The Orton Effect (Three Photographs)

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Michael Orton is famous for a photographic effect first perfected for film and now translated to digital that gives a soft glow to photographs. Here is the Photoshop recipe I followed: DPREVIEW: Orton Effect. Note that in the comments on DPreview, some found this version of the Orton effect not quite what they expected. The three photographs are processed using this technique. Unfortunately in the last photo the result is indistinguishable from the one done with Nik or Intensity Pro. When you move from an editing program using a wide color gamut (e.g. using more colors) to the standard for the web SRGB some of the effect is lost that might still show in a print. The other shots do show the “glow effect”, it’s subtle and in my books worth trying. Not every photo will work but some will. Have a look at Michael Orton’s website (Michael Orton) he has used his technique quite creatively. Techniques like these are used all the time to greater or lesser degree by fine art professionals, and as you can guess there is more than one recipe for this effect.

The Orton Effect-4

The Orton Effect


12 responses

  1. lovely post, thank you


    June 21, 2016 at 1:09 am

  2. Wow! Wonderful!! This is really professional!


    June 21, 2016 at 7:17 am

  3. I love that effect. Been a while since I used it.

    Liked by 1 person

    June 21, 2016 at 7:23 am

  4. I’ve been doing this for some time. It’s nice to know there’s an official name for it.

    Liked by 1 person

    June 21, 2016 at 8:46 am

  5. loravenkova13



    June 21, 2016 at 4:29 pm

  6. Very interesting process, Victor. And great results!


    June 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm

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