I’ve been playing around with colourising old black and white photographs using Photoshop. The technique is quite simple – if a little time consuming – and makes use of various blend modes to overlay colour on black and white while retaining the detail of the photograph.
Rather than trying to mimic a colour photo, the technique replicates the days when colour photos were simply black and white prints that had been hand coloured. Part of the fun is selecting the colours for clothes, backgrounds and the like. There is no reference colours so it’s all up to the imagination.
Below are a few examples of what can be done – using shots of various members of the family – well mainly me from many years ago.
Filters have been part of photography since, well, the start of photography. I remember using everything from vaseline smeared on glass to panty hose as a filter in the days of film. And with the switch to the digital world … Continue reading →
Ok, so I’ve got the luxury of time on my hands. And what better way to spend it than brushing up my PhotoShop skills and then boring everyone with the results.
In particular a process called “tilt shift” photography which makes a photo appear to be “model-like”. The purist approach to this involves special camera lenses and vast amounts of setup time. But good old PhotoShop can emulate the look with quite impressive results.
I’ve taken a shot of the local beach and had a wee play.