FAQ – Questions I get regarding my colorizationsFirstly, I’d like to say thanks for your interest in my art. I spend about 30 minutes to an hour colorizing a photo while I’m eating breakfast so that you can start the day off with something enjoyable that is new and relates to the Old West. I try to do this daily. It is a small chore and I am admittedly an amateur. I do not sell the colorizations but merely create them for you. I love comments but sometimes there are repeated questions that I have created this FAQ for. If you have something negative to say, don’t be surprised if I block you. I also realize I am not the best at colorization, nor do I spend the hours as others, nor am I paid as others may be. That said, My main focus is to bring the Old West to life on a daily basis and hope you’ll check out my other work all around this site.
1. Can I share your photo over social media?
a. If you ask permission, I will often grant it as long as you credit my name Lorin Morgan-Richards and with a link back if possible.
2. Can I print out the photo for personal use?
a. Please ask, but you will likely not want to as the size of the images are tiny and made specifically for the web.
3. Can I print out the photo to resell?
4. What do you use to colorize the photos?
a. I paint with my finger using several app-related art programs and filters. The black and white photos thus become-like watercolor paintings.
5. How do you go about choosing your photos?
a. Sometimes I get requests from fans of the page. Other times I have a dream or vision of a particular person that “requests it” from the great beyond. Yes I believe spirits can communicate with us. Mostly, I search for something unique or interesting that relates to the Old West.
6. How do I go about choosing the right colors?
a. I choose colors based on the following: knowledge of the time period (I received a degree in cultural anthropology and am an avid historian of the Old West), artistic license, what looks good on a device, and (if known) what is culturally relevant.
7. Why are the photos sometimes pixelated?
a. Many of the photos are no more than 1 or 2 inches in size which is fine for the web, but otherwise not so great. Occasionally the pieces will be pixelated due to their original size before I colorize them. Colorization does not produce pixilation.
8. Why are the eyes sometimes bright?
a. I am still trying to get a feel for the eyes and the sclera is painted white as it should, but on rare occasions does pop.
9. Why do you have a name or place for the photo if I know it is someone or somewhere else?
a. Just let me know and I’ll make the change. I have found that the web cannot be trusted especially sources like Pinterest for names, dates, and places. If I’ve errored in this way, it is due to picking up a note from the web that erroneously was wrong in the first place. I do the best I can in a short period of time.
10. Why are you doing this when I like black and white photos?
a. Great if you like the black and white photos, you don’t need to tell me. I do too obviously. Every photo I work on is already in cyberspace as a black and white photo. So plenty for you to see. What I’m trying to do is provide a different perspective of the photo as by colorizing it many features that would be otherwise hidden in black and white show up in color and many fans also say it brings the people and places to life.
11. I saw you painted someone’s hair or eyes the wrong color.
a. Okay thanks. I will take note of it for next time.
12. Why do I put a copyright on the work?
a. It is true I did not take the original black and white photo, however I did paint the image you see before you and that is what I am claiming protection on. If I know the original photographer I will include it in my description. I produce these colorizations for entertainment and they are free for viewing, but have to take a stance on protection otherwise people may try and resell the colorized photos (even if they would be terrible to print at their small size). Also keep in mind all the photos are over 100 years old and floating in cyberspace, most of which are in the public domain.