New Book Available for Pre-Order

Posted on December 16, 2020 by Admin under Restoration news

Over the last few years I have been asked if I had a book available covering points I raise in my talks. Well the day has arrived and the book is finished. The Family Detective – a forensic look at the history of family photography is ready for print and due out mid January 2021. […]

How to identify Autochrome and Dufaycolor

Posted on June 21, 2020 by Admin under Restoration news

Cameras found

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Admin under Restoration news

When a neighbour asks me to look at some photographic equipment found in the loft I get a little excited. This turned out to be: A rare 19th century whole plate tailboard camera made by W. Stanley who went on to invent the Stanley knife, a 1920’s quarter plate single lens reflex plus a boxes […]

Autochrome Images Restored

Posted on October 8, 2019 by Admin under Restoration news

Autochrome can be one of the most difficult photographic processes to restore because of the way they were created. They were a fore-runner of Kodachrome or Ektachrome they were produced using dyed starch granules as well as the silver emulsion. This means the final image is very dark and grainy. Restoring them can be difficult […]

Scanner v Camera

Posted on November 19, 2018 by Admin under Restoration news

The established way to get an image into your computer is to use a scanner but that has lots of drawbacks when it comes to a three dimensional subject like an Ambrotype, Daguerreotype or Tintype in a union case. The scanner lens system is designed to focus on the surface closest to the scanner glass. […]

Using ‘Proof’ Photos

Posted on August 29, 2018 by Admin under Restoration news

In the days when photographers used film at weddings they would produce Proof Prints to show the customer and they would then choose the prints they wanted for the album. Albums usually only had 20 prints in them so they had to choose carefully. The photographers wouldn’t spend time carefully printing the proofs so they […]

Repairing a heat affected photo

Posted on August 23, 2018 by Admin under Restoration news

When presented with the latest photo my heart missed a beat as the image was so badly damaged by heat. It was an old black and white photo which had been hand painted. Whilst in it’s frame it had been heated to such an extent that the emulsion had cracked and curled. In places it […]

Restorations from negatives or prints.

Posted on August 8, 2018 by Admin under Restoration news

As a direct comparison here we have an image taken from a photographic print contemporaneous with the negative versus a modern image taken from the same negative and photographed in Raw at Hi-Res.

Probably the best photo restoration service in the country !

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Admin under Restoration news

Over recent weeks I have been combining equipment and practicing techniques which allow me to produce the highest possible resolution images to work on for your photos to be restored. Gone is the scanner. This system produced higher resolutions than the best available home scanners. The resolution is officially higher than that of the current […]

Copy stand v Scanner

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Admin under Restoration news

Most scanners are A4, some expensive ones are A3 but I get photographs for restoration that can be up to 6 ft by 4 ft. No scanner is going to take that. A high resolution scan may be 1200 dpi and create a Tiff file. But – use a modern digital camera that can create […]

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