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Caring for your Photographs

Treasures from the Past

A photograph is a wonderful, complex, and interesting object. They are often glimpses into someone’s life; usually a joyful event that is captured forever.

Because there is such an abundance of photos now (it seems everyone has at least one camera) we tend to forget how valuable,

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Orphaned Photos & Researching Your Family History On eBay

Up in your attic, or tucked away in a cedar chest, you happen to find some very old, weathered photos. You think the people in them may be family – long-lost ancestors – and the setting (a homestead or town, for example) significant. You have no way to be certain,

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The Top 10 Tips for Scanning Photos

  1. I know the cheap ones are tempting, but plan to spend more than $100 on a new scanner. You truly do get what you pay for.
  1. If you have a lot of 35mm film or slides to scan don’t expect great results from a flatbed scanner.

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How to Scan a Photo for Restoration

First, check your photos for dirt, lint, or smudges. Gently remove surface dust and dirt with a soft brush or lint-free photo wipe. Also check the scanner glass for lint, hair, fingerprints, or smudges. Use a lint-free pad or wipe to thoroughly clean the glass (household glass cleaner or anything that’s sold for cleaning camera lenses will work for your scanner).

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Breathtaking Photo Restoration Begins With the Scanner

Before any digital restoration can be performed, the original photo (or film negative) needs to be scanned. This step is critical, since it ultimately determines the quality of your restored photo.

  • The Scanner:
    Needless to say, try and use the best scanning equipment and software possible!

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