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vvcarpio Dec 26, 2009 10:59 AM

Slave Flash and Orton Effect
 
I was testing out my new flash's (Metz 48 AF-1) remote slave function yesterday. I had the flash pointing upward with a Lumiquest Pocket Bouncer attached. I thought it came out too dark so I applied some Orton Effect. Earlier today, I did some more tests and I think for my setup with the Lumiquest, setting the flash compensation on my camera to +1 produced better lighting.

I used Gaussian blur to soften the flash's glare on my daughter's forehead and my son's nose and lips. C&C appreciated. Thanks!

http://i48.tinypic.com/33pd8ck.jpg

kazuya Dec 26, 2009 1:12 PM

i like it, i think all i would do is darken the background at the top or even just crop it out

Bynx Dec 26, 2009 1:28 PM

That is one nice shot. I tend to agree with kazuya and suggest you crop off the visible background. Well done. Your orton effect is just enough and no too much.

vvcarpio Dec 27, 2009 9:26 PM

Thanks a lot, kazuya and Bynx! I darkened the spot and also cropped the picture. I appreciate your taking the time to comment and suggest improvments. :)

http://i49.tinypic.com/2mhh9n9.jpg

Bynx Dec 27, 2009 9:33 PM

Very nice. Good job VV

simple Dec 31, 2009 1:10 AM

the seconfd addition does look better ..... a good shot and use of the orton

Walter_S Dec 31, 2009 10:00 AM

Very nice take! The effect is very good in this darkish setting.
:)

vvcarpio Dec 31, 2009 10:39 AM

Thanks, simple and Walter!

Yes, Walter, it looks darkish. But the house was actually bright as day when I took it. I was fiddling with my new flash not knowing how to set it properly. Thanks to my goofiness with new technology without it I would not have known about this neat flash-photography technique! :)

littlejohn Dec 31, 2009 11:33 AM

I like it!!!

can you explain what the Orton effect is????

Hards80 Dec 31, 2009 11:40 AM

i like the lighting and the softness. the crop helps out alot. well done.

vvcarpio Dec 31, 2009 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by littlejohn (Post 1033408)
I like it!!!

can you explain what the Orton effect is????

Thanks, littlejohn!

Just in case I misled anyone into thinking that Orton effect is achieved via flash-photography, it's actually done in post-processing. I'm not sure how Dwayne Oakes and the others do it, but the instructions I follow is here:

http://pcin.net/update/2006/11/01/th...p-of-the-week/

I use PSE so this is very easy for me to follow. I'm new to layers and blending modes so I don't really understand (yet) what I'm doing. I suppose if your photo-editing software supports layers and blending modes, you should be able to do it, too.

As I understand it, Orton is a photographer who pionered the effect using slide film, sort of like combining a clear shot with an out-of-focus shot, so it's named after him.

vvcarpio Dec 31, 2009 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hards80 (Post 1033414)
i like the lighting and the softness. the crop helps out alot. well done.

Thanks, Hards80!

Alasdair Jan 2, 2010 11:00 AM

vv you are really getting a hang of orton-effect for portaits. After the cropping the picture has become very pleasant to look at. Well done.

Ordo Jan 2, 2010 11:59 AM

I don't want to push JimC but in his place, I would rename the HDR forum: HDR / Orton Effect.
This is kind of an addictive effect.

vvcarpio Jan 3, 2010 8:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alasdair (Post 1034482)
vv you are really getting a hang of orton-effect for portaits. After the cropping the picture has become very pleasant to look at. Well done.

Thank you, Alasdair!

vvcarpio Jan 31, 2010 8:20 AM

Thanks a lot, valen.rossa!

toshi43 Feb 25, 2010 4:06 PM

That's a stunning picture. I don't know much, well, anything about the Orton Effect, but whatever it is, you sure used it to full effect. I'm in awe...:love3:

tikamidnight Feb 25, 2010 4:28 PM

Very nice shot. The crop makes alot of difference. I might have darkened the bottom left corner where you see her shoulder design on her shirt, but still a fantastic shot.

Eetu Feb 25, 2010 4:54 PM

vvcarpio, Well done!!! I really liked what you did with the lighting/flash. Nice composition. Frankly, you could do more with this... I mean, more pictures... the young lady in the photo would make a perfect subject... but your use of flash, this is absolutely spot on!!! Really looking forward to seeing more... and it would be good to know how achieved this... camera info and all.

Take care.

Ned

Eetu Feb 25, 2010 4:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vvcarpio (Post 1031940)
Thanks a lot, kazuya and Bynx! I darkened the spot and also cropped the picture. I appreciate your taking the time to comment and suggest improvments.

Wow, even better... good work on the crop... kazuya and Bynx were really on target with their suggestions... This is great work, vvcarpio... I am happy for you and hope you will do more. Thanks for sharing... including this recent crop.

All the best.

Ned

vvcarpio Feb 25, 2010 10:54 PM

Thanks a lot, Ned!

jgredline Feb 28, 2010 10:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vvcarpio (Post 1031940)
Thanks a lot, kazuya and Bynx! I darkened the spot and also cropped the picture. I appreciate your taking the time to comment and suggest improvments. :)

http://i49.tinypic.com/2mhh9n9.jpg

Simply fantastic. I would print it and hang it. :)

vvcarpio Mar 11, 2010 11:58 AM

Thanks, jgredline!


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