Two New Tutorial Videos

by fifer1863 on October 13, 2015

Just a quick post to share two new videos that I created.

The first video is based on some recent online discussion about creating overlays to find the location of original images.  This video shows how you can take an modern photograph and then overlay an original and some tips for aligning the images.

The second video is a tutorial on one of my favorite apps, Snapseed.  This app allows your students to create terrific, high-quality images right on their iPads:


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Using GIMP to Colorize Civil War Era Photos

by fifer1863 on October 14, 2014

Bringing Civil War Photos to Life with Color

As you know I am a huge fan of having students use primary sources in the classroom.  This is especially true when comes to using photographs from the Library of Congress.  I have blogged about using images in the past.  I have also crated videos on finding photos from the Library of Congress, Creating Then and Now Images and Using Them  with Google Earth.

The Civil War in Living Color!

Here is a new way that you and your students can work with photographs in your classroom.  As you know, photographs from the Civil War era are in black and white.  Well, while the image may be in black and white, the original subjects certainly were in full color!  The following is an image of John Burns who is the only civilian to fight in the Battle of Gettysburg.


And here is the same photo of John Burns that I have colorized.

John Burns Colorized


Using the free photo editing software GIMP, I have taken a once boring, black and white image and brought Mr. Burns to life with a little bit of color.  Using a process of adding layers and layer masks, you are able to bring the images to life.  Have your students research clothes, weapons, landscapes, etc.  Have them think about a picture and what color an object or person might be an why.  This gets them thinking about an image and then creating something entirely new based on their research.

How To Video:

Here is a video on how you can colorize your own Civil War photos:



If you try this, take a moment and let me know either here on the blog, on Facebook or via Twitter.


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Creating Then & Now Images Video

Gettysburg Moments Facebook Group

 Stonewall Jackson info from the Civil War Trust

Virginia Military Institute Primary Sources

The Stonewall Jackson Home

Stonewall Jackson information from Bucknell University

Stonewall Jackson Biography





Creating Then and Now Images

May 7, 2012

Recently I have been creating some Then and Now images of the Gettysburg Battlefield where I take an original image from the Library of Congress and combine it with a modern version from the same (or close to) camera angle.   Here is a how to video that I created on how you can create […]

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Making New Photos Look Old

March 7, 2010

Here is something cool you can do with your students. Have them take modern photos and make them look old. For example, here is a photo that I took of some friends of mine from Sykes Regulars. You can then take the photograph and put it into your favorite photo editor such as Photoshop, Paint […]

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