Cape Cod historic Colors

Digital Images – the preferred method

Nearly everyone has some type of device that takes digital pictures – camera, phone or IPad/tablet.  It is much faster and easier to employ digital images in the house color scheme building process than old style prints. I can work with prints as well, see below for instructions.

You can send me the images via email [] or via on-line drop boxes and photo sharing sites. Images on a flash drive or a CD can be sent to: 3661 Waldenwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
See below for what sections and details of the building to photograph.

Emailing photo images
Some email programs automatically reduce the size of an attached image so that it comes to me very small. That function may have to be turned off in your email program. Look in the “Help” section usually under “attachment size” or something similar to see how your program handles that issue.
You can send yourself a “test email” with several images attached to it. There you can see how large they are in your own software. Generally I need images that are 800K or larger, that would print out at 8×10 inches. Alternatively you can send me a test email with several images attached and I’ll let you know the condition I receive them in. Very large emails on occassion don’t get past either your or our university servers, so don’t go over 15 megs in size for a single email message. If tha all sound confusing, just send me an image or two and we can work there.

There is page at this site that allows for a single photo, or ZIP file, uploads to me:

You can use it to send me images, yes, we are working on ways to have it do more than one image.


1) all four sides of the house, as best as you can. I understand that this is not always possible, just do the best you can. Be sure to fill the viewing frame with the house and not to leave too much “white space” around the structure. If the house/building is large, take additional photos breaking it up into perhaps 2 or 3 smaller images so that the detail will show.

2) the large architectural items such as porches (front & back) gables, bays, dormers, and towers.

3) details such as the main entryway, other doors and a typical window.

4) special details such as bay windows, brackets and roof cornices and especially close-ups of details on porches – columns & spindles for example. Inside porches you may want to use a flash.
No need to “over photo” the building. I will request any additional images that may be needed.


The best photos of architecture show the details! Try to take the pictures on a cloudy day. If you live in the sunbelt or if the sun is out, make sure it is shining on the face of the part of the building you are photographing. Having a shadow over the surface conceals the details. With this in mind it may take a day or two, or photoing at different times during the day for you to be able to acquire the best lighting conditions.  Don’t let the light issue stop you, send me what you have ,and we can work from there. Photoshop is a wonderful tool for fixing images.

CAD images, Blue Prints, and Drawings (New Construction & or additions)

I can employ CAD images, blue prints and elevation drawings for color placement in new construction projects. What works best is a Jpg or Pdf image format. All CAD programs can convert their files to those formats. Your architect or building contractor can easily make the files for you. Then just email them to me at

If you have questions please email me, I’ll be happy to discuss any image issue you may have.

Film Images

Secure a camera.  A 35mm type is best. The “Point & Shoot” variety work fine as do the standard manual focus SLR’s. If you don’t own a camera, neighbors or relatives are a good source to borrow one from. Often they will take the pictures for you, or they may have a digital device you an borrow.
Purchase film.  Any type of inexpensive 35mm color film will be fine. Rolls come in 24 & 36 exposure and typically a 24 exposure roll is sufficient. When having your film developed get a CD as well as prints and send both to me. Your local Target/Walmart store or mall will have a developing service. The prints need not be costly. Please remember to get the largest standard size available, usually 4 x 6 inches. You may want an extra set for you own records. If you wish to label the prints do so with a stick-on label. Often writing on the back of the photos is difficult and it can transfer to the face of the near-by print in shipping. Place the photos into an envelope, and mark it “DO NOT BEND — PHOTOGRAPHS.” Send them via your favorite shipping service (USPS, FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.)to:
Robert Schweitzer
“Historic House Colors ”
3661 Waldenwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105