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The ideal situation for a quality photo restoration is to work directly from the original photo. It starts with
scanning the photo from different angles at a very high resolution. This step is imperative to achieve the best
results. In circumstances where this is not feasible, exceptions might be made in situations where very high resolution digital copies can be provided and the damage to the original photo or document is not too extensive. If rebuilding of the image is required the original image is needed. Also if parts of a face are missing it is very helpful if there are other images of that person available. After scanning the original is
immediately returned to the owner and the the image is worked on in numerous software programs at a
magnification level that allows for working on individual pixels. This is critical in preserving as much of the
original information in the file while as accurately as possible rebuilding the damaged sections. When the photo
is finished a digital copy of the original and the restored image are saved onto a dvd. It is strongly encouraged
that as technology advances these files are transferred in the future to whatever technology offers. It is also
encouraged that digital files are stored in at least two separate locations.
Very often it is possible to get a high quality 8x10 image from a small original. Prints of the restored image are made using the highest quality archival paper and inks available. If handled properly these new photographs
should last well over one hundred years.
No two photographs are alike and each requires magnified examination to determine how much time is needed to restore it. Experience shows that sometimes a photo that appears extensively damaged is repaired in a
relatively short amount of time while at first glance an image that appears to have minor damage may have
quite a few flaws that are tediously time consuming. After a photo is examined a free consultation and estimate is provided. Cost is determined on an hourly rate of $45.00. Generally minor repair, color correction or enhancements cost around $25.00 Moderate repair including cracks, creases and some reconstruction can cost between $50 and $100. Major and
extreme repair where significant parts of a photo are missing and the paper emulsion is badly cracked and
deteriorated can require considerable time to restore. There can sometimes be shortcuts taken to lower the cost of repair - such as changing the background or replacing certain aspects of a photo. All these considerations are discussed at the time of consultation when an estimate is given.
A DVD with digital copies of the photo(s) is included in the restoration cost.
Archival print prices:
Portrait enhancements such as wrinkle and blemish removal, weight reduction and glamour enhancements are available as well as removing people or objects from a photo.