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Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Old 07-01-2016   #1
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Who else is into it? Here is Frances's latest series: http://rogerandfrances.eu/galleries/cars-as-ruins

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Roger, it is very much on my list - but not yet. Love to look at them though.
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Roger, it is very much on my list - but not yet. Love to look at them though.
Thanks. I've just rebalanced the colour on several of them as I didn't like it very well. First time I've used my copying stand in years!

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I want to try it periodically, but after looking at the pictures on the link, I don't think I could do it this good!
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I still have some Johnson's inks which used to work quite well. As a student on loan to an Ad agency I leant to colour up b/w prints using those big Magic Markers that came as a dumpy glass bottle with a lump of felt in it. I think it is an intriguing process and of course as old as photography itself.

Paper surface is very important of course...and I'm talking about wet prints.
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I want to try it periodically, but after looking at the pictures on the link, I don't think I could do it this good!
It's easier than you think!

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I still have some Johnson's inks which used to work quite well. As a student on loan to an Ad agency I leant to colour up b/w prints using those big Magic Markers that came as a dumpy glass bottle with a lump of felt in it. I think it is an intriguing process and of course as old as photography itself.

Paper surface is very important of course...and I'm talking about wet prints.
Ilford Art 300!

Marshall's also do (or did) a canvas inkjet material designed for hand colouring.

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I'm a fan of faux hand coloring in digital, but I haven't tried doing it for real in decades.
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You can get into a real mess if you dye the prints first!
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Who else is into it? Here is Frances's latest series: http://rogerandfrances.eu/galleries/cars-as-ruins

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Those are some lovely photos. Wish I could do that kind of work, but alas, I'm color-blind. Nevertheless, I can appreciate the work she's done. Very very nice!
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Frances' prints are really good. I got into coloring for a while back in the mid 70s, but haven't done anything since. I don't know if any of my inks are still any good, but I can't make myself throw them away. Maybe I should display them?
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Frances is a master in hand colouring for sure! I still remember the beautiful pictures I saw in Arles a couple of years ago.
I'm tempted to try it on some of my inkjet prints, probably with watercolor (I'm taking a watercolor class by the way) but I'm also frightened by the difficulty of the process....

This post is pushing me to try, if I do not take any risk I will not get any interesting result :-)

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Frances' prints are really good. I got into coloring for a while back in the mid 70s, but haven't done anything since. I don't know if any of my inks are still any good, but I can't make myself throw them away. Maybe I should display them?
Do!

Inks rarely go off. Frances has some that are 50 years old or older.

And thanks for the kind words.

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Frances is a master in hand colouring for sure! I still remember the beautiful pictures I saw in Arles a couple of years ago.
I'm tempted to try it on some of my inkjet prints, probably with watercolor (I'm taking a watercolor class by the way) but I'm also frightened by the difficulty of the process....

This post is pushing me to try, if I do not take any risk I will not get any interesting result :-)

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Dear Robert,

Oh, bugger! I can't believe Frances didn't show you her portfolio at Arles! It's the pics referenced at the beginning of the thread. She sold one out of the portfolio!

Love to you and Simone,

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Roger, you would believe, but I'm going to use photos on your site to educate one particular person who wasn't aware about hand coloring.
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Roger, you would believe, but I'm going to use photos on your site to educate one particular person who wasn't aware about hand coloring.
Let us know how they react!

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Nice work, Frances.

I've found that Marshall's Oils work well. And when working on b&w prints, its best if the image has been printed onto paper with some 'tooth' to it; matte paper. I haven't yet worked on an inkjet print, but I don't see why it wouldn't work well so long as the paper has a soft matte finish.

I occasionally pull out the Marshall's Oil set and play around with a print or two during dead-of-winter rainy days. Perfect time to do the slow pains-taking work of tinting photos.
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Very pleasant, skilful work Frances; thank you, Roger!

I attempted the odd bit of hand-colouring years ago when working. Though a trained graphic artist, I found my results were er, variable.

More recently, Iíve used Photoshop to tint a selection of scanned old family prints, which Iím very pleased about.
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Does one make a normal looking print on matt paper?

The process is quite stable. I have a small oval picture of me a young boy in a sterling silver frame that is hand painted. I would say it was done when I was 2/3 years so 1944 to 45. It looks brand new. It has always been on display. The colors are not pastel shades.

My photo mentor used to do them for his wedding business. A talented lady did most of the painting. Her request was the print be sent to her GOLD toned because she could make the flesh turn out best that way.

I was given a starter set of Marshals a month ago, 12 colors, extender, and some other liquid. I have real oil paints and I would like to try them as well.
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Well, he didn't realized this is that many of us have in family albums.
It came in conversation about why bw movies are getting colored.
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Tried inkjet prints, I Made a few attempts on Hahnemuhle cotton paper matt (rag and williamturner) with watercolours and it works. Only problem is my artistic skill need much improvement!
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first attempt, my patient wife as subject...need to improve the manual technique!



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Here's one of me 36 years ago. I hand-coloured it, clumsily, using food dye.

I just looked and the colour is still there.
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Here's one of me 36 years ago. I hand-coloured it, clumsily, using food dye.

I just looked and the colour is still there.
Well, man, I mean, like, y'know... Though you must have been something of a late developer as a hippie. Looks more like the 60s than 1980.

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I remember using Marshalls oils- I recall that a special spray was first applied to RC paper to give the surface the proper 'tooth' for adherence.
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I used to do 8x10 Polaroid transfers to art paper and then hand colored with pencils
Very therapeutic.....since I did not not have darkroom it was one of few alternatives.
They are now framed and hanging on wall.

The real hard part.....was dragging around and dealing with an 8x10
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These were infrared film (Kodak HIE, since discontinued) printed on Ilford matt papers - 16x20 - and hand colored using Pebeo Photo Oils and/or Prismacolor Pencils. I continue to hand color, but I also have been using digital matt surface papers of digital infrared photos taken with a converted Nikon D200.

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https://www.markapplingfisher.com/#/route66/
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I admire folks who make art like this. I had an associate photographer who did this and she gave my son and his wife a portrait made this way.

Frances art looks beautiful. Thanks for the link to view it.
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