Some advise with Brenizer or Bokeh Panorama’s
Get very familiar with your manual camera settings. The key to getting these to work and to make the process of stitching the images simpler. Is having only one point of focus and one exposure setting through out all the images. Get this wrong and the stitch will not work.
I am going to add in at this point, that my Fujifilm XT2 has made this process so much easier because in encourages the user to shoot manually. Combined with back button focusing the process could not be simpler.
Shooting with a fast enough shutter speed. Don’t try and do this all organized on a tripod or ball head, it may work for static subjects. However if you have a subject that may get up and move, you need to be able to blitz through the pano quickly. So having a fast enough shutter speed to eliminate your camera movements as you sway through the scene helps a lot! Again stitching is going to be a mess, if you have blurry images.
I find it easier if you choose a focal length that includes your whole subject. Think of that image as a tight portrait and all the other images are creating the environment around it. By shooting this way, you will have that one frame that contains you whole animal. Should it move while you are still shooting the rest of the Brenizer, it dose not matter.
Shoot as shallow as you can. The whole point of this technique is to have a wide angle photograph with a very shallow depth of field, if you shooting wider than f/5.6, you might as well just get a wide angle lens out and save your self the hassle.
Get some matter in the way, because you are shooting with the intention of having a very shallow depth of field. This technique will be wasted if there is a clear back ground and boring foreground. Also to get that soft Bokeh, you need matter to blur. So get bushes in-front and behind you subject.
I have read that Lightroom and Photoshop, have exactly the same or very similar “engines” that process and stitch panorama’s. Well my personal experience is that stitching in Photoshop is a lot more accurate than in Lightroom. The only real issue (& its a biggy) is that you cannot save the file. hahaha, ok you can if it is below 2GB. If its larger than 2GB you will have to do it as a Large Format file or PSB, not a PSD … take note of this!
This is a 11 000 by 6200 pixel wide image, it has a similar feel to what a Medium format camera would produce. Shot on a FujiFilm XT2 camera with a 50-140mm f/2.8 lens
Hope it helps
I hope this helps and I really do hope that it may inspire your to try new things when out in the field. I suggest, starting with and easy one. The next time you are with a sleeping pride of lions and you have taken every possible photo, think about a panorama and then think about adding a layer above and below that.
FYI: just one more time. You really do need to read this post about shooting a classic telephoto panorama, before jumping into Brenizer’s – http://africaphotographicservices.com/telephoto-panoramas/