Re: Need assistance in creating a particular style
I grab any fancy pants PS actions I can find and dissect them to see if someone is doing something cool that I don't know. It's really all very Borg.
My wife uses Boutwell's (Totally Rad) actions. This effect you speak of resembles one of those. If you use Rusty Cage, you can create that fuzzy, orange/red effect quite similar to some of those photos. It takes about 3 seconds, if you have slow fingers. I think Rusty Cage uses a duplicate Gaussian Blur layer blended with Multiply for its glow, creating a darker cast, a curves adjustment layer that bumps up the red and lowers the blue, a levels adjustment where the output levels are shifted, and a channel mixer w/monochrome checked where the blue/green are +25ish and red is +50ish. After all this, stamp visible and set blend to screen. Just like a cake recipe, adjust each adjustment layer until desired.
Take a photo shot at a wide aperture, toss Rusty cage on there, then some noise or a texture overlay, and halleluyah and amen. Tweak adjustment layers and call me in the morning.
But you are right about there being some funny business in the tones and contrast. Only...now... no one is laughing.