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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 […]

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Hidden Treasure

By |March 29th, 2012|

It’s amazing how much information can be found in images, faded by time.  This photograph was presented to me recently;  the owner fully aware of how faded it had become and appreciative of any attempt to restore it.  My comments to her when I first scanned it were something along the lines of, “great news! […]

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Sometimes images are just too fragile to scan

By |February 8th, 2012|

I prefer to scan my images for restoration where possible but with this one, it simply wasn’t an option…..for two reasons;

The image was presented to me while on holidays.  I didn’t have access to my scanner or computer and even if I did it would have involved removing the image from the deeply matted frame […]

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Hmmm……Polaroid Photos

By |January 25th, 2012|

Polaroid photos have never been noted for their superior quality and the one taken of my son today at the MCG by organisers of the cricket clinic he attended with the Victorian Bushrangers is no exception.  In fact, it’s pretty horrible.  The composition and lighting are fine and it’s a great memento of my son […]

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Why scan RGB?

By |January 5th, 2012|

I use this image in my Photo Restoration courses.  It is badly stained and on first glance, looks like it would take hours to restore.  And had I scanned it as a greyscale image it probably would.

But I never scan photographic images in greyscale.  I’m a big fan of RGB (red, green blue).  Let me […]

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In Need Of a Little TLC

By |January 1st, 2012|

I come across quite a few images like this one; quite obviously treasured by the owner but in need of a little TLC. Restoration wasn't particularly difficult in this case but it was time consuming.
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Reconstructing the Past

By |November 7th, 2011|

The way we restore photographs today is quite different to the way images were restored before computers, but the concept remains the same.  Some restorations are purely objective;  the image has obvious damage with an obvious restoration solution.  Spots, tears and scratches are repaired, mould and stains removed and sometimes, the ‘jigsaw’ is pieced back […]

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Photo Restoration and Retouching Books I LOVE!

By |October 28th, 2011|

Apart form one short  course back in 2000, I am completely self taught when it comes to Photoshop. I learnt from necessity when I was teaching in high schools, staying just one step ahead of my tech savvy students. It wasn’t until I started my business and in particular restoring photographs that I realised how […]

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A touch of colour to brighten your day

By |October 12th, 2011|

I don’t remember when I first fell in love with photography but I do know it was at a very early age.

There are a few photos that I remember fondly from my childhood.  One of them is my parents’ wedding photograph which originally hung on the lounge room wall of the family home but was […]

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It pays to sit up the front!

By |January 22nd, 2011|

Last May, at very late notice I was asked to fill in for a speaker who had fallen ill, at the VAFHO State Conference in Yarrawonga.  I made my journey to Yarrawonga early in the morning and proceeded to set up in the large room which had been allocated for my presentation. There was still […]