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Product Details

  • Series: Amphoto crafts
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817433104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817433109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The tradition of coloring photographs is almost as old as the medium itself, arising from the desire to soften the starkness of early photos. Handcoloring is very popular again, and this lovely book makes it easy to see why. Art photographer Dorskind clearly explains how she achieves her evocative and atmospheric "photopaintings," from materials and color basics, to composing a photo, to presenting and storing your work. Though the finished product may look like something only a professional photographer could produce, the technique is actually quite straightforward. And though the supplies are specialized, they are found at many art- and photo-supply stores, or can be ordered from a supplier in the book's resource guide. --Amy Handy

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The handcoloring of photographs began long before the invention of color film, and many archives contain ghostly 19th-century examples. Recently, graphic and fine artists have rediscovered this art and turned out both subtle portraits and splashy advertising art. Dorskind, a nationally known art photographer and handpainter, illustrates this step-by-step manual with her own luminous and haunting work. This is an extremely handsome and useful book. For larger collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Very easy to digest and easier to enjoy.
Jupiter54@msn.com
Even people who aren't interested in the technique love looking at the beauty of this book.
Kelley Smith
Recently, I purchased this book, some Marshall paint, and some skewers.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By skhulme@aol.com on January 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is not only extremely attractive to look at but also thoroughly helpful-every detail is covered for the novice or for someone who has more experience. There is not only advice on how to paint and what materials you need and where to purchase them, but also on what type of photos work best. This book was so good I wound up buying a copy for my brother-in-law, a painter, and one copy for a good friend, who does not paint but who wanted to try her hand at handpainting photographs. Both of them loved it! It's an art book, as well as an excellent guide.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
"The Art of Handpainting Photographs" provides detailed instructions for handcoloring black-and-white photographs with Marshall's Photo Oils, which generally impart somewhat muted colors. Colored pencils are often used in conjunction with the oils. Author Cheryl Machat Dorskind briefly mentions other media that can be used in handcoloring photographs, but she does not discuss them. Although there is a chapter on landscapes, Dorskind is primarily a portrait artist, so this book's emphasis is portraiture.

Chapter 1, "Selecting a Good Photographic Print" makes suggestions in how to best photograph for handpainting, including choosing appropriate film and photographic paper. This is the book's weakest chapter. The advice could be confusing to beginning or intermediate photographers. For example, it recommends bracketing exposures, but does not explain that, unless you tell the lab, they will try to print them all the same. And there is not much point in bracketing old chemistry black-and-white film by just one EV anyway. It's better to vary the exposure in printing. The author doesn't mention chromogenic black-and-white film at all, which is less expensive, easier for amateurs to obtain, and would be fine if printed on a fiber-based paper. Dorskind doesn't recommend T-grain films or high speed films, but doesn't explain why. Her suggestion of infrared film is interesting, however, as its characteristic white foliage (when used with a dark red filter) is well-suited to handpainting. A handy chart lists texture, tone and contrast for recommended fiber-based and resin-coated papers. The option of toning prints prior to handcoloring is mentioned, but no instructions are provided. Oddly, I have never seen a book on handcoloring photographs mention digital prints.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Angel Lee HALL OF FAME on June 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for creating your own handpainted photographs. It is in full-color on glossy stock with lots of examples. Materials covered include Marshall oils, colored pencils & spot pens.
The book starts out by discussing how to select a good photograph. Next, choosing the right film & paper is covered. I found a chart listing various papers along with their texture, base tone, image tone, contrast & surface very helpful.
The author does a great job explaining color theory & how to use color appropriately to create a mood. Preparing the photo, basic coloring methods, & blending colors are then demonstrated.
The main focus in on portrait painting including a step-by-step demonstration & special tips on coloring hair. Basic landscape coloring is also included. A resource list in the back in a great bonus.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tburns@hiwaay.net on January 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a professional photographer for 25 years I have been using various artists to handpaint my professional work. Recently, I purchased this book, some Marshall paint, and some skewers. I have always wanted to paint but I knew I had no talent for drawing! I may not be able to draw but I can photograph and do darkroom printing. I am now (thanks to Cheryl Machat) painting everything I can photograph. Not only am I enjoying this as MY hobbie, I am once again photographing for my enjoyment not just for the public. My goal is to practice enough that someday I will no longer have to pay another artist for my painting but I will do it all myself in studio. With this book, I am on my way. I used her supplies listed in the back and found everything online I needed to get started. I recommend it to anyone interested in this art.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have several other books on handcoloring photographs but this one is the best so far! The examples are very inspiring and the text is very helpful and easy to follow. I definatly suggest this book for anyone interested in handcoloring.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ms. Dorskind's book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the fine art of handpainting photographs. She takes you step by step through the process with words of encouragement every step of the way. If this is your first experience with handpainting, however, I would also highly recommend the other book sold here on Amazon, Handcoloring Photographs: Step by Step, by Sandra Laird. With both of these books, you'll be well on your way to a great experience!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sally Stevens on February 24, 2001
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Highly sophisticated images grace the pages of this unique guide to an otherwise complicated craft. Professor Dorskind's compassion for the beginner and respect for the expert shine in this brilliant work. In addition to step by step instruction, she generously shares her personal photopainting struggles. Her college teaching experience and fine arts background help define "The Art of Handpainting Photography" as the outstanding work (and probably the best) in the field.
A must buy for the true "photo buff."
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