One of my favourite things about retouching is when we get in a restoration. I can take an old or damaged photograph and return it to it’s former glory! Not only does it often provide a different challenge for me in terms of retouching, but I can take great satisfaction in knowing that those memories can be passed on through the family and preserved for many more years to come. Personally, I am very interested in my own family history, and seeing photos of my great great grandparents is fascinating. I cannot stress enough the importance of saving these images, as the longer they are left the more they can deteriorate, and therefore harder to restore.
Some photographs I have recently worked on came from a lovely gentleman from Belfast, whose wife has sadly passed away. Some were from their wedding day, and another was more recent, but they were varied in terms of the work needed.
The image above started out quite faded, but all that was required was a simple clean up of dust and specks, a boost of contrast and change to true black and white. As it was also being enlarged I sharpened it slightly.
This image was slightly more complicated in that in addition to the usual clean up, there was also some heavy creasing across the photo, and so detail had to be reconstructed on the cake and also the groom’s face.
This is a much more recent photo but out of the three was one of the most complicated, as it was requested that the husband was taken out so it was a photo of just his wife. Again, some reconstruction was involved along with some clever cropping! I also did a full version of the image in which the date in the lower right of the photo was removed.
Our happy customer wrote us a great testimonial saying, “I, no doubt, could get this work carried out here in Belfast but being aware of your professionalism and expertise I know I can be confident of your workmanship.”
So as you can see there is a lot that can be done to improve old photographs, whether it’s a simple clean up and enlargement, or removing people and objects, and reconstructing areas. If you have any photos that are in need of some TLC then please feel free to pop into our studio. We can take a look and make some suggestions as to what can be done.