Being a photographer is similar to being an IT Professional. When people realized I worked with computers, I was asked to fix them, setup home networks, recommend purchases, etc. When people learned I was into photography, I was asked to photograph events, weddings, etc. I’m also consulted for camera purchases and to provide suggestions to improve people’s photos. The main difference between the two is I’m a paid IT professional with a college degree and certifications attesting to my knowledge. Photography is a passion of mine and I make no claims of expert insight. I share what I do to keep family and friends informed and to eventually transition my passion into a profit.
A friend asked me to restore an old photograph of her mom with family. I told her I’d see what I could do but I could make no promises. This was the first time I received such a request. As a photographer, I use several programs to enhance my images or create a different look to them. Restoring an old photo was a new challenge, but an opportunity to add another dimension to my photographic repertoire.
There were a few things the photo needed. I had to remove scratches and provide color corrections to the image.
After I removed the scratches, the photo still had a rough look that is often associated with noise in today’s digital images. However, removing noise softens the image and the photograph looses detail. Therefore, I manually removed some noise and corrected the color.
I did this within a couple of hours. I wanted to improve the photo some more. However, time was of the essence and I had to get it back to her. The project encouraged me to learn more about editing and retouching old photos. I have several and I look forward to applying the techniques I learned.
P.S. I spoke with my friend and she loved the photo. She made it into a calendar for her mom for Christmas! As we shop this season, sometimes the best gifts are the old ones we have that only need updating and used in a new way.