I know that many of you are just reading this blog for a snippet of help so you can restore your old photos yourself, fair play, we all do research! It’s important to research both the techniques and the tools to use them.
This post is more about recent trends we have noticed in photo restoration from our location in sunny green Hampshire. Photo restorations come to us in a variety of ages. Many folks that contact us, have modern photos that need repairing. The age of them is of no consequence to us, just that we can help restore the photos. A big part if this is photo colouring. Many of the photos we restore and colourize cannot be posted on our blog. You probably see great swathes of coloured images on the net, splashed around websites but not so many on this blog. Why is that? We always ask if images can be used on the blog but invariably the restorations are for special occasions and displaying them ahead of time could ruin the surprise.
Note: If you are one of our customers who wanted to have your story and image on the blog please get in touch and we can display your before and after, restored old photo, here with pride.
Other reasons for not displaying images are bereavements, or breakups, emotional reasons. Photos are personal and not everyone wants to share them. Clients come from all backgrounds and when it comes to putting personal old photos on the web, understandably some are very cautious.
There also technical reasons for not displaying your old photos on the web too. In recent weeks in the news, “orphaned photos” have become a big topic of discussion. “Old orphaned” images can be harvested and used for personal gain. Basically, an orphaned image is one without any digital tag, owner information or details from where it originated. Old restored photos are not always tagged correctly or contain any information at all. You should always make sure that your digital images are as protected as possible when displaying them. You don’t want your aged family heirloom becoming someone Else’s property. The are many articles about this on the web if you wished to investigate this further.
Digital only restorations are also growing in popularity. In short, a digital file is provided to us by email or file upload and then restored and emailed back. This saves posting photos and any cost involved. There are a few drawbacks to this though. It’s not always possible to control the scanning or the digitizing process of the old photos from the customer end. In order to properly quote for, restore to a high standard and provide the image in a choice of sizes the scan must be high resolution and scanned correctly in the first place.
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