Q    What is Photo Restoration ?

 What we transfer                            

2   Depending on whether your photos are loose or affixed, the process diverges here.

LOOSE PHOTOS:

We will discuss which of the two scanning resolution options you desire, which is expressed in dpi (dots per inch): Standard Resolution (300 dpi), or High Resolution (600 dpi).

3    The captured images are cropped and color-balanced in Photoshop. The resulting  files are saved as either JPEG or TIFF. Custom file names can be supported (e.g. 1972_NY CentralPark_0045.jpg), so that they are meaningful to you for purposes of archiving and retrieving your images.

What it costs

1    We receive your photos or albums and your order is kept separate, organized and secure. Typically, you are on-hand to discuss your project, so we will go through the materials, noting details such as dates, subject(s), sequence order and/or their grouping (for loose photos).

How we transfer 1-€”2-3

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  • Photos, loose
  • Photos, slipped into album sleeves
  • Photos, affixed in albums as collage

Photos became ubiquitous from the 1970s and replaced photographic slides (popular since the 1930s) as the heirloom media of choice. You may have photos stored in boxes, slipped into photo album sleeves, or pasted into a scrapbook as a collage page.

Either way, when was the last time you looked at them?  Shared them?

If you decide to digitize them, they can be: displayed in digital frames in your home, shared  between siblings (no more squabbling over who stores the albums), or uploaded as rare finds to social media websites.

Relative Use of Standard v. High Resolution scans:

Standard (300 dpi) Resolution           High (600 dpi) Resolution

  • print enlargements
  • retaining maximum detail
  • "future proofing"
  • same size prints
  • display online
  • digital photo frames
  • digital slide shows

SCRAPBOOK & COLLAGE PAGES:

For over-sized pages, or pages with texture and height,  a copy stand (maximum page size 20"x20") is utilized, with a High Resolution digital camera and cool fluorescent lighting.

"Digital photograph restoration is the practice of restoring the appearance of a digital copy of a physical photograph which has been damaged by natural, man made, or environmental causes or simply affected by age or neglect." Wikipedia definition

 Q    Why would some of my photos have  a pink tone, and others  a  slightly yellow cast, and still others just look a bit faded ?

The color fading (and color-shifting) of old film is inevitable.  The rate of deterioration depends on the storage conditions and the film type.

Black and white film is the most stable, and examples from the 1800s are still in existence.

Among the color print films, Kodachrome film dyes are very stable, but color shifting will occur  over time.

Dyes degrate at different rates, with magenta being the longest lasting, eventually resulting in a pale reddish image with little if any other colors discernable.

We begin by air brushing away loose particles that will mar the scanned image. Then, we use high-end scaning equipment to capture digital images (without a  intervening glass base, eliminating one typical source of image distortion when scanning).

To make your archived images available to a wider audience, you may have your digital files output to DVD or Blu-ray disc in video format for viewing on TV.

Your images can be turned into a basic slideshow, with dissolves between images; or, professionally edited into a heirloom keepsake that may feature any mix of media:

  • home movies
  • still images
  • scanned documents
  • background music

 Photoshop composite of still image. (Added to Video slideshow. )

Video slideshow for viewing on TV or social media site (e.g. YouTube)

The pricing above is for loose photos. There is a charge of $0.20 per photo to remove and replace photos to an album