Twitter user ColoredHistory specializes in giving old black and white photos new life, with some color. Computerized colorization began in the 1970s with a process developed by Wilson Markle. Movies colorized using early techniques have soft contrast and fairly pale, flat, washed out color; however, the technology has improved since the 1980s. To perform digital colorization, a digitized copy of the best monochrome film print available is needed. Technicians, with the aid of computer software, associate a range of gray levels to each object, and indicate to the computer any movement of the objects within a shot. Continue reading to see more.
Rodney Pike, an illustrator and caricature artist, demonstrates his expert photo manipulation skills with these hilarious insertions of comedian Mr. Bean into famous historical portraits. For those familiar with the original pieces, it's a nice surprise to see this star's awkward facial expressions underneath a feathered cap, a head of long golden hair, or the recognizable coif of George Washington's. Continue reading for more images and information.
Zen Hoover, a 15-year-old Massachusetts-based artist, started taking pictures when he was just 8-years-old and, over the years, he has developed his skills to an impressively high level. He creates these imaginative miniature worlds by photographing regular-sized backgrounds and scenes and then shrinking his subjects down to appear miniature. To keep things looking consistent, Hoover tries to shoot everything in the same location but, or he matches lighting in post-editing as evenly as he can, sometimes drawing in shadows. Lastly, then digitally blends elements from multiple photographs together into a single, whimsical moment. Continue reading for more.
Zilla van den Born, a 25-year-old from The Netherlands, decided to trick her friends and family into thinking that she was on a five-week vacation in South-East Asia, when, in reality, she was at home in Amsterdam the whole time, uploading what appeared to be authentic holiday photographs onto Facebook. This was all for a University project in which she wanted to show how social media messages and photographs are not accurate indicators of real life. "I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media. Thereby we create an online ideal world which reality can no longer meet. My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality," says Born. Continue reading for videos showing her fake trip and a reaction video.
Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte went around the country for decades after World War I to take portraits of random people. This resulted in a collection of over 5,000 glass plate negatives and several hundred prints. Photographer and digital artist Jane Long decided to take some of these photos and give them a Photoshop makeover, adding her own collection of stock photos into the process. In the end, we end up with portraits that don't seem too out of place, even today. Continue reading for more.
What does a geeky couple do when they're asked to babysit a 6-month old? Send their friends hourly updates showing the baby in strange situations, such as being chased by a T-Rex or trying to charm a king cobra. Fortunately, not animals, babies or adults were harmed in the making of these images, as all it took was some Photoshop magic. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a baby meeting a sprinkler for the first time.
Reflections photography is a creative technique that uses reflective surfaces, such as bodies of water, windows, and mirrors, to create artistic images. More often than not, mirrors are the less chosen surface because they can be very difficult to work with. For those interested in this technique, one tip is to not use filters because they distort the image and cause it to look dull (at least with mirrors). Continue reading for more.
The mind-bending pictures above may look Photoshopped, but rest assured they are as real as can be. We've rounded up images of Dubai "Cloud City", a floating faucet illusion at Aqualand, Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, the "Black House" in Germany, the world's largest goldfish captured in France, and then Billy Owen holding his prosthetic eye. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how not to test drive a Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.
Nikon's D810 is right around the corner, and advertising firm K&L was commissioned to create a series of demo images for its release on July 17. Miss Aniela and her crew mixed fashion and fantasy to create surreal scenes that have not been edited in Photoshop. According to My Modern Met, the first photo, "called White Witch Awakening, was shot at a 17th-century country house, called Aynhoe Park, in the UK. While most of the animals in the photos are stuffed, the zebra in the main scene above, is in fact, completely real." More information on the D810. Continue reading to see more pictures.
Esther Honig, a 24-year-old freelance journalist from Kansas City, used freelance websites to send a non-retouched photo of herself to over 40 Photoshop masters in 25 different countries. Her one request was: "make me beautiful". You'll notice that common alterations include softened skin, touched up hairs, additional jewelry / clothing, altered bone structure / skin tone, and even eye color. Continue reading to see more.