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Hannah Morris, photographer, specialising in weddings, trash the dress shoots and fun family portraits, based on the Isle of Mull via Oban
About photographic restoration.
Restoration is a labour of love because it is so time consuming (and addictive) that I can never charge the client what it has really cost me in terms of time and effort. Old photographs are often sepia, that is, shades of brown, through to light cream and consequently the correct colouring must be used for the re-touching otherwise it will not look authentic.
I use parts of the photograph that are of good quality to correct the parts that are damaged. However, the finished product must be true to the integrity of the original picture, and this is so difficult to do successfully that I often have to repeat certain sections many times before I am satisfied.
Sometimes, in the old days, photographers would hand tint black and white photographs because they could not shoot in colour. They would have a notebook and make a note of the colour of peoples clothes so that they could use the correct colour when re-touching. Shortly after this when colour photgraphy was invented, this proceedure was regarded as "naff" and it disappeared from favour. Nowadays hand colouring is becoming more popular as it represents a bygone age. I can simulate this hand colouring for those clients who wish to create a unique heirloom.
I use high resolution scanning and convert the picture to a digital image, enlarging it if I can do so successfully. First, I fix any faded or discoloured areas and if necessary, recompose the photo to better suit the subject. This will involve reducing a border that may be too large on one side and maybe adding a bit on the other side to balance. Amateurs photographers often cut heads/feet off and I try to balance this out too. Sepia images can be converted to black and white and small scratches are removed from the background. Complex scratches such as those to faces or hands require very much more care.
If you wish, I can remove unwanted people or objects, but think carefully before you decide to have this done, after all, you could be altering history. I can do changes to backgrounds and repair large or multiple tears, restoring extensively damaged areas. I send your finished image on a CD in a presentation tin.