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Ryan Brenizer

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m19s
Language: english
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The Brenizer Method

Summary:

"Brenizer" should be a familiar name in the world of photography. It's a novel photo technique we've introduced in a previous video. Ryan Brenizer is the pioneer of this method and one of the most famous wedding photographers.
 
We met the New Yorker in Italy for an interview. Having started in journalism, he eventually found into photography and combined it with his passion for weddings.
 
He and his wife Tatiana are an experienced team. Ryan shares what's important to him in photography and what kind of response he tries to achieve.

Double Exposed

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Runtime - length of the film: 4m11s
Language: english
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A wedding photographer's life is never easy and since we are constantly confronted with a new situation, it is helpful to have something to ease the initial tension an ice breaker of sorts.

Having ..."been there ..done that", experienced wedding photographer Hendrik Niermann has a short film and technique that you can use to get started off on the right foot. This is something everybody can use and the applications are endless.

Some Tools for Romantic Looks

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Runtime - length of the film: 5m52s
Language: english
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The Brenizer Method

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The Wedding photographer is always looking for new and interesting ways to add dimension to their offerings. The typical approach is all well and good and is of course why we have wedding picture. Therefore it is always welcome a new trick or gimmick that will sell more photos.

The static bridal pair pictures can be improved upon with a little well...ambience. Hendrick Niermann is here to demonstrate just a few ways to do just that. With easily obtainable optic refraction tools that are less than one fourth the cost of a new lens you can add this "little something" .

A prism is a way of changing the light direction and controlled flare that will seem ambient and moody. We see in this demonstration how quickly this will spice up a picture. And that's not the only way of controlling the light. Another nifty gimmick at a minimum investment is using a simple biconvex lens,.. hand held.

Here besides a close focus macro effect you can also amplify the light effects to create a dreamy atmosphere that well.. is not really there.

It is all literally up to your imagination. So please tune-in and see how to expand your creative spirit.

The Brenizer Method

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Runtime - length of the film: 6m33s
Language: english
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Hendrick Niermann wants to share a quick technique tip that uses mixes shallow depth of field and panorama stitching..

Sounds weird? Not really. Hendrik first defines the problem: You want shallow depth for the great out of focus background effects, but you want to incorporate a wider frame to bring in more of the surroundings to accompany the subject; in this case a bridal pair.

So what to do? Here's a technique that lets you keep the shallow depth and it's ensuing "Bokeh" across a scene that would otherwise be rendered in greater focal depth. This is not just for wedding photographers you can use this technique for other subjects too. Be sure to tune in.

Separate Couples

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m56s
Language: english
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Mike larson from California brings variety into wedding photography.
He spatially separates couples with depth and detail, which may go back together as a diptych.

Larson utilises his surroundings to pose and compose his subjects, while never being shy to improvise.
This results in authentic pictures, that look just as fun as the shoot itself.

Diptychs and Triptychs

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m28s
Language: english
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Sometimes it takes more than a single photograph for a nice result, that's why Mike Larson deals with dip- and triptychs in today's shooting.

Combining two or more images that merge into a new entity is an alternative yet effective approach in photography. Larson gives advice on how to implement a couple shooting to achieve the desired picture. Vertical photos of different objects or people may then become a horizontal one, providing greater creative variety for the photographer.

Storytelling

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m50s
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A picture says more than a thousand words, and that is just what Mike Larson wants to adhere to.

Telling a proper story with a series of photographs requires to determine a theme as well as the right handling with the models on location. To plan and implement a shooting in a more unusual manner will result in images that stand out from the ordinary. Larson prefers a tilt-shift lens for this purpose, which lets him experiment with depth of field to deliberately stress certain areas of a picture.

Couples at Ease

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m13s
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In this “How To” tutorial, photographer Mike Larson gives us tips on the specifics of shooting couples in an atmosphere to make them feel comfortable to make the best possible outcome to make the models and therefore the shoot look most appealing. Larson explains that it is his job to put the model at ease and make them feel as most comfortable as possible. His approach is to get the models to feel at ease and relaxed as soon as possible. He gives multiple tips on how to go about working with the models as if they were friends and not just subjects. He also suggests being extremely prepared, but laid back so to create an amicable atmosphere.

Larson’s style is very practical, something most photographers can appreciate He gives a very comprehensive list of technical and creative aspects that will help photographers create their own shots while building confidence for the models. Moreover, photographers wishing to learn the rules of shooting couples so that the photos are useable will find this video very informative. The most important thing when shooting couples is the relationship between them and the personal relationship with your subject, especially the body language and interaction between them. Larson works with his models in a way that he puts them at ease so that everything they are doing feels comfortable. Intimate shots of a couple touching or tickling each other, or, even being very far away at times for that matter can be extremely difficult at times, especially if the couple feels that they are doing something unexpected. Keeping models relaxed is the key to perfect, professional results. Larson also points out how to solve simple problems that can arise on a portrait shooting, such as keeping both models animated and engaged so that they feel part of the shoot, all with a casual undertone.

To get updates on Mike Larson's work and tips, visit his twitter page at mikelarsoninc.

Shooting with a Different Perspective

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m12s
Language: english
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Summary:

In this “How To” tutorial, photographer Mike Larson gives us tips on the specifics of shooting in different perspectives to make the best possible outcome to make the model look most appealing.

This time Larson has chosen a boat as his location while uses a tilt shift lens to isolate specific parts of the model and the surrounding atmosphere. Larson gives a helpful and accurate account of all technical aspects used so photographers can recreate a professional shooting in their own environment. Key once again is Larson's perfect direction of the models to ensure the best possible outcome. What is of particular note is the usage of composition and framing and flexibility when it comes to changing perspectives. Such simple things available on location such as doorframes and nearby objects enhance the shoot immensely. Larson continues to use sun bouncers to give the most dynamic light available producing spectacular professional resultsPaying close attention to light and their results is key to Larson's approach, while shooting on one location getting four or five different looks.

To get updates on Mike Larson's work and tips, visit his twitter page at mikelarsoninc.

Lifestyle vs Portraits

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m51s
Language: english
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There are photographers who know the difference between lifestyle and portrait photography, but there are also those who really don’t know or “see” the difference, regardless how many photos they take. In this video, Mike Larson explains the difference between the two styles, shooting a couple with a fun, fresh and modern approach.

Portrait photography is when the subject is posing for the photographer in some way and Lifestyle photography is all about capturing “life” as it is happening, regular interactions, moments that memories are made of and the story they tell. Larson’s style is very practical, something most photographers can appreciate. Moreover, photographers wishing to learn the rules of shooting couples so that the photos are useable will find this video very informative. The most important thing when shooting portraits, especially those of a couple, is the body language and interaction between them. Larson works with his models in a way that he puts them at ease so that everything they are doing feels comfortable. Intimate shots of a couple cuddling or kissing, or being very close for that matter can be extremely difficult at times, especially if the couple feels that they are doing something awkward. Keeping models relaxed is the key to perfect, professional results. Larson also points out how to solve simple problems that can arise on a portrait shooting, such as keeping both models on the same focal plane and body positioning that will help for better posture or to elongate a model’s neck.

Larson’s approach to lifestyle photography is somewhat generous, but highly effective in that he prefers to shoot a great number of photos as the action is taking place, and since he always gives the couple a certain idea or exciting scenario to work on before shooting, he is guaranteed a winning shot out of the many variations from the images. Whether you are shooting a couple or one model, this video will definitely help you create your best portrait or lifestyle shot.