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Ed. Can you explain the cost of a photo restoration?
Neil. Certainly, but don’t think of it as cost, think of it as investment. You are preserving your memories. Price should be a concern, yes, but not the primary one. You have made the decision that your photo needs restoring, so I am here to help you transform it.
Ed. But don’t you just hit the “filter” button and it’s all done?
Neil. No absolutely not. Take a closer look at the image you are sending me to restore and be honest with yourself. There may be an obvious big rip or scratch, but look closer. Is the surface of the emulsion all scratched and dull? Is there a spider’s web of fine scratches embedded in the emulsion filled with fine dirt? If so then I have to remove these as well.
Ed. I can barely see the fine scratches why does it matter?
Neil. If I ignore them It may be ok to print to a typical 6×4 inch sized postcard as you wouldn’t see them. If you wanted me to make an enlargement then the fine scratches would also be enlarged. You would then have to pay a second time to have them restored and removed.
Ed. Fair point, but how do I know you have done anything at all other than remove the rip or tear?
Neil. I restore what damage there is, you may not appreciate it at first but just compare the original to the restored image. If it’s a digital file you can compare the before and after. You will see how there are subtle differences in the tones, the shadows are richer and the highlights stand out more, edges are more defined, its punchier and less flat than it was. Nearly all of the flecks of dust, scratches, stains and faded tones are restored.
Ed. Nearly all?
Neil. Yes, sometimes if the image is overworked it can look “restored”. This is not what I am about, I don’t airbrush back in areas like some restorers. I tend to use the tone and textures from what’s there and restore it. I simply cannot bare the mix of badly matched, soft smooth-toned backgrounds and the gritty texture of an original photo, it just doesn’t work and certainly does not look natural.
Ed. It sounds like you are very passionate about your work, will you take on anything?
Neil. I will be honest, in some instances there is not much that can be done. I will always discuss beforehand what can be achieved and what expectation can be met. Sometimes it maybe that there is very little detail there to start with and all there is to do is a simple clean up and try to recover some tone and contrast. Others can require a complete rebuild of the lighting. By this I mean where there was very little tone to add back in light and shade, to give the feeling of depth. This doesn’t work for all images but most can be rescued.
Ed. I’ve heard that some people provide inkjet prints, do you do that?
Neil. No, heaven forbid no. I appreciate that there are some very good inkjet printers, but I am old fashioned I guess and trust the tried and tested chemical colour process. Your photos will be printed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper for 100 year fade resistance, or so the manufacturers claim.
Ed. That’s reassuring. Thank you for explaining.
Neil. You’re very welcome.
There are many way to change a photo’s tint using photoshop. I have made this short tutorial to show you how to change a photo from black and white to sepia using three different methods, each with similar results but with subtle differences.
We can use this image as a test image.
Method 1. Change your photo to RGB mode . Select from the top menus – image/adjustments/photo-filter.
You will get a colour box pop up. Choose a sepia colour.
Choose a fairly dark one
and then use the slider to increase the density.
Method 2 This method using ”colour balance”. From the menus select image/adjustments/colour balance
Change the sliders with the radio button “shadows” selected so that you dial in around 20 red and 20 yellow.
Then do the same with the “midtones” but around 15 red and 15 yellow. You can tweak these setting to your own preferences.
Here is the final result. This method does not alter the whites in the highlights.
Method 3 Using a colour fill layer. Select from the menus, layer/new fill layer/solid colour
Then select “colour” in the blending mode box.
Select a nice sepia colour
and you are done!
I hope this helps everyone and just choose a method which suits you best, if it were my choice I would go with method 2
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I have here an example of a photo restoration, (removing a person) that if not correctly restored a simple brightness adjustment would reveal some very shoddy work indeed, I will explain.
Lets have a look at this photo of some handsome college chaps on a night out with their partners. A request was made to remove the girls from the background which could be easy if it weren’t for the a hand on a shoulder and filling of the huge gap left behind.
There are two ways to go about this, the quick way and the right way. The quick way would be to select the girls with the selection tools and careful selection. Then simply clone over the girls with a large soft clone brush and rebuilding the pink shirt where the hand was.
Here is the image lightened a great deal to show the background detail.
Cloning in this manner creates repeat patterns where the clone brush has just laid down the same texture and detail each time creating an unconvincing background.
The right way would be to select and clone over but then make sure the background details were consistent with the image by following on the trees and the rocks behind the boys. I would not be able to sleep knowing that an image had been butchered in this manner.
Here is the image with corrected background detail and the top section of shadows lightened.
Now you know when your restoration is received and it looks like that “the people have been removed”. Think a bit more about what has gone on to achieve what you asked. I am sure that you will now begin to appreciate just how much is involved when a request is made to “remove those people”.
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