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Hand Coloring Black & White Photography: An Introduction and Step-by-Step Guide Paperback – July 1, 1999

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About the Author

Laurie Klein is a professional photographer who has studied under Ansel Adams and has taught photography for 18 years. Her method for hand coloring photographs was recently featurd on Lifetime's Our Home show. Klein's images have also been featured in numerous magazines and books and in a line of greeting cards, and her fine-art work has been exhibited internationally. Sanford Corporation, which makes the colored pencils she uses, has sponsored Klein for many years at its trade shows.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564965864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564965868
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Klein is an award-winning fine art, commercial wedding and portrait photographer as well as educator. She is the author of Photographing the Female Form with Digital Infrared, and Hand Coloring Black and White Photography, Art and Technique of Digital Infrared Photography will be released fall of 2015.
Her work has been published in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, House Beautiful, Ladies Home Journal, Brides Magazine, Modern Bride, Ridgefield Magazine and others. Laurie has a MFA in photography from Ohio U and BFA from RIT. She studied with Ansel Adams. Kodak, Fuji, WHCC and Prismacolor have been her sponsors.
A gifted photo educator for over 30 years, Laurie teaches classes and workshops both nationally and internationally. Teaching venues include: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Photographic Workshops, Texas School, Imaging Explorations, Peter's Valley Photographic Workshops, Camera Voyages~ Cuba, The Societies, Artistic Gourmet Adventure, WPI, PPA, PPI. (National Convention and State Conventions.) She also holds yearly mentoring programs for high school students who are interested in photography.
Laurie Klein is recognized worldwide for her photography shooting almost exclusively in the arresting infrared spectrum. Her work embodies a soft passionate style that most often depicts the feminine experience, relationships and landscapes. www.laurieklein.com

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I wanted a hobby that was a tad out of the ordinary, fun, creative, and meaningful to me and others. Asking for a ot isn't it? Well, Laurie's book launched me into hand coloring black and white family photos and Wow! the results are stunning. Much to my delight, this activity makes me feel like an artist. My family and friends love the products and some of them have also bought her book and begun to create their own artistic family albums. Laurie's step by step book can make an artist out of anyone. I encourage you to try it -- hand colored photos also make gifts that please.
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This book of Laurie Klein's re: using coloring pencils is my bible. I have nearly every other current book written on handcoloring and I find them greatly lacking. I borrowed Ms. Klein's from the library so often that I eventually had to just buy the book so someone else could have a chance to read it!
I thought she was very clear and concise in her instructions as to how and what to do when using colored pencils. Anyone who had trouble finding clarity in her book must have been short of a few colored pencils upstairs!
Thanks again, Laurie. There are so few people who give any guidance as far as using pencils go. Most books are out there just showing off photos and have very little instructional value.
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Laurie Klein has written an excellent book about hand-coloring! She has made this an easy to follow introduction to and step-by-step guide that makes anyone feel that they can hand color black and white photos, wether experienced with art or not. Not only is it well written, but it is filled with her beautiful photography, and is aesthetically pleasing. I would encourage anyone to buy and use this book.
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Of the three books I have read on this subject, this one, by far, is the least useful. There is virtually NO technical guidance on how to hand color. Even the information on color selection is bland and uninformative. Rather than suggesting a couple of colors to use to give an item depth, the descriptions recommend single colors. This book treats the art of hand coloring like paint-by-numbering.
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Laurie Klein has written a wonderful book!!! Simply written and easy to read, this book covers techniques that can be used by beginners and advanced photographers alike. A pleasure to read!
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This is a wonderful book for anyone wanting to hand-tint photographs without buying a bunch of expensive supplies. Most projects use easy to find and relatively inexpensive colored pencils (like Berol prisamacolor) instead of fancy photo oil and specialty markers. A special effects gallery in the back shows photo that were colored with markers, watercolors, acrylics and mixed media.
The book starts out with a brief explanation of materials, film types, print surfaces, shooting pictures and presenting your finished piece. An introductory how-to hand-tint a photograph is included as well.
The people chapter follows. Here you learn to create realism and give your photo a romantic feel. Coloring both vintage and contemporary photos is covered. Next, the place section covers nature, flowers, architecture and an animal landscape. The final section focuses on advanced techniques and uses more specialty products. You learn techniques for toning, staining, dyeing, and using oil paints. Each of the projects is demonstrated step-by-step. A materials list and color swatches of the pencils used is also included.
I admit the author could have been a bit more detailed about materials and the oil mixture. However, this is a great book overall with very nice, easy-to-follow examples and I believe it is suitable for all levels.
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Ms. Klein, Your book did not meet my expectation of the subject. I read a magazine article which gave me more practical information than your book. Your suggested materials were vague and incomplete. There must be more than just "colored pencils" and "an oil and turpentine mixture" to hand coloring Black and White photographs. The oil and turpentine mixture must have some type a recipe. Am I to guess the amount of each ingredient? Wouldn't it be helpful to give a recipe for turpentine and oil? And what type of oil should I use? What type of colored pencils? And there is no detail concerning which types of papers to use. A materials list and specific suggestions would be helpful.
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I expected more from this book. The author doesn't give enough instruction or details on how to hand color just briefly mentions technique along with some photos. The book is nice for general introduction purposes but I had more questions than answers while I was reading.
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