http://www.bizdojo.com/#!/space

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hey Gaby! Thanks for the sharing this - looks really useful! Good find :)

      What are people's thoughts on this? Would you be willing to contribute? I think this would be perfect...

      July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, good idea!

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • chhan c.

    I'm interested, depending on location. haven't done anything like this before so looking forward to it..

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    I had a chat with the folk at Cornwall Park and the most beautiful trees that I'd have wanted to use as a backdrop aren't going to be blossoming till about September/October :(

    I'll go hunting for locations this weekend and see if I can find something :)

    M J Savage Memorial Park is still in the running so far!

    March 16, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Also, as for the date/time, how does weekend of April 27 sound? Depending on how people would like it, this might be a long meetup - this means we would spend time taking photos for a couple of hours tops and then head over to something like the Windsor Castle Bar at Parnell to sit together and work on our photos over drinks - just a thought but could work I reckon!

    March 13, 2013

    • Veronica M.

      There is also a zoo meetup with another group on the 28. And to be honest, doing an intensive shoot like this after the one on the beach the night before might be a bit much. Could I suggest the previous weekend? 20-21 looks clear in my calendar, though I don't have everything in it...

      March 14, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks for the suggestion Veronica. I think I shall make the portrait photography meetup the priority because the Brenizer method sort of builds on top of it.

      March 16, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Thanks for the suggestions Mayra and Alistair :)

    Cornwall Park seems like a dandy location. What are people's thoughts on this? Looks like a great place especially during a nice afternoon / early evening with the trees, walks and other variety of backgrounds?

    Also what would you all think if we had two meetups in the "same" general area i.e. Cornwall Park? - point being this meetup as a "follow on" from the Portrait photography meetup - but on different dates and at a different area within the park.

    March 13, 2013

  • Mayra M.

    the location could be M J Savage Memorial Park

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Alistair M.

    Cornwall Park perhaps

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Trevor H.

    I have heard of it don't know anything about it but will be fun too try with everyone

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Also, regarding the location - same thing, suggestions. This method is generally used with people as subjects but I'm sure we can use objects too. A park or beach could work. Mission Bay perhaps?

    March 12, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Thanks for the positive response on this everyone!

    Could people post some date/times when they'd be free? We'll then be able to narrow down on a date/time that suits most people (or even all).

    March 12, 2013

  • T S.

    Would definately be interested - just depends on what date is decided on.

    March 10, 2013

  • Altamash A.

    Love to do it, I have tried it previously but need to improve.

    March 9, 2013

  • Mayra M.

    very nice :-)

    March 9, 2013

  • Christopher F.

    Interesting...

    1 · March 9, 2013

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