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Set a Spell (Colorized): 1939

Set a Spell (Colorized): 1939

My own version of Dorothea Lange's iconic image. (Another shot from set was also featured on Shorpy.) Researching the signs took a while, but hopefully it paid off. View full size.


Hi Sjohnsone,

Zuzahin's piece over at Civil War Talk is a great place to start. My technique differs from his in several ways and as we converse regularly I know he's also moved on too, but I think you can get a very good result through this tutorial.



Photojacker - I just discovered the love of coloring photos and i'm operating off just a couple youtube videos I've watched on doing it. Do you have any recommendations for resources to become better at it? I'm finding myself spending 4-5 hours or more a day doing this. I absolutely love it.

Thank you!

The mention of chicken has made me hungry...


Another amazing job by photojacker, an expert British colorist, excuse me, colourist. So realistic I can feel the heat and dust. Love the chicken.

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