It's been a while since my last blog post and I figured it was time for an update. I've been keeping myself busy with all kinds of photography from working at my University's newspaper as a photographer, to working on a special photo project to be released, hopefully, around February 2016. Those topics are for another blog post. This blog post is all about having fun with scanning and digital editing.
Recently, I've undertaken the process of scanning old family prints and old black and white negatives from my darkroom days for some retouching. This is exciting for many reasons. How cool is it to see an old baby picture of yourself or a picture of your Grandfather in his Navy uniform digitized and restored? It's incredible. I've always been an advocate of getting your pictures printed to have a non-digital copy. The same is true for those old prints without digital copies. To work with these old photos and then restore them is an unbelievably satisfying feeling.
This blog post will be a tour of all the fun ways I've been manipulating and restoring these photos.
Now on to the fun!
Let's see the fix!
The color balance is corrected, no more of that gross yellow-gray color. With the light correction, you can actually see the details on the faces, and those obvious scratches and scuff are removed, putting all the focus back to the wedding party.
The next photo has similar problems.
Time for the edit!
The new version fixes all the issues that tome created. The actual paper the image is printed on is very flimsy, almost like a thick sheet of paper. I was very happy to see that it had survived all these years to even get to this state.
Now it's back to the wedding again for one more photo fix.
The skin tone looks healthier, the yuck color is gone, and blemishes were removed. The focus is back on the bride and groom and away from the color/dust issues.
We're going to take a break from these and move on to some colorized photos. These were scanned black and white negatives.
The next coloration:
This next photo is an older print from the late 1950's to the early 1960's.
On to the next picture!
The next photo is one of the biggest challenges in this process. It's a photo from ~ 1929 of my grandmother and her father and their family car.
This next photo is from a black and white negative.
Now we're at the end of this blog post! I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, be sure to leave a comment and let me know.