Orton Effect

May 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Throughout different photography websites and forums, there seems to be a bit of a resurgence of the Orton Effect application to photos.  Popular in the film days, the Orton Effect was achieved by taking two photographs (with slide film) - one exposed normally and one slightly overexposed and defocused.  The two slides are then sandwiched together, and a photograph is produced using the combination of the two slides.


With digital post-productions options available today, there are many ways to simulate the Orton Effect.  Here are some photographs from Magnolia Gardens in Charleston I came up with using a Preset I obtained for Lightroom.  I had to slightly fiddle with each photograph to achieve the effect.  I still need to play around with the various adjustments - I can see it being a fun way to display some landscape photographs:



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