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People should stop colorizing photos

July 16 2017 at 10:20 PM

Fernando Estanislau  (Login Stanhauser)
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Not that I want to rain in your parade, but I think people should stop colorizing photos for various reasons.

First of all, there is nothing wrong with black and white photos. They show what they are suppose to do, and they served their purpose. Even scratched or damaged black and white images are beautiful at their own manner, and the weathering contains and tell us its own history. Sincerely, I think that I have never seen an image that, once colorized, became more beautiful than it already was.

Second, even if you research a lot, and have many evidence, you can't be absolutely sure that the colors you think were there effectively were.
Black and white images just haven't the hue information, so the value (brightness or darkness) of a region in the image can indicate any color.
So, every colorization is a guess, educated maybe, but still a guess. And no, no software can bring back the color based on its value in a black and white image.

Third, since nowadays everyone has access to technology for colorizing images, every kind of result is expected, bad or good, educated or fictional.
We never know what is in the mind of the guy who opened Photoshop and played with the layers and filters. If he doesn't have any commitment to the history or the pursuit of truth, he will create a piece that may deceive people and lead to confusion.

Finally, most of colorized images don't look natural. It is somewhat like CGI in the movies: The guy who seats in front of a workstation and make Spiderman jump around or Princess Lea come back to the screen swears that his work is state of art. But it is never natural.

Just my two cents.

Best regards,

Fernando Estanislau, from Brazil



 
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