My Photocolouring Work
In the slideshow on this page are examples of my photocolouring work in which I make photos that were originally black and white or sepia look like they were taken in colour. (I do not ‘colorize’ them. That’s a different technique, though if that’s what you’re into I can do it. Please see below.) You can let the slideshow autoplay, pause or use the forward or back buttons below the image.
You can also view some of my work from 2011, in the following blogs:
Coloring the Archives, by Kamini
Bringing Old Photos Back To Life, by Shalini.
and I’ve recently (Spring 2013) done this:
An Arty Old Bird Shows Me Carters in Colour, by Lorri.
Please note that a few of the links in Kamini’s post are broken as I no longer have the blog I had at the time. Also, at the time of the first two, the offer of free colouring was dependant on people showing my work on their blogs with a link back to mine: I do not put anyone’s photos online unless I’ve been given permission to do so. Your photos are safe with me. Also if I do any work for you, you don’t have to put it in your blog if you have one. Lorri asked me if she could put the photos in her blog, and I was happy for her to do that.
If you are interested in having a photo coloured, please use the contact form below to get in touch with me. Please understand that except occasionally, when it’s usually me doing the asking (for instance, I liked Lorri’s photos and asked her permission to colour them), I don’t do this work for free.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
I only accept payment via Paypal.
My fees start at £30 for a photo that has just one or two people in it and little or no restoration work needed. Photos that require complex work, such as patterned fabrics (ie, clothes, carpets, wallpapers, etc), large groups of people such as reunions, or which need a lot of restoration before colouring, start at £75.
Before I will commit to working on any photograph I need to see a small copy of it first, to advise you whether or not I can do the work and to give you a price. If I can’t do the work, I will charge you nothing and neither of us will be committed to anything. If I can do the work, then I will give you a price and if you’re happy to proceed, I’ll request that you send me a higher resolution version of the photo (scan or photograph, see below) and will ask you to send me the fee. When I have received your payment, I will start working on your photo.
For detailed work I need a high resolution scan of the original photo that, preferably, has not been put through the scanner’s own auto-repair or sharpening software (I can tell you in my email to you, how to avoid this, if you let me know what scanner you have). If you have no access to a scanner, then an alternative is for you to photograph the original photo with a high-resolution camera in good natural light – not sunlight or flash, please – and send me a copy of that.
If neither of the above are possible, then I can sometimes offer you a quick tint, without any restoration, of the low-resolution photo. However this will not achieve results that are as good as with a high resolution scan. As before, I will let you know what I can do after you’ve sent me the sample photo.
Please note that I do not work with the original photo, only with the digitised copy of it that you send me.
With regards to content of photos, it will help me if you can tell me the period and the most likely colours for the people, time and place. This is most particularly needed if the photo was taken somewhere other than the UK, as that is where I live and where I’m from, so details that are peculiar to a particular locality or culture might be unknown to me. I like to be as accurate to a period and place as I can, but if not then I like to approximate what might have been there. Because of this, I will encourage you to be in email contact with me while I am colouring a photo, particularly if it requires a lot of work, and you should be prepared to receive – and if possible respond to – questions from me about it.
If you’re not a fan of colour and would prefer to see your colour photos as black and white or sepia (without special effects or restoration), I can do this for you, for just £6 per photo.
I can also do partial colourings of black and white or sepia photos or remove parts of the colour in colour ones. For instance, if you have a photo with one person you’d like in colour and the rest of the photo in black and white. Prices for this start at £15.
I’ll reply as soon as I can. Please ensure you include an email address that you use regularly and your real name. I will not sell or otherwise pass on your details to anyone nor will I add you to any mailing lists.
If you want to contact me about anything else to do with my art, please use my Contact Me form instead. Thank you.