With today's digital technology it is possible to repair and restore faded and damaged photographs more easily and with far better results than ever before. The original damaged photograph, slide or negative is carefully scanned and all the repair and restoration work is done in the computer on the digital copy, thereby keeping the original safe from damage.
I can restore your damaged black and white or color prints, and can create restored prints from negatives, slides, tintypes or glass plates. After restoration you will receive a new print of your restored photo, and a CD with a high-resolution image file of the restored photograph. Pricing and procedures are detailed at the bottom of this page.
The photograph of the family above dates from the early 1900's. With the passage of years, the original print had faded and yellowed, and the edges of the print became damaged. At some point a copy photograph was made of the original fragile print to preserve the image for the future. That copy photograph (above left) is what I worked from for my restoration.
To create the restoration seen on the right, I first had to make a careful scan of the original. Then the color cast was removed to transform it into a purely black and white image before adjusting the contrast. Next, the dust spots (not readily visible here) were removed and the damaged edges were carefully rebuilt. The image was then sharpened and I finished by adding just a hint of sepia tone back to the restored image. The final image is a vast improvement over the original.
Click on the images in the sidebar at the right to see more restorations.
Photos can be altered to remove people or other elements if so desired, as in the example below. The center woman was removed from the picture and two others were brought together. The background was also adjusted as needed and the image was cropped, which focused attention on the women in the altered photo.
It is not always possible to remove a person or other element from a photograph and obtain a result that looks appropriate. Photographs must be assessed on a case-by-case basis as to whether or not the removal can be done successfully.
Please note that there are some things which digital restoration cannot accomplish.
MINI RESTORATION - $16
MINOR RESTORATION - $32:
MODERATE RESTORATION - $48:
MAJOR RESTORATION - $65 and up:
PHOTO MANIPULATION (Removal or Addition of people, objects, etc.): price to be determined by assessment of image and needs.
COLORIZATION - $40+: color may be added to a black-an-white image. The image must be examined before quoting a price for this service.
ESTIMATES: Examination of the original is required before I can give you a price. There is no charge for the estimate. Once I give you a price for your restoration, it is fixed. Even if it ends up taking me longer to restore the photo than I thought, I will not ask you for more money
ADDITIONAL PRINTS BEYOND 1ST PRINT INCLUDED WITH RESTORATION:
I ask for a 50% deposit to begin work on all orders of more than $100.00. The balance to be paid when you pick up the restoration. I accept personal or business checks, cashier's checks, money orders or cash.
I can work from color or black-and-white prints, slides and negatives of any size film, and glass plates.
SCANNING: Scanning of the original photo is a very important part of the restoration process. While I can work from a client's emailed scan, I can generally achieve much better results if I do the scanning myself with my professional scanner and software. If you do need to scan the image yourself, please follow these guidelines below.
Contact me by phone or email if you have any questions regarding scanning
What you get:
Guarantee: I guarantee my work 100%. I will send you a proof of the restored image for your approval, and I'll continue to work on it until you are satisfied. If I'm unable to produce a restoration that you are happy with, I will refund your money.
To contact me for further information. Email to email@example.com, or telephone 201-920-7058