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Tell It Like It Was - Peeling Paint

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Old photos often hold visual clues of how life really was, and it usually wasn't perfect.  Unless you're planning to turn a picture into a formal portrait, I say leave in the laundry, the weeds, and even the peeling, flaking paint! 


The photo below shows my dad in his walker (or is it a riding lawnmower?).  I could "repaint" the house, but in 1949 the house was lived in.  When I look at this picture, after I fixed the scratches, ink marks, and creases, I think of my grandparents raising four kids in house built at the turn of the century.  A house that still faces the Upstate NY winters - except now it has vinyl siding.



Restoration Video - New Background

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

It's important when replacing a background on a photograph for it to blend seamlessly and look like it could have been part of the original, matching both tone and texture.  Many times I see "restorations" where the subject appears to have been "cut out" and "pasted" bringing visions of scrapbooking to mind.


Check out how Uncle Hip's WWII Army Air Force Portrait looks with a new background!


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What goes into a restoration?

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Did you ever wonder what actually goes into a restoration?  Check out this video to see how a too dark snapshot was transformed!

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