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Subject: Re: Renovation of a photograph
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Subject: Re: Renovation of a photograph
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On 21/01/2018 22:43, philo wrote:
> 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:-
>>> 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.

It's good to read that you are in agreement with Ken! :-)

You have my permission to play with the image I've already posted should 
you wish to do so.

David B.