Saturday, April 28, 2012

From Tintype to Digital

A friend brought to me 2 tintype photographs of her Great Great Grandparents. Oh they are wonderful. I wish I had photos of my ancestors dating back that far. These photos may be dated somewhere in the 1880's is my guess. Quite good condition for their age. 

Original scan
Original scan

Once I lightened them up did I notice all the scratches and marks. Cleaning it up was fairly easy. She asked me to put them side by side to make one photo of the both together to frame.
Lightened showing scratches
Lighten showing scratches
Restored with his name

Restored with her name



I thought this would be easy too but oh was actually the hardest part of this project. I had to go through many many backgrounds to find the right that just makes it the perfect. It has to be the one that makes you go "Oh yea!" at first glance. I did find a few, the tapestry background turned out to be my favorite and hers too.


Now she has them digitalized for safe keeping. It's best to have the original, but you should scan them to make copies. Put them on CD's and pass them to your family. Sharing is a good thing and this way you have copies as backups just in case the original disappears. Digitizing your photos is a very good idea. The only thing that bothers me is will the file name of the person stay with the photo for identification. You can add details to the properties of the file but you don't see it up front. It's still a good idea.
Thank you so much Patti for entrusting in me with your precious photos and the honor of bringing these photos back to life. You have lovely ancestors, enjoy!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Little Grandma Lillian

This photo is a mess. Spots all over, stains here and there, a tear, chips and cracks. Just a messy mess. Good thing there is software to fix these problems. Good thing I love restoring these photos. 
After Sepia Tone
She is holding her doll and her short pixie hair cut, I could only imagine her in a pink dress. She may have originally worn a white dress, but pink is just the only color a little girl should wear.

After Colorized
Adding a touch of color adds something special to these old photos. I usually like to keep the photos as original as possible, but adding a touch of color adds something special to these photos. This project I created in black & white, sepia tone and colorized.

This one belongs to a friend of mine. The adorable tiny girl is her grandmother. Little Lillian Long we figured is about 3 years old in this photo in 1906. Enjoy your photo Mickey! It was a pleasure working on it and meeting your grandmother.