mardi 5 avril 2016

Useful Information About Photo Restoration

By Thomas Murray

A lot of people will have boxes or books full of old family photographs in their homes. Over a period of time many of these pictures will have deteriorated or suffered damage due to bad storage or accidents. There are specialist firms who carry out photo restoration and can repair or restore your old snaps.

Companies can be found in a couple of places to carry out work on your old pictures for a reasonable price. High street photography stores in your area may offer a restoration or repair service. There are also online companies who specialize in restoring photos and a reputable firm can be found after a little research.

After taking you old pictures into a store or sending them away for restoration the company will look through the photos to see what needs doing. They will then contact you and explain what needs to be done and give you a price for the job. The cost will depend on what has to be done to repair the pictures and how many there are. You may be able to negotiate a discount for the work if you are submitting a lot of photos.

Many problems or faults can be fixed by the trained technicians that work for restoration companies and your pictures returned to as good as new. If a photo has faded in the sun it can be bought back to life and the colors restored and improved. Ripped photographs, creases and pit marks can also be invisibly repaired.

Another service offered is turning black and white prints into color. The technicians will use specialist computer software to color the photos and this is a great way of bringing life to an old picture. Your original pictures will still be as they were and will be returned to you along with the new ones.

When your old pictures have been restored the companies will send proof copies of the final images for you to approve. When you have approved the new copies they will be printed as hard copies or digital images will be transferred to disc or hard drive. It is always a good idea to get the digital copies as these can be used as backup copies. Many companies will keep copies of your pictures on file in case they are needed in the future.

If you cannot scan and email your images and have to ship them it is important to make sure they are insured for the journey. The pictures should be carefully packaged to avoid any damage in transit. Any instructions you need to give to the companies regarding the work should be sent with the photos or emailed to them before they start restoring.

After you new photographs have been sent back to you it is essential to take care of them and make sure they are stored properly in albums or secure boxes. Always keep photographic prints out of the sun and away from water or damp areas. Any digital copies should be backed up on another device in case the originals are lost.

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