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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How to Photograph Christmas Lights . . .

Christmas lights are beautiful to behold, and it's not every day of the year that you get to see them.

But how do you capture their beauty in photos?

Dim light, flickering lights and various backgrounds can all make photographing Christmas lights a little tricky.

Nevertheless, you can overcome these obstacles with a little preparation.

Step by Step Instructions

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Preserving the past . . .

By Kevin Winkler

Human beings are visual creatures and restoring old or damaged photographs is a great way to help the past have more meaning to younger generations. It's a way to preserve the past time for the future, to show the world to come that these people, things, animals, were real, that they had meaning, that they were valued and loved by others.

Old photos provide a history lesson. When the photo was taken, the subject meant something to someone. Perhaps the event was something grand, like a wedding; or maybe it was simply a snapshot of a beloved pet. Regardless, that photo tells a story and, when possible, the story must be preserved.

We invite you to let us help you bring those memories back to life. We invite you to let us use our extensive education, professional software, technical knowledge and creativity to capture those fading memories and bring them back to their full glory, so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Visit us today for details about our services and a free, no obligation quote.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Scanning . . .

by Kevin Winkler
Somewhere in your home, there’s probably a box of old photographs you want to have restored. However, unless you know how to use your scanner correctly, the final quality of the digital image can be poor, which will cause a lot of frustration when attempting to have the images brought back to life by a professional.
If you want to reclaim your memories, then it’s worth taking the time to scan them correctly, before attempting to have them restored.

Scanners all work in essentially the same way; they convert photos into a digital format.

You don't need to buy the most expensive, top-of-the-line scanner; an inexpensive flatbed scanner will do the job nicely.

Please note:
Don't try to fix your photos before you scan them; attempts to scrub them clean will only make the damage worse. Just wipe off the dust with a soft brush. Once scanned, a restoration artist can clean up all the scratches and other blemishes in a photo editing program. Don't cut your photos, either. They can be cropped digitally once they're scanned and restored.

If using a flatbed scanner, you place the picture face down on a glass surface and a scanning head moves across the photo, capturing the image, which is then sent to your computer. Be sure to use the scanning software to "highlight" or "select" just the image, otherwise the entire bed of the scanner will be included in the final digital image.
Most scanners come with automatic settings, which are a nice shortcut. These settings allow the picture to be scanned at the highest resolution. Of course, the highest resolution might not be necessary, so customizing the settings becomes more important. 

If your goal is just to preserve your photos, a minimum of 300 dpi should be fine, although I recommend higher settings if you want a small image restored and enlarged. For example, if you want an old wallet-sized image restored and enlarged to an 8 x 10, you will need a higher resolution to create a more professional looking portrait. For enlargements, you will want to scan images up to 600 or higher dpi.

If the photo is in black and white, I recommend scanning in color. The color scan option will give the restoration artist a greater ability to manipulate the image. If you scan in greyscale, some important information can be lost during the scanning process and limit the "richness" of the final, restored image.

Now that you've got your scanner set and your photos ready, the next logical step is to do the actual scanning.

Place the image face down on the glass. (You can hit the "preview" button to check that your photo is clean and positioned correctly before scanning and saving the image)

After you've scanned a photo, save it as a TIFF or JPEG file. A TIFF is higher quality image, but a JPEG will make it easier to e-mail the photos. When you save, do not compress the photo. You'll sacrifice image quality for file size, and the final results will look soft and lacking detail.

Now it's time to clean up those photos. You can find a lot of photo restoration artists online, but, of course, we are the best . . . and our services start at just 15.99.

Feel free to visit us today for a free quote.