of Photos, Slides and Negatives
We are in the digital age - television, radio, music
and even cameras, have all gone digital. When information is captured
in a digital form it preserves the data with more permanence and
purity and facilitates enhancement using powerful computer-based
It's the same with photographs that have aged or have
been inadvertently damaged. The method used to digitise photographs,
slides and negatives is called scanning. Once an image is digitised
it can be preserved, enhanced and repaired to an extent that would
be difficult if not impossible using traditional photographic methods.
At Astroprints we have more than nine years of experience
in producing faithful scanned reproductions, using three different
professional-class scanners aimed respectively at medium and large
format film; 35mm and APS format film, and documents or photographs
up to 11x16" in size. After scanning, we have a digital image
which we can then enhance and repair on a computer using advanced
processing techniques (more on this below).
Consider what we can do: photographs
are an important part of our family heritage; they become increasingly
important with age, yet they also deteriorate increasingly with
age. We can take a battered old photo and transform it into something
of beauty, that will bring precious memories flooding back, that
can be treasured by you and your forebears for eternity. While the
reconstructed photograph will not last for eternity, we provide
you with a digital file which will enable further photographs to
be produced in the future - which with reasonable care, should last
The restored photograph above shows many aspects
of what we can do: repair of major damage including tears, splits,
and creases; removal of major blotches, stains and fading; removal
of minor spots and blotches, and colour cast correction. But there
is more; at the request of her daughter the bridesmaid on the left
is now facing the camera and her bouquet no longer obscures part
of her face*. We have also cleaned up the cracked pavement. The
restored photograph has sufficient quality to make a 10x12"
enlargement. Thus from a battered old photo we have created an heirloom
to be treasured by the descendants of these fine people for eternity.
Let us do the same for your treasured old photos.
*Note that any major reconstruction is done by
consultation, never at our discretion alone.
How does it
First and foremost, we give
you back your original print, completely unaltered. This is important,
as sometimes a photo becomes a keepsake because of the damage, and
the way it was damaged.
The first step is to scan the photograph (or slide)
at high resolution (which does not alter the original in any way).
At this point the original becomes digitised and all work from that
point is digital. To repair and/or reconstruct an image we use Photoshop
in combination with other advanced image processing applications,
using techniques which we have learned and refined over nearly ten
years. Once the work is complete we produce a print (to your specifications)
and we preserve the digital image on CD-ROM, both of which we deliver
Our focus is on advanced repair and reconstruction
work - some consumer level scanners include software which
is capable of some basic repair such as dust or spot removal, and
basic colour cast removal. If this is all your photo needs, and
you feel capable, then we encourage you to "do it yourself".
Of course, we are more than happy to do such work if you wish, however
these days it has become a basic capability which many can do themselves.
The level of work that we do requires many years of experience,
using advanced equipment and software applications.
How much does it cost?
In the case of digital repair and restoration, this is a difficult
question to answer without inspecting the original, because so much
depends on the extent of the deterioration or damage. It is best
to contact us in the first instance, since we can often give an
estimate from a rough description by phone or email. If the estimate
seems reasonable then we would ask you to send the original to us
whereupon we will provide a firm quote. Usually this will be within
10-20% of the estimate. If the quote is acceptable then we will
proceed with the work. In the meantime here are some rough guidelines:
Minor Remedial Work
Examples: removal of spots, dust, minor scratches, tonal and
colour balance correction
|Included in price of scan
Moderate Repair or Reconstruction
Example: the above including removal of significant blemishes
(dust, spots, scratches); uniform colour cast correction
|£20 - £50 depending on the extent
of work required
Major Repair or Reconstruction
Examples: the above including major tears, splits, and creases;
removal of major blotches, stains and fading; irregular colour
|£50 - £150 depending on condition
of original and the extent of work required
The above is a rough guide only - as always, please Contact
us to discuss your requirement - we are more than willing to agree
appropriate pricing for multiple orders and special requirements.