Howdy, ladies and gentleman, please allow me to direct your attention to the center of the ring. Canon has just announced their newest camera – the Canon EOS 500d – Rebel T1i. You can find a full report on it from the website Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com).

And in other news, today I would like to introduce you to the orton effect. The orton effect is a photoshop technique that mimics orton photography (click here for the wikipedia definition). The technique (developed by photographer Michael Orton) is when you overlay two or more slides of the same subject but at very different exposure settings to create visual interest. Usually one slide is under exposed and the other is overexposed and blurry or soft focus.

To create this effect in photoshop, here are the steps:

  1. Open a file in photoshop.
  2. Make a duplicate layer (make sure the duplicate layer is on top).
  3. On the duplicate layer in the layers panel, click on the eyeball (so that the duplicate layer is invisible)
  4. Double click on the background layer so that it becomes a new layer (“layer 0”) that you can manipulate.
  5. Make sure the original layer is still highlighte and add a levels adjustment layer – (along the top menu in photoshop, click Layer/new adjustment layer/ levels).
  6. In the adjustment layer dialog box drag the center triangle to the left until the middle display reads “2.00” – (you should see the image get lighter)
  7. On the duplicate layer in the layers panel, click on the eyeball again (so that the duplicate layer is now visible)
  8. Apply a gausian blur to the duplicate layer, the radius should be approximately 5 to 15 pixels (settings can vary by image – you will need to play around with the settings)
  9. On the duplicate layer set the layer mode to multiply.
  10. If you want to adjust the density of the image, double click on the half black, half white circle on the adjustment layer and move the middle triangle around until you are happy.

You’ve done it. hope you enjoy the Orton effect.  For some samples of before and after, click here.

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