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:
Be sure to check out all of my videos at: http://www.teachthecivilwar.com/resources/videos/
Family Fun Finding Rock Carvings in Gettysburg National Military Park
The kids had the Monday after Easter off and it was a beautiful day so we packed a lunch and headed to Gettysburg for the day. While there, we did a lot of walking around Devil’s Den, Little Round Top and the Wheatfield. We also found some rock carvings.
The first one is the “PB Rock” which is located directly across from the monument to the Irish Brigade. Here is a video to tell you all about it:
As we were driving around we decided to look for a carving that we had never seen before. This one is located on the first day’s fighting at the McPherson Barn. It is also very hard to see. Here is a video of CJ telling us all about the carving:
Here is a close up of the carving and I used Skitch to highlight the lettering
So, spring has sprung! Get out there and enjoy the weather and explore your favorite battlefield. If you are heading to Gettysburg, be sure to pick up your copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide by JD Petruzzi.
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.
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.