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This latest assignment was a challenge, but I think I finally grasped the concept as I finished up this evening. I'm still not sure that I found the best images possible, but I worked with what I could find. Getting the correct measurements for the article's template was also a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at History Notes
In between our class readings and assignments, I've been trying to get a jump on my research for the final assignment. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I'm going to be looking at the origins of the family photo album by using the Schweigert family photo album as an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at History Notes
Note: I had originally written this post and somehow it vanished so this is my second attempt. I will try to remember everything, but this is a good lesson in always making sure you save your work! And possibly copy/pasting what you write into a Word or Google doc just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at History Notes
Thanks, Matt! I really am lucky that this photo album is still in existence and that the family member was so kind to let me borrow it for a few weeks. I just realized that the photo of Henry and his wife on the standalone images is not the same as the one in the book! It is the same couple, but in a different pose altogether. I'm excited to work on this project and hope I can create something interesting.
Looking ahead at our final assignment, I'm thinking about doing something about the family photo album I mentioned in class on Tuesday. The album was kindly sent to me by a family member of the schoolteacher, Henry W. Schweigert, who lived in southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 19th - early... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at History Notes
This is my attempt at colorizing the girl and doll image from the lab session in class this week. First you'll see the original, from the Library of Congress, followed by the first round of editing, and end with the final colorized version. Original girl and doll daguerrotype First round... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at History Notes
View original Man with Cat. View original Girl with Doll. Man with Cat, from Library of Congress Girl with Doll, from Library of Congress Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at History Notes
The topic of the Pennsylvania Oil Boom has been written about over the decades in a varying manner. The articles I have chosen to compare cover aspects such as photography, nature, and American spiritualism, and each utilize photographs to a certain degree. I have added my own suggestions for additional... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at History Notes
Thanks, Pam! I meant that the "selfie" photo was actuality the result of that conversation. I should have made that more clear in my post! I was visiting my grandparents this weekend and wasn't able to post to my blog by the 8:00pm deadline, so I apologize to everyone in the class for that. Now that I'm back in the land of the Internets, I'm excited to read everyone else's posts for this week.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the role photography plays in our everyday lives, especially after our class discussion on Thursday. In a relatively short period of time, photos have become the norm, rather than the exception, due to cell phones equipped with digital cameras that allow nearly everyone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at History Notes
Finally finished my final project! And with a half hour to spare, even! Check it out at Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at History Notes
If anyone is interested in making favicons for their site (those little square icons that show up next to the URL when visiting a website), my co-worker told me about this handy page that can generate one for you: . You can build your own or upload and convert... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at History Notes
I might sound silly, but I'm really going to miss this class! I've enjoyed learning how to make a well-designed website that is user-centered, and improving the limited Photoshop skills that I previously had. I will admit that at some times I was beyond frustrated when working on my website,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at History Notes
These past few days I have been working like a crazy person on my final project, which you can view at I seemed to have had a hard time with the height of some of my pages - specifically with certain containers (like on the main page). I tried... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at History Notes
Due to some kind of malicious attack on Typepad, this entry is later than usual! I've spent most of this past week working on the design for my final project. You can check it out at I'm intending for the two images to be links that will go to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at History Notes
I've been enjoying having the opportunity to critique my classmates' image assignments, and also learning about their approaches to editing, and their decisions to edit their images a certain way. I'm pretty impressed with everything I've seen so far. I'm also grateful for the critiques that I've been given by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at History Notes
Thanks for the critique, Martin! For the mountains, I can't remember how long I actually took to get the look I wanted, but I know I went back at least 2 times to the layer to touch it up. I played around with different colors and brush sizes and just went over the image just dobbing the color on, trying to make it look natural. It was pretty difficult and my OCD made it hard to know when to stop, so I appreciate your kind remarks. As for the farmer image, I knew I wanted to focus more on the horses and man, and less on the farm in the background, so I cropped some of it out. I'm trying to envision another use for the background elements I cut out, and maybe the image could be useful in a site about agricultural history, in which the entire scene would be helpful to reconstruct a larger farm scene. I'm not sure if that makes any sense, but I like the question you've posed. Editing images to match the context of a project is something that takes a lot of thought, that's for sure! Also, thanks for the suggestions about centering the captions and nav bar - I'm going to work on fixing that next.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2014 on Image Project link at History Notes
Thanks, Kirk! I really appreciate your feedback.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2014 on Image Project link at History Notes
Thanks for the helpful critique, Kirk! I agree, I wish I could have made the images larger on the site, since there is a lot of detail. As a work-around, I made the images clickable so that you can view them at a larger size. It does detract from the original viewing experience, though, so it's not a perfect solution. I think you are right about the matted engraving portion of the assignment. I had totally forgot that Dr. Petrik's tutorial she has on her Scholarship on the Web site is for matting an engraving, which I actually did apply in the first engraving (Ferry at Renovo). I guess I will have to re-label my headings to make it fit the assignment requirements more accurately. Thanks for such a throrough and helpful review, Kirk.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2014 on Image Project link at History Notes
Here's the link to my image assignment: Check it out! I'm looking forward to viewing everyone else's images, and I'll be posting my critiques in the next two posts. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at History Notes
As I've been reading through the articles on accessibility, I have been rethinking my approach to web design. Even though my website might look great to me, what about users who reach it who are visually impaired, or have other ways of viewing my site that differ from my own?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at History Notes
I've been having a lot of fun with Photoshop lately with the restoration of this charming image of a man with his supposed cat. As you can see, his face and hair is very faint, and the background is blotchy due to degradation. There's also a shadow just inside the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at History Notes
This week's readings and tutorials were greatly helpful in demonstrating how using layers in Photoshop can preserve the original structure of an image, which lessens some of the anxiety I had last week about messing up while editing. Tim Grey's Restoring Images with Photoshop tutorial on was especially useful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at History Notes
While recuperating from a nasty case of strep throat, I got to play around more with Photoshop. The Non-Designers Photoshop Book provides many useful and practical techniques for editing images, and the simple directions allow anyone to try their hand at the software application. Although as a historian I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at History Notes
I've spent most of my time this week playing with different color combos and palettes, while trying to stay away from those "Easter egg colors." We didn't get to see much of my type assignment last week before class ended, but it had a bright teal brick background that was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at History Notes