Take a look at your collection of old photos. Are there precious memories there you wish to preserve forever? Are some of your photographs fading? Are they ripped or creased? Do they have dust and scratches on them? Scotch tape marks? You might not have realized there was a problem with them until you look at them after many years of storage. No matter how carefully stored, your photo collections are, in fact, fading away and deteriorating. In fact, over time you may lose them completely. And, not to mention something terrible happening to them, like fire and flood. This is why you should consider restoring them in a digital format so you will have them forever!
Why Restore Your Old Photographs?
You are preserving your family history for future generations! With the advances in technology, your photos can be restored and saved in a digital format enabling you to share them with family and friends. Too often, important photographs are never seen being stored away in a box somewhere! Photographs are your best memories.
Preserve your Family's Memories for Future Generations.
A primary benefit is the preservation of your memories in digital format. In the case of deteriorating photographs, time is important.
Remove and Repair Imperfections
You may be able to digitally scan your old photographs yourself but to restore photos and to remove imperfections you will need an expert.
Experts can restore historic photographs. For example, here is a wonderful family memory, a photograph circa early 1950s of my grandfather with the cast of Coronation Street (a long running British TV show). How cool is that? My grandfather has long passed, but the unique photo of him lives on in my family. My mother had written on the photo and the photo has become faded and torn, with tape marks on the corners.
Add Sepia or Full Colour to Black and White Photographs
When restoring old photos, we can add a natural sepia to old black and white photos so all your restored images match each other. We can even transform your images to full colour. Professional restoration and editing techniques can add clearer focus or sharpness.
Electronic Storage and Ease of Sharing
Restoring old photographs allows you to convert them to digital images, which are easy to store and share with friends or family. With advances in technology, it’s possible to take an entire photo collection and store it on CD, USB or memory stick. This can be a convenient way to retrieve a particular group of photographs or safely secure an additional copy, which will last virtually indefinitely. You can share digital copies through email or print as many copies as you need.
For historians, or family history buffs, the benefits of restoring old photos and storing them digitally is often considered priceless. The genealogical benefits are important to anybody trying to build a family tree. Expert restoration techniques should be used on any historically-significant photographs.
Cathy & Jenn of CatsMac Photography, Cobourg, Ontario.