I typically capture anywhere from 9-15 images for my panoramas and stitch them together in Lightroom, though you can use however many photos you wish. Photographers usually use this method to achieve a “medium format look” with a full-frame camera, meaning you get a broader image with much more depth than you usually would. Instead of using a full-frame camera, I used my Mamiya 645AFD + 80mm f/2.8 lens. This excellent medium format film camera means the final stitched image will probably have a crazy amount of depth, maybe even similar to a “large format” image.
The tricky metier with Brenizer portraits is when I create them digitally, I typically use the back button to focus on the first image and then keep that locked focus for the remaining photos. However, my Mamiya doesn’t have a back button focus. Instead, I’ll half-press the shutter to focus for the first image, take that image, switch to manual focus, and then take the remaining photos—super hoping this actually turns out.
(pssssst… I tried this same technique with an ENTIRE roll of film. Watch how I did it here!)