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17 February 2019

How to Scan a Photo for Restoration

One of the most important factors for achieving a good photo restoration result is starting with a high quality scan, as the quality of the final result is directly related to the quality of the supplied scan.

One of the most common issues when I receive an enquiry is supplying a low quality scan, so here is a guide ‘How to Scan a Photo for Restoration’ .

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17 November 2018

1940s glass blowers revealed from scanning glass plates

Thomas William Wingent, born in 1904, was a member of The Society of Glass Technology (SGT) from 1942 to 1959. A society for individuals and organisations with a professional interest in glass manufacture and usage. SGT was founded in Sheffield in 1917.

A selection of glass plate negatives from the 1940s, reveal fascinating photos of glass blowing technicians and various tools and apparatus.

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29 July 2018

Colourise Black & White Wedding Photos

Your wedding day is one of the most special moments of your life and having photos is a perfect way to remember it. However, in the days before colour photography, over time these memories you hold will fade and you may be left wondering “what colour flowers did we have?”.

Worry not, you can colourise black and white wedding photos.

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7 July 2018

Colourise Black & White Football Photos

Moments in football are often dramatic, but do old black & white football photos carry the same excitement as ones from the modern day? Colourising old football photos gives them a new lease of life, as you can see in the photo of Anthony Nicholas and Jimmy Greaves  during training at Chelsea.

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7 July 2018

Colourise Black & White World War Photos

Our heroes of War deserve to be remembered by more than a faded black and white photo, they deserve to be remembered in full colour. Adding colour to these  historic moments brings them back to life and highlights all the tiny details that are often missed in black and white.

Here are a collection of colourised military and World War photos.

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30 March 2018

RAF Centenary – Colourised RAF Photos Brought to Life

On 1st April 2018, the world’s first independent air force – the Royal Air Force celebrates their 100th Anniversary. RAF Marham delved into their old photo archives, selecting photos of 51 Squadron Royal Flying Corps, engine fitters and aircrafts such as Fe2b and the Wellington Bomber. As part of the RAF Centenary celebrations, these photos have been breathtakingly colourised, bringing these special historical moments to life.

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24 March 2018

Documenting Family History – My Grandad’s Life Story

Since retiring, my Grandad – Roy Arthur Sharp, has been writing his life story. It may have taken him 20 odd years to complete but he got there in the end!  He is always full of stories and with us all living busy lives remembering them will be difficult, that’s why documenting family history is important. It was a pleasure to turn his life story into a printed book, for him to hand out to our family so we can share and refer to those moments for years to come.

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30 December 2017

How much does photo restoration cost?

Every old photo has been on its own unique journey. Whether its been – carried around in a purse, framed in front of a window,  stored in a damp loft or battered by the elements of war. So, how much does photo restoration cost?

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30 September 2017

Colourised Prisoner Photos of Barnsley’s Criminal Past

Murder, theft and even a case of ‘furious driving’; Barnsley Archives delve into history to unlock criminal tales of the Victorian era. To coincide with their exhibition Changing Crimes: True Stories of Barnsley’s Criminal Past’, colourised prisoner photos have brought these moments to life.

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13 July 2017

Dad who has everything — How about a colourised black & white photo?

So, it’s that time of year again when you’re trying to think of birthday gift ideas for Dad. He has everything and doesn’t want anything — I’m sure it’s a common problem!  I decided to colourise a black & white photo, so I scanned his favourite old family photo and got started!

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