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    9 creative photo ideas to try in March

    | Photography Tips | 01/03/2014 00:01am
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    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 06 Use the Orton Effect

    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 06 Use the Orton Effect

    The Orton Effect was conceived by Canadian photographer Michael Orton in the days of film.

    While attempting to give his photos the look of watercolours, he struck on the idea of putting transparencies together – one in which the scene was sharp, another in which the same scene was out of focus and over-exposed.

    The result is an image that holds detail, but has an overall hazy glow.

    It’s a technique that’s pretty straightforward to achieve digitally, as you only need one sharp image.

    By duplicating this, blurring it and blending it with the original, you can create a painterly image.

    It can be more fun to recreate the Orton Effect in-camera, although you’ll need to use a camera that offers a multiple-exposure function, such as the Nikon D7100 or the Canon 6D.

    Landscapes, portraits and close-ups work well with this technique, as Ray Bulson’s shot of chocolate lilies in Alaska shows.

    “The effect was created in Photoshop after focus-stacking 18 images to create the sharp version,” he reveals.

    SEE MORE: Orton Effect – try this quick soft-focus Photoshop trick

    Get started today…
    * If you plan on trying this technique in-camera, use a tripod to ensure there’s no movement.
    * To recreate the effect digitally, open a sharp image in Photoshop, duplicate the background to create a new layer and use the Gaussian Blur filter to soften it. Blend this with the original image using the Multiply blending mode.

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    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 02 Shoot portraits with props
    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 03 Shoot outdoor art
    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 04 Give slides a new lease on life
    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 05 Shoot with a ring flash
    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 06 Use the Orton Effect
    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 07 Shoot a rainbow
    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 08 Shoot a multiple exposure landscape
    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 09 Shoot a vertical panorama

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