This is a photo that had some discolouration damage, creases and scratches.
The finished image has had the discoloured areas removed, with a general overall repair, and enhance.
This is a recent digital photo retouching of a black and white photo from the 1960s of a band playing a gig. The brief of this job was to restore some minor damage, and then colour the photo to approximately how the colours were at the time. I was briefed on the approximate colouring of the clothes worn by the band and their hair colour, the colouring of the drum to the left, and the general colouring of the surroundings and mood of lighting.
Especially important was the fact that the guitarist’s guitar had a sunburst finish, so it was important to get that to be as close as possible to how it would have looked.
Below are the before and after images. (Click on the image to have a closer look).
This photo below has been folded and creased and appears to be in a bad way! However, believe it or not, this photo is in fairly good condition.
When I looked at this photo, the first thing I noticed was that the girl’s face is intact, apart from the crease below the mouth, and the for the most part, there is no other real damage to the image apart from the creases themselves.
The creases were also running through areas that are mainly textures. Any features that are defined, such as eyes, nose, mouth and hands have escaped damage. As a result, this image was certainly repairable.
If you click the images below, you can see a larger version and can compare the before and after view.
If you have similar images like this, of a single subject against a general textured background, with the main distinguishing features intact (face and hands), and large areas of background intact, you’d be surprise to know that it can be repaired quite easily.
Read more to see the finished result.
This job is a major retouch job. As you can see, there has been very extensive damage to this photo. Damage through the centre now obscures some of the men in that area, and this damaged area is virtually lost and beyond repair. What had to happen was that a sliver through this area had to be chopped out, (digitally of course), and three of the men on the centre were unfortunately removed from the image. Extensive repairs were done around these areas to bring back some of the people at the front. As much of the original was retained, but a few people had to be ‘duplicated’ in order to place more people in areas where people were obscured in the original damaged areas.
In fact, in this photo, is Corporal Howard Elliott. If anyone has ever seen the Combined Services Memorial at Westminster Abbey in London, the representative of the Parachute Regiment in this memorial is Corporal Howard Elliott. I was lucky enough to do digital photo restoration work on the original photograph of Howard Elliott posing for sculptor Gilbert Ledward for this part of the memorial, who designed this memorial.
This is an example of a photo that has remained intact overall, with just a free creases, some marks and a little fading. The photo had repairs done on the creases and marks, and then a digital enhancement to the colours to bring back some of the life and vibrancy in the image to freshen it up.
This level of retouching is quite a simple job, especially as the faces are mostly intact with no damage, apart from a slight crease over the faces of the two bridesmaids.