Photo Reproduction and Restoration

 

Photo restoration is the computer enhancement and repair of your priceless old photographs that have been damaged through neglect, damage, or age. Samples are shown below:

 

This photo was approximately one inch in size, badly cracked with parts missing. Shown are the before and after product. The missing parts were reconstructed and the cracks patched. The photo was then enlarged to about three times the size of the original.

BEFORE

AFTER

The original photograph is not damaged in any way. The photo is scanned into the computer and all work is done on the scanned photo and a new original photo is printed on an archival photo printer. All photos are reproduced on special archival photo paper, using specially formulated archival inks -- made to last 200 years without fading.

Photos can be reproduced from:

(Original photos can be enlarged up to 3 times the original size without losing quality.)

slides

negatives, including old glass negatives

positives

from photos (including tintypes, etc)

Even old photos that have been broken into pieces might be restored to an original condition -- depending on the condition of the edges, and where the breaks have occurred.

BEFORE

AFTER

(This photo was bent, badly cracked and considerably soiled.)

A Time Capsule

Photographs represent a precious moment in your life or the lives of friends, neighbors or ancestors. This is a point in someone's life frozen in time, a precious memory of a person, place or thing -- a time capsule, so to speak, of a distant memory. If you want these moments to last far into the future, you need to take care of the storage and handling of these photos.

Most of us have old black and white photos that were taken before the 1900s which are still in pretty good condition. They may be stored in an old shoebox, photograph album or in a drawer. To preserve photos, keep in mind that your photos should not be exposed to conditions that you yourself would not find comfortable, i.e., an unheated or cooled attic or basement. Photos are susceptible to lighting and atmospheric conditions.

Black and white photographs have traditionally lasted longer than color photos. For example, look at photos made before 1950. Most of these were black and white, which will generally last longer than color before noticeable fading occurs. Color photos taken in the 50s and 60s usually show marked deterioration in the color. Much depends on the chemical process used and the permanence can vary considerably due to different processes.

Even today traditional color photographs are only expected to last about 20-22 years before noticeable fading occurs. Fujicolor Crystal Archive film will last a little longer -- approximately 60 years.

With the aid of computers, that life can be extended from 160 to 200 years. Modern archival inks and papers enhance the permanence of photographs considerably.

Protect Your Photographs

There are several things you can do to preserve your photographs for years to come. Among these are:

Have several copies of special photographs in several locations. A valued heirloom photo should be stored and a copy displayed, not the original.

Fire, water and less severe forms of physical destruction, such as bent corners, folds and smudges from greasy fingers can all damage photos. Children will scribble on them if given the chance. Put them in a safe place.

Store you photographs in albums but avoid albums with self-stick "magnetic" pages and plastic covers. Do not use materials with PVC (You will notice a plastic smell) as the chemicals may destroy the photo.

Do not display photographs in bright light, such as direct sunlight, which may cause deterioration in the chemicals used in the processing of the photograph.

If you are framing a photograph, use an acid free mat to keep the photo from touching the glass surface. Metal frames are generally a better choice because they do not hold humidity.

Make copies of really important photographs and give to family or friends so if something happens to them they can be reproduced.

Preserve Your Photographs

One of the most important points in preserving photographs for the future is to identify the who, what, when and where. Family photos may be very important to family members 50 or 75 years from now but if they are not identified, the meaning is lost. Here are some suggestions.

Always label your photos -- the who, what, why, when and where associations with an image makes a world of difference in how it is valued by others.

Never write on a print with a pen, the ink may have chemicals that will damage the picture. Write on the back, using a dark leaded pencil, and don't press so hard that it will damage the front.

Store your photos in plastic sleeves but not back to back. Leave the back visible so you can see any notes without having to remove the photo.

Everyone has seen antique photos in malls, antique shops, lea markets and yard sales that are being sold for little of nothing. Most of them are unmarked. Think of the loss to the families of these people because they do not know who they are -- no one ever identified them and all those who might have known are now gone

There is no time better than the present to label and preserve your old photographs.

We can reproduce and in most cases restore old (or new) photographs to insure that they are not lost. We can also put them on CDs at a nominal cost so you can reproduce them at will. We can preserve your memories and your past.

Basic Fees:

Fees Effective January 1, 2012

Black and White Reproduction on:
5.5" x 8.5" stock - $5.00

8.5" x 11" stock - $10.00

13 x 19 stock - $20.00

 

Color Reproduction on:
5.5" x 8.5" stock - 10.00
8.5" x 11" stock - $15.00

13x 19 stock - $30.00

(We can reproduce your photographs up to 13" x 19")

Restoration to repair damaged photos:
$25 per hour
(not including photo printing)

 

If you don't like the results -- you don't take it, and you don't pay for it. No Hassle. No Problem.

Call Jim Miller

859-734-2787

611 Perryville Street
Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330

jimmillr@bellsouth.net

 

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