Has anyone heard of the Orton Effect?

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  1. Big Bully

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    I just learned a term in photography called the Orton Effect. Does anyone have any experience in it?
     
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    So basically what the Orton Effect does is make your object pop in your photo?
     
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    I've thought of it as a softening, romantic, maybe Victorian type effect. It's fairly easy to achieve. If you have photoshop, copy the background to a new layer, use guassian blur to soften, then change the transparency of the layer. Fun.

    Used here on the body of the bird- very lightly
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=111081

    Another implementation
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=112448

    And the most recent
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=120197

    AND in fact, the last link has the -real- instructions on how to accomplish the effect. Never mind my cheap-seat mods.
     
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    I applied the digital technique here to a photo I shot last week, using Photoshop. The effect softens detail while popping and saturating color. Here are my after and before photos.
     
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    I am shooting a roll of slide film now, and am definitely going to try this at least once
     
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    Hmm... wondering whether this would work with negative film. I'm going to have to look into it.
     
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    So what is it called when you melt two different pictures together to create one picture? Double exposing?
     
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    Sandwiching, actually.
     
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    Another Photoshop filter you could try is underpainting and using the same techniques.
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    Underpainting? What is that?
     
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    Alot of those affects that people are getting by either layering in photoshop, or sandwiching slides, looks a heck of alot like they used a softening filter.

    Pretty cool, mostly because you don't get as much of an effect from the filter unless you have strong light points. Where as with this other method, The Orton Effect, it seems even a photo with the most diffused light(like on a cloudy day) can be turned into a scene incorporating this effect.

    Thumbs up, especially with the photoshop. Having control over what area's of the "softened" layer to "soften" is a plus.
     

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