Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fascinating detective work by the Independent

The Independent has had a series of articles showing images taken from glass plate negatives that have recently been uncovered in the Somme area.  It is suspected they were taken by a local amature photographer who would have sold the prints from these negatives to subjects to send home to their loved ones.  One set of negatives is particularly interesting as it shows a woman dressed in an NZ uniform, see the story in the following link....
And another about a different image from this time

Restored image

Original image
Postcard images from this era were very popular and like many I have private images that were sent home (England) during this period. This one is of my great grandfather taken in Ypres (Leper) 1917.    It was probably taken by a local photographer and incorporated into a postcard image. 

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Instagram and vintage - they're fun but they are not the only option for your old slides & vintage photos

Recently I have noticed lots of fashion shoots with a vintage or instagram look.  These are great fun. There are now tons of phone apps and photoshop tutorials that show you how to create these effects – which can look great  if chosen well and applied to the right image….
I started to wonder where the idea came from to add these effects...............

I suspect it is a result of home scanning of family photos....
Old colour photos and slides naturally produce this vintage or retro instagram effect because the scanning process just copies the chemical damage caused to the film or print over time.  While some images look nice, others just don’t work.  A lot of people just don’t know how to fix this …..and think their only option is to throw their photos away!

The good news is you have options.  You don’t have to put up with this chemical damage once your images are digitised.  Any digitised image can be colour corrected and restored to bring out the true colours of the original image . In this photo taken in the early 1980s, the original is on the left, the restored one is on the right….

You can also get rid of other unwanted effects - dust, scratches, over exposure, shadow, and even people as in this example from my website which was a Kodachrome slide from the 1960s.

If you have some images sitting round home that look like this…
then give me a call ........they can be saved
Alternatively you can send your scanned photos directly to me via my file up-loader!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Beautiful wedding photos

Often when digitising family collections I do see some amazing photos.  Recently I digitised a rather beautiful set of wedding photos.  Their owner kindly agreed to let me share a few of these beautiful priceless images which she now has captured in a digital form. 

Note these have only been enhanced by conversion to their true black and white.

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