Have you asked yourself: Why Restore Your Old Photographs?
You are preserving family history. Have you come across a box of old print photos that stirred up lots of memories? Whether it’s from your great-grandparents’ wedding day, or your first steps as a baby, a single image can evoke deep feelings.
Bringing an old photograph back to life is an artform. Only a very skilled artist like me can do a great job restoring a photo. It takes many long hours of skilled craftmanship and love to restore precious memories.
With the advances in technology, it’s possible to edit, enhance and save your images in digital files that you can share with other family members or friends electronically. Too often, important photographs are never seen. They are being stored away in a box somewhere. Photographs are your best memories.
Are those old photographs faded, stained, missing pieces? If that is the case, I can bring your treasured memories to life. your damaged old photo will be transformed into an image that you will enjoy and pass onto your great-grand-children. Scratches, stains, tears, pieces missing, fading, darkening, people, backgrounds or objects will be digitally removed, people can be added. Your original will never be altered in any way, shape, or form.
Before any digital restoration can be performed, the original photo (or film negative) needs to be scanned. This step is critical since it ultimately determines the restoration’s potential. I use the best scanning equipment available.
Some people seem to think they can do photo restoration work because they have photoshop and a scanner that is part of their printer. Sorry it does not work that way. Good photo restoration work requires great skills, state of the art equipment and many hours and patience.
A good restoration work begins with a good scan. Note the difference between both images. The one on the left was scanned with the scanner that comes with a printer. The one on the right, that has much more detail and is sharper, was scanned with a professional scanner.
You probably have come across one of those cheap internet sites that will do a restoration for a ridicule low price, that is the same, no matter how much restoration work the photo needs, and ask you to send them a scan of your photo. Here is a comparison between a restoration sent to one of those cheap internet places and what I offer. Look at the difference in the faces.
The way the background has been handled is another way to differentiate a bad from a good restoration. You can tell that it is a bad restoration work when you find areas (especially in the background) that have been duplicated. I have circled with different color each area that has been duplicated.
You really get what you pay for!
Once the photo is restored, I suggest having copies made to add one more layer of protection to your memories. (There is information about digital files in the page “Preserving photos”)
I am sure that by now you would like to know what the investment will be to have your photo restored. To give you an idea, the investment for a basic photo restoration starts at $95.00. There is no way that I can tell you how much restoring your photograph without seeing it.
Please give me a call at 412-418-4207 to schedule an appointment to get an estimate of what it will cost to bringing back to life the photos of your ancestors.