Hand colored landscape photos have a pleasing effect with muted shades of color. Photos are hand colored using a technique of applying oil based transparent paint to the black and white photograph. The paint is applied with cotton and blended over the image without obscuring the image. The detail work in small areas of the photo is then applied using colored pencils. Prior to color film, hand coloring was widely used in photography. In years past, this process was also used to color high school senior pictures.