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11/15/2021 12:56:35 PM · #1
My Mom has some OLD photos (late 1800s/early 1900s) and a couple of tintypes that we "kids" want to get restored for her. Does anyone have experience with one of the myriad companies that offer this service?

TIA.
11/15/2021 01:08:25 PM · #2
If you just want them scanned and digitally updated I don't think it matters that much.

However, if you want actual restoration/conservation of the originals I would suggest contacting a museum or university art department for a recommendation.
11/15/2021 01:12:08 PM · #3
There are tears, spots, fading and cracks that need fixing. I'm just not good enough with Photoshop to be able to fix that level of damage in a scan.
11/15/2021 01:31:02 PM · #4
There are certainly a number of folks on DPC who would be capable of the needed work. Some information that would be helpful:
- How many photos are there?
- What size are the photos, physically?
- Are you capable/confident to capture the digital files yourself, or would you be looking to have this done as well?
- Are the photos mounted or framed currently?

The second question is critical. Anytime you send the physical photos, there is risk (mainly shipping risk). If you can avoid that, great, but don't shy away from it if it means the best reproduction quality.
11/15/2021 01:41:19 PM · #5
I have to get my hands on them again to answer accurately, but I remember about a dozen of them (including the tintypes), mostly small (less than 4x6) but a couple more like 8x10, most unframed. As far as scanning goes, I just have a basic printer/copier/scanner. I don't know if that's good enough.

I will have access to them Thanksgiving weekend. I'm not averse to shipping them if that is necessary. Right now they're all in a box under the bed, mostly with multiples in big envelopes. So to some extent leaving them where they are is risky, too.
11/15/2021 02:05:27 PM · #6
Whatever scanner you use make sure you only scan and the "native" resolution (the physical sensors) -- don't have the scanner interpolate/upsample; you can always do that later if necessary ...

Ideally you want to scan at 1200ppi to allow for better detail and printing enlargements.
11/15/2021 06:09:15 PM · #7
What make and model is your printer/scanner? I can look up the specs and let you know what I think are the best settings to scan with for that unit. I'm betting that you can get pretty decent scans from it.
It would be great if you could post just very basic images, e.g. phone captures, of each of the photos so we know what extent of remediation is needed.
11/15/2021 07:06:03 PM · #8
Originally posted by kirbic:

What make and model is your printer/scanner? I can look up the specs and let you know what I think are the best settings to scan with for that unit. I'm betting that you can get pretty decent scans from it.
It would be great if you could post just very basic images, e.g. phone captures, of each of the photos so we know what extent of remediation is needed.


Printer is an HP OfficeJet Pro 9025. Scan resolution 1200dpi. I just looked it up ;-)

Here are some of the pictures. I took quick shots of them the last time I was at my Mom's. Since I found 16, I'm guessing the total number we want restored would be more like 20 images. Maybe 25. Some are clearly in better shape than others.

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11/16/2021 09:26:51 AM · #9
Some of them would be relatively easy, others would represent some tedious work to clean up properly, as is often the case with photos that are this old. Most don't really require really high resolution scans since there is not a lot of fine detail. The biggest challenge is that your scanner is only 8-bit in grayscale. I'd scan in color at 600 DPI and convert later. Some of the photos lack detail in the highlights, and it might be beneficial to scan these twice, once lighter and once darker, to enable as much detail recovery as possible.
11/16/2021 03:36:58 PM · #10
Originally posted by kirbic:

... it might be beneficial to scan these twice, once lighter and once darker, to enable as much detail recovery as possible.

and run those through HDR software?
11/17/2021 08:52:51 AM · #11
I am of no help, but wanted to say, lovely photos, loved going through them
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