The Orton Effect is a common technique used on landscape photos that can lend your images a soothing, ethereal glow that can be a great choice for projecting a certain mood. This excellent video tutorial will show you how you can use Photoshop to add the effect to your own landscape images.
Coming to you from Mark Denney, this great video tutorial will show you how to add the Orton Effect to your landscape images. The effect was developed by Michael Orton back in the 1980s as a way to emulate a watercolor painting in images. To do this, Orton would stack two transparencies of the same composition, one in focus and overexposed, and the other quite out of focus and also overexposed. This resulted in a fascinating mix of both high and low levels of detail that certainly evoked a painterly quality. Of course, this sort of effect is not always appropriate, and it can be really easy to go overboard with it, so be sure to go with a subtle touch. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Denney.
And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi."