Photo Restoration

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All Kinds of Crazy; restoration of a very odd image

By |September 5th, 2018|

I found this image at the Camberwell Sunday Markets and decided it would be a fun restoration challenge.  I like sifting through these old images to find something quirky and on this occassion, I certainly found it!

It wasn’t until I scanned the photograpah and took a closer look that I realised just how strange it […]

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Family Photos: Treasure, the little black pony

By |September 8th, 2016|

A chance to restore some old family photos brought back some very fond memories for photo restorer, Carol Heath. Meet Treasure, the little black pony and her cat friend Ginger.
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Hanging Rock Picnic Races; Restoring History, Pixel By Pixel

By |March 2nd, 2016|

I recently restored this image for the  “Friends of Hanging Rock”, a group who help care for, protect and restore Hanging Rock, a volcanic formation over 6 million years old, located in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria.  Hanging Rock is home of the Hanging Rock Cup and Races and was the setting for the world […]

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Lest We Forget, Anzac Day 2015

By |April 24th, 2015|

This Saturday, 25th April 2015, marks the 100th Anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand, (ANZAC) forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. It is a time for us to remember and to honour those who have served with our armed forces; sadly, many of whom […]

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Difficult Photo Restoration: Sometimes scary!

By |February 20th, 2015|

Occasionally I receive photogrpahs to restore that 'scare' me, not because of the subject matter, but because I question my ability to restore them whilst maintaining the integrity and real likeness of the subjects. This difficult photo restoration was performed for a client in Melbourne, Australia.
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Photo Restoration video…My Restoration workflow

By |August 21st, 2013|

I am often asked if I can share my workflow when restoring images.  This is not always easy because no two images are alike and I often progress with tasks in varying order.  Mostly, I will correct exposure and colour before progressing to the repair of tears, spots, scratches etc.  This is because many of […]

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Grandy Watson photo restoration

By |August 9th, 2013|

When I first set out to teach myself to digitally restore photographs almost a decade ago, my family kindly donated hundreds of images for me to ‘practice on’.   I did restore many of them and learnt a great deal from doing so.  Some of those early images are still featured in the restoration gallery […]

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A Tricky Restoration

By |July 25th, 2013|

In the past few weeks I have had some very difficult images to restore.  There were even times when I doubted my own ability as a restorer but I persisted and would love to share this particular image with you.

The original image appears to have been water damaged and at one time stuck behind glass. […]

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Top Tips for Restoring Photographs

By |June 22nd, 2013|

Top Tips for Restoring  Photographs

I love my job as a photo restorer.  It is such gratifying work. It can also however be very time consuming and sometimes even a little stressful.  Following are just a few useful tips to guide you with your photo restoration tasks.

1. Begin with the best […]

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Restoration of Watercolour Painting

By |June 13th, 2013|

Last week I shared a document restoration.  Continuing on the theme of image restoration (not just photos), I thought I would share this restoration of a watercolour painting with you.

The original image is dated 1856 and is believed to be a painting of an early dwelling in Gipps Street, Richmond.

It has obviously seen better days; […]

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Restoring Old Documents

By |June 4th, 2013|

When it comes to restoring documents, I treat them just as I do photographs.  This certificate had seen better days; torn in two, sections missing and water damage.  The owner wanted a restored copy for display.

I began by scanning each piece individually then stitching them together.  This was the easy part.

Next came the restoration.  I […]

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Now this one was a challenge.

By |April 14th, 2012|

To look at this photograph you would not think it would rate as one of the most challenging images I have ever had to restore. It doesn’t have large sections missing and it isn’t so faded it it barely visible.  It is however covered in tiny spots and stains.  In fact, when I fist saw […]