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What goes into a restoration?

Posted by nrsmcmanus@gmail.com on January 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Did you ever wonder what goes into restoring a photo? 

Watch how this too-dark snapshot was transformed!


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Why Digital

Posted by nrsmcmanus@gmail.com on July 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Before Photoshop, changes were made directly on photos and negatives.  Chemicals, inks, paints, airbrushes and small paint brushes were often used.  Manipulating photos was a skilled craft using artist tools and darkroom tricks of the trade.  Retouching was commonly thought of as "airbrushing" as images were usually edite...

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No To Just Copy and Flip - The Jacket

Posted by nrsmcmanus@gmail.com on June 14, 2015 at 12:45 AM

One of the most widely used tricks in repairing portraits is the copy and flip.  Missing an eye, part of the mouth, an arm or a leg?  Just copy the good side and flip it to use on the other side - easy peasy!  Um...No. 


Unfortunately, people are NOT purely symetrical.  Do you stand with your arms and legs a mirror image of the other?  Are your eyes exactly the same?  Are your ears identical?  No, o...

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Photo Organization - Back It Up NOW!

Posted by nrsmcmanus@gmail.com on May 12, 2015 at 7:15 AM

I almost lost ELEVEN YEARS worth of personal photos and all my scanned and restored family history ones.


I should know better, right?  After all, I work with photos, I know about photo organization, I've heard the horror stories..... you just never think...

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Photo Organization - Digital Files

Posted by nrsmcmanus@gmail.com on April 27, 2015 at 3:20 PM

The coolest thing about digital cameras is the ability to take as many pictures as you wantTo some readers this might not be a big deal, but if you grew up PAYING for both film and developing - it is!  For many of us the camera was reserved for special occasions, and you kept ALL of your photos, be they blurry, off-center, bad lighting, poor composition, long forgotten scenery or duplicates.


Unf...

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