The Orton Effect was invented by photographer Michael Orton, who experimented by sandwiching two shots of the same subject, one with sharp detail and one blurred. This gives an image with a very atmospheric soft ‘glow’ but with sharp underlying detail. This can now be carried out digitally with a lot more control, and the result can be soft and dreamy or dark and surreal, … [Read more...] about Tool tips: Luminar Orton Effect filter
Soft focus effects are popular in portrait photography but they can also work well in landscapes and other kinds of imagery where you want to create a romantic, ethereal look.
There are many different ways of creating a soft focus look. In a regular image editor like Photoshop or Affinity Photo, you can combine a blurred image layer with the original using blend modes and layer opacity, for example, but if you're using all-in-one editing/effects programs like Luminar, ON1 Photo RAW or Alien Skin Exposure, you'll find soft focus tools built in.
Alternatively, you can use a plug-in suite like the DxO Nik Collection, which has a multitude of ways of adding a soft focus or glow effect to your pictures.
You normally associate soft focus effects with portraits, but they can work on all kinds of images, adding a romantic, dreamy feel to an everyday scene. Landscapes, for example, are often given a dramatic, brooding look when sometimes the emotion we feel is much lighter. Here's an example. This tree-lined avenue felt bright, airy and summery, but somehow the picture … [Read more...] about Try this soft focus effect on landscapes
Infra red photography creates an unusual and surreal view of the world that can also be very beautiful. You can do it in black and white or colour, but the techniques used today with digital cameras are rather different to those used with film. Infra red film photography is relatively straightforward – you simply use film sensitised to the infra red part of the spectrum. … [Read more...] about See the world in infra red
It's all very well giving advice about how to achieve certain effects using this software or that software, but it always strikes me that no-one ever talks about WHY you should use a particular effect with a particular subject. Books and magazines are very tied up with the mechanics of photography but rarely stray into the stuff that really matters – what we're trying to … [Read more...] about Budapest parliament
The Color Efex Pro Glamour Glow effect would normally be used on portraits, but I think it works rather well on other subjects too. It adds an ethereal glow to everyday subjects, gives colours a pure, rich depth and lets you shift the colour balance too. I'm going to use it on this autumn shot I took a couple of years back. I was really struck by the colours on a visit to an … [Read more...] about Give your landscapes a mystic glow with the Color Efex Pro Glamour Glow effect