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Orton Technique

The Orton Technique is an effect pioneered back in the days of film by Michael Orton. It is a method of blending two different images of the same scene, one of them usually being slightly defocussed. The result is a surreal dreamy effect that can add considerable atmosphere to a wide range of subjects. Some of the subjects we have used it with include portraits, macro and selective landscape work. It is a technique that can be applied to digital images by duplicating the original and adding a light gaussian blur to the duplicate. The beauty of digitally applying the effect is that the amount of blur can be controlled easily – once the desired effect has been achieved the result can be saved. If the effect needs to be modified simply return to the originals and try again.