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On 01/21/2018 03:30 PM, Ken Hart wrote:
> On 01/21/2018 01:10 PM, David B. wrote:
>> Hi
>>
>> My elderly sister managed to send me a photograph today of our 
>> grandfather. It was taken before he was killed during the first World 
>> War.
>>
>> Here is a copy of same:-  https://imgur.com/a/7XRdW
>>
>> How best can the image be improved?
>>
> 
> First, scan it with a flatbed scanner rather than photographing it, so 
> you won't have the shadows.
> Second, those creases may show up less depending on which way you turn 
> the photo in the scanner, so try four scans rotating the photo a 
> quarter-turn for each one. Pick the best.
> Third, I've seen much worse photos than this one. You are lucky to have 
> one that has held up so well. Convert it to black and white, increase 
> the contrast just a bit, and use cloning to get rid of the creases. Or 
> just leave it as is- it's an old photo, let it look old.
> Finally, make (or have made) good quality prints for both you and your 
> sister. Go to an art supply store and get a low-acid envelope (or other 
> container) for the original, and store it someplace safe for your 
> grandchildren.
> 



Excellent advice.

I agree. Fix it up a bit perhaps but do not over-do it.

Some imperfections will help show the age.


Were I doing it, I'd increase the contrast a bit and reduce the creases 
and that would be about it.