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RAINER1
1376 days ago
 
B&W to Color

Can an old black and white photo be colored with the filters as done in the artical by (Photojojo)?

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tjfbryant
1375 days ago
 
I don't believe so. I believe the Image needs to have original RGB properties to work. a B and W does not.
I have to paint by hand the image itself.
I use GIMP 2
Capturing.... outside the box
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ben-s
1374 days ago
 
You can't automatically convert a mono image to colour, but you can hand colour it, as tjfbryant suggested.

In the days of black and white prints, hand colouring was done on the print itself, typically using water based dyes.
You can do it in most image editing software.

EDIT: if you're referring to the "epic color mashup" article, then you could scan in a series of mono negs or prints and do the process detailed in the article on them, but the background wouldn't be in colour.
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tufteach
1374 days ago
 
I have "colorized" several old B&W images in photoshop. You can search for a tutorial for whatever software you are using. Here are examples... The originals were taken  over 6o and 80 years ago.
http://forum.photojojo.com/img/posted/img4d33b48460dcd.jpg?url=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3235/2970470316_4456017deb.jpg
Retouched Mom and Dad by tufteach, on Flickr



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Great Beyo
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637 days ago
 
I found a book at the library the other day that talked of colorizing photos by hand, using Marshell's Photo Oils - transparent paint for just this purpose. I've got three done so far, and I'm going to try a few more as soon as work calms down a touch. Here's the first one:

http://forum.photojojo.com/img/posted/img50ff448e6e258.jpg?url=http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8406045157_1ff50957f4_m.jpg
Day 360/365 - Colorized Christmas Market by Great Beyond, on Flickr



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superdewa
637 days ago
 
Cool, Geat Beyond!

I've noticed that http://www.freestylephoto.biz/ has bunch of info on and materials for hand coloring photos.


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Great Beyo
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636 days ago
 
Interesting  - I'll have to poke around their page a bit and see if I can come up with details.

I wound up getting my materials from these guys: http://www.dickblick.com/products/marshalls-photo-oils/ - they had a full hobby set on sale from Christmas, so I took the plunge. Here's today's picture:

http://forum.photojojo.com/img/posted/img5100d494c2a48.jpg?url=http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8409189699_cda015dd54_m.jpg
Day 361/365 - Colorized Lady by Great Beyond, on Flickr

The colors are all over the place and not very realistic - but I still think it looks pretty cool.



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superdewa
634 days ago
 
I like the artsy unrealistic look with these. I think you've got something here.


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Great Beyo
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631 days ago
 
Here we go, the last of my 365, 2012 edition and the last of my hand tinted photos!

http://forum.photojojo.com/img/posted/img51072f4d39ac6.jpg?url=http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8369/8424742789_36aa8fac50_m.jpg
Day 366/365 - Colorized New Years by Great Beyond, on Flickr

It's a little heavy handed because this was the very first one I did of the batch and I had no idea how to control the oils. While I still don't (and I need to get another batch to try sometime soon here), I did get better as time rolled on. Also, a night shot is WAY tougher than a day shot. Much harder to keep in the lines.



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Great Beyo
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631 days ago
 
So Tuff just asked this over on flicker, and I thought it was worthy of repeating here:

Tony, what size photos do you use? I'm thinking of doing this. I really like your results. Any good pointers?

think I printed them at 8x5? That sounds right. I wanted something large enough that I could work with, but not too overwhelming. As far as pointers, I've only done the three, so I'm still feeling my way around - but here's what I would do differently next time.

* No night shots
Perhaps later, but two of the three I did were night (figuring that I would have less to worry about coloring), but staying in the lines is tough and the color doesn't look as good on black as I'd like.

* Less is more
When I started out (with this one), I was using a really heavy hand. By the time I got to the third one, I was still using way too heavy a hand, but I had gotten better. So whatever you think you should be applying? That's probably twice as much as you need to.

* Don't get hung up on perfection.
I got about half way through this one, looked at the big thick strokes of purple, and my heart just went out of it. This was not turning out as I'd hoped, I thought. Putting it aside and working on the Pike Place Market one - well, it turned out better, but not quite right. By the time I got to the third one, I had reached my zen point of "Ah, who cares - just go for broke".

While it was nowhere realistic, I liked it better than the other two. Then I came back to this one and just threw abandon to the wind - and I felt much better about doing it.

* Simple pictures!
I think next time I'll do really simple shots, portraits against a plain wall, landscapes with lots of blue water, green trees and blue sky. Something like the University Village (the one with the lady in the day) was too busy, too many details to worry about.

* Get everything ready BEFORE you paint
So I went into this first batch half assed. The toothpicks with cotton on the end that I used for applying the paints? I didn't have nearly enough before hand, and so I'm having to roll them on the fly, paint all over my fingers. Next time I'm having dozens ready before I apply paint one!

* Remember the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson
"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst". While I'm still a rank novice, I can tell that the only way to get better is practice, practice, practice. And more practice. It's gonna be a long road to mastery, so I'm going to try and not be too self-critical of anything.



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Great Beyo
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631 days ago
 
Also, here's a couple of links I found of tutorials and examples on youtube:

* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY6gBVskmuo

* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRgP15qLciU

* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZwAmwKCSlg

* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDyqmUKjNdg



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superdewa
631 days ago
 
Thanks, GB!

What's next? You always come up with interesting projects.


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Great Beyo
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630 days ago
 
What's next? No idea - although I'd like to try my hand at colorization a bit more. But I never set out to go "Oh, I should do this!" - it's always stuff that I happen to fall into, like this random book at the library. I might have to go back and check out that book again, since I pretty much stopped at Chapter One (the hand tinting section) and see if there's anything else to do.



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superdewa
629 days ago
 
I've always wondered why you don't develop your own black & white film (to scan yourself -- no need for a darkroom). I haven't fully gotten there myself yet, but it seems to me like something you would enjoy. This is the tutorial I've been using. I stopped at getting my film wound onto the spools and into the tank and haven't gone further -- yet.

http://www.rocktheshotforum.com/2012/06 … -own-film/


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Great Beyo
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629 days ago
 
Pretty much it boils down to being deathly afraid of screwing something up and blowing not just a roll of film, an entire roll of pictures. I find the piece of mind of handing it to a man who puts it in a machine soothing. Besides, I've been shooting E6, which I hear is a royal pain to develop by hand.



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benikesh
621 days ago
 
[img]Uh oh - This isn't a proper image link  : https://www.dropbox.com/s/ujfdagszj4rxq … 0chalk.jpg[/img], [img], https://www.dropbox.com/s/yiod6bpxvbkq58y/brass.jpg

not photography for a long time, but this is something I can still do.
Have been following and enjoying you all.
never lose your despair
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