FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT PHOTO RESTORATION
How is a photo restored?
- Firstly, your damaged photograph is scanned using a professional high resolution scanner. It is preferable that we do this. However, if this is not possible, and if the scan quality is good enough, you can email your digital image to us. See Directions for scanning.
- The digital copy of your photograph is carefully and skilfully repaired on a computer.
- If you wish, we send you a proof to approve.
- Our printers can make a high quality new print of the restored image - the cost of your print depends on the size - or we can email the digital image to you so you can have prints made at a printing shop near you.
- If we scan your original photo, it will be returned to you unchanged.
Why have my photos faded, changed colour and developed stains?
Over time light, humidity and pollutants in the air break down photographic paper. Degradation will eventually deplete the photo of important fine detail which can be irretrievable.
How long does a photo last?
Quality photographic paper manufacturers say that a new professional photographic print should maintain its detail and resist fading for up to 100 years if it is properly stored away from moisture and light.
Can every photo be fixed no matter how badly damaged it is?
Restoration of very badly damaged photos is usually possible but requires hours of complex work. Photos with little or moderate damage are easily able to be brought back to their original condition. So it's important to catch a deteriorating photo in time.
Can original photos be repaired?
This would require the expertise of a professional conservator and in most cases would not be considered a viable option. The digital repair process is economical and enables a restorer to reproduce a perfect copy of the original.
Can the original paper of an old photo be reproduced?
Most likely. There are many types of textured fine art paper that can be used.
Is there a limit to photograph size?
No. We can enlarge or reduce any photograph to any size.
How much will it cost?
The cost of your repair depends on the complexity of the work, the length of time it takes and the size of the print. Scans and prints of 6x4 inch size are included in the cost. Larger scans and prints will be quoted before work commences.
What should I do with a photograph I'd like restored that is glued in an album or stuck to the glass?
Original photos can be scanned and copied without removing them from an album, and also when they are fused to glass. If a photo is not flat, or we are not able to scan it for any other reason, it can be rephotographed in a studio with the same result.
Why should I consider having my photographs digitally repaired?
With professional digital repair your original photo is untouched and will be safely returned to you. It is scanned, restored to its original condition, and a new print made on high quality photographic paper.
Quick DIY photo labs can perform basic tasks on a scanned photo - such as cropping and lightening or darkening an image. However, with professional digital imaging the focus is on the individual photograph and the results are of significantly higher quality.
Are there other benefits of professional digital retouching?
With this process your restored photographs can be burned to a disk or memory stick or can be stored on your computer. This will also enable you to have copies of your prints made at any time.
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