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Over recent years I have restored many football photos and the oldest of which captivate me. Not because i am a sports fan but because i enjoy the footwear and clothes. Football boots interest me in the way they change design. Below are a few of the designs Ive found in the photos Ive restored from 1870 to 1910.
Notably A and D have small metal studs, in three distinct rows, probably hammered in. E and F are the stud bar type, two on the front part of the foot and one on the heel.
B has what looks like the popular “stud” we know and love and G is a curious toe wrapping which I’m not sure what is supposed to achieve. Perhaps that the boots sole was coming away and was a quick repair to hold them together. Leather wasn’t cheap I’m sure.
Any one who has any input about football boots and how they evolved please feel free to comment
For any budding restoration artist there are tools to help you do it yourself for FREE. What are these? I hear you ask.
Introducing GIMP, it is free tool that works a lot like the leading photo editor , Photoshop. – “GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages” – Quote from gimp.org
Ive played with GIMP in the past but thought id try it again due to the version 2 release. For photo manipulation I have no doubt it has some very useful features for changing an image. It is a very powerful piece of software and clearly achieves amazing results. For restoration purposes i tried to understand the interface and learn the skills needed to repair the dust and splotches from an image. To be honest i got frustrated and had no idea how to use it. I did not spend enough time getting to know the layouts, its so different from what i use. I jumped on the forums for some help. Patrick David who I bumped into on Google+ who knows his GIMP very well, kindly did a video for me on how to remove this damage. The video is below.
GIMP is very capable software and yields excellent results, and its FREE! I then went on to explain the process in Photoshop.
The reason why it works so quickly in Photoshop is that the image is not in sharp focus. This means the dust and scratch filter makes light work of removing a lot of the damage. The sharp edged damage is easily distinguishable from the main image and easily separated for removal. In a sharp image where dust and scratches are no different from the actual image data, where they have the same sharpness and match the size and shape of the details within the image, a completely different approach would be needed. That will no doubt be another video.
This is just a short message to you all where we are, as I’m not sure it is obvious enough !
Image-Restore.co.uk is based in leafy Hampshire in the UK. We offer a full range of retouching solutions. Photo restoration of old photos and Wedding retouching for wedding photographers and Photo retouching for commercial, magazines and agencies.
From Hampshire our customers stretch around the UK to Ireland with international customers across the seas.
Just a heads up its no problem for you guys across the pond we can work with digital files and email them back retouched and restored to you to print as you wish.
Do browse the site www.image-restore.co.uk and see what we can offer.
We hope to hear from you soon!