Take another look at the above image. Then, carefully inspect other nature images across the web. Take a look at your favorite photographers’ Instagram pages, as well as anywhere else you view images. See it now? All over the place? While there are varying degrees in which photographers are utilizing the Orton Effect, it is prevalent in many many nature images. The Effect will be very easy to spot in some photographs, and a bit less obvious in others.
It’s prevalent for good reason – the dreamy glow really makes images stand out above others! And in a world saturated with photos, and the use of filters and presets (think Instagram), making yours stand above others is important, even if (nearly) everyone is doing it. So, should I just apply it to all of my nature images? It looks super cool, and would instantly create a definitive style.
Not so fast, my friend!! As with just about everything, there are some things to consider before you simply apply the effect to every photograph in your portfolio. While the effect can enhance your photos, it has the potential to do the opposite if applied to all images as it is not right in every instance. For example, if you have a scene with flat front light, you’d create a continuity problem by adding dreamy light. Where did it come from?