My heart aches for every one who is suffering from current natural disasters of fires and floods. Fortunately, in some aspect, my family and I haven't been affected by fire or flood. However, we have experienced the tremendous smoke from nearby fires.
On our recent trip to the Grand Tetons we met a wonderful couple who are from Texas. The woman is a wedding planner and brought up the idea that many photo albums are probably damaged due to the floods. And they would need to be saved as much as possible. This brought an idea to my mind....
Here I am given the gift of Photo Restoration. I can be of service! I'm now contemplating on how to go about this. I will gladly offer discounts and/or special offers on batch orders for restoring those precious photos. Unfortunately I am a one woman business and I can't offer unlimited free restorations. But sign up to my newsletter and stay tuned for the official Start up of the Restoration Series Special for Flood victims.
I'm very excited for this idea because many people will see their photo albums in the water and think that all is lost. I can imagine the pain from losing your precious photos. Yet to be able to bring some life back the most memorable ones will be a huge relief, comfort and peace. I don't know what I'd do if I lost all of my daughter's photos. Even more so my baby boy's photos. I don't have him around anymore to create new ones. (He passed away from our Truck accident in 2010)
Just let me assure you that even if you hold that photo in your hand you think to yourself "there's no way this can be fixed", PLEASE don't throw it away. Let me have a look at it. Feel free to email a snapshot of it using your camera or cell phone. Then I will tell you my thoughts on it. Please view the Preparation Tips below.
Gently remove your photos from their plastic sleevesas soon as possible and lay them on a flat surface to let them dry. DO NOT overlay them on top of each other. They will stick and peeling them apart will ruin them completely. Try setting something on the edges of them to prevent them from curling. Maybe a light sticking tape that's easy to peel off. This would work best on photos with a border around it. Please feel free to get a hold of me if you have concerns or questions. I highly recommend you view the helpful videos below when trying to salvage your wet photographs from their albums in more detail.
Scan each photo or lay out a few on the clean glass of your scanner. Go to the settings menu and find the custom settings area. Set the resolution to 300dpi for similar size printing or 600 if you want to enlarge the print. Set to jpg for small projects or TIFF for large projects. Turn off any auto corrective settings. Scan in color. Now, as it starts to scan press down on the scanner lid with your hand. Scan again a couple more times so I can pick the best one that is the most clear and in focus scan.
When it comes to prints that can't be scanned on a scanner like old prints stuck in frames it's better to photograph them. Make sure no sunlight is directly hitting the photo. Be in the shade with no direct light sources around to prevent glares. Set light sources at 45 degree angles. Set your camera photo setting to high quality 8 megapixel or higher. RAW would be best if you have that option. (Canon cameras only). Turn off the flash. Stand directly in front of the photo, be absolutely still (maybe use a tripod or lean against something sturdy), zoom in to fill the viewfinder with the entire photo/frame, make sure it's focused and shoot. Take several shots and email them to me so I can pick the best candidate for editing. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
My philosophy is that photography should lighten up the heart and the eyes with vibrant color, light and majesty as memories flood back into the mind and soul. No cringing allowed. Only magic! I'm a stay at home mom of our little girl! Photo retouching and restoration have always been my passion since the 1990's. When I'm not retouching I take care of my little girl, my husband, follow God and spend time with His people. All while listening to music all the time. ;-) I also enjoy playing the piano, learning to sew, eat Thai food, lifting weights, singing hymns and trying to make my house a home. Read more...