Archive for the ‘photo editing’ Category

Mentioned in today’s teleseminar

Here are a few of the links I mentioned in today’s teleseminar that focused on daguerreotypes:

Free photo editing on  I love this site!  Try it and you’ll see why.

Daguerreotype restoration professional Casey Waters.  Take a look at his website to see his work.

Storage boxes for daguerreotypes on Hollinger Corp.

Find professional photo conservators at the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, Inc.

Ten apps for taking photos and editing images on the iPhone

If you’re like me you tote around a lot of stuff when you go on a trip including a cell phone and a camera. An iPhone is high on my want list of new technology because it combines those two items and has tools to edit images. I love the apps especially these Ten apps for taking photos and editing images on the iPhone

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Digital Face-Lift Anyone?

Two months ago, I posted a video on my Vimeo channel that showed a nineteenth century altered photo. Look closely. The woman in the background was added in. That’s a simple change when you think about what can be done to photos today. Digital editing makes it possible to more than add someone in. You can look years younger or thinner with just a few mouse-clicks.

Don’t believe me? I’m amazed at the extent of digitally altered photos used in magazines. Looking at the World with a Merciless Eye: Saying No to the Digitally Altered Photo gives us a peek into the process. British and French lawmakers are trying to stop it saying photo editing gives readers an altered reality. You think?

Here are two of the examples mentioned in the article:

A British tabloid gave the 59 year old Twiggy youthful skin for an Olay cosmetics ad

A 2003 issue of the British GQ magazine made actress Kate Winslet look much thinner.

These lawmakers want magazines to fess up. Tell the truth when it comes to altering images by posting a disclaimer. Others want photos rated 1-4 on a photo editing scale. 4 means that the person had “digital cosmetic surgery.”

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Queries and Answers: Photocopy Woes

Will wrote with two questions:
Some 15 years ago, someone in the family lost the lone original of a cherished family photo from 1880. We have the photocopy in black and white. First, could this be turned back into a negative (albeit an inferior one) and reprinted using antique sepia techniques from similar family photo’s taken at the same time in the same 1880′s studio?

Well, that really depends on the quality of the photocopy. If it’s clear enough you could scan it and try to enhance it using photo editing software or you could hire someone to try to improve the quality. I’ve scanned high quality color photocopies with a good result, but if your black and white copy is muddy you’ll have to start by fixing the contrast in the image.

And second, if it could be done, are there any photographers around who actually know how to recreate such rich dark red sepia print tones? …and can you direct me to one or two?

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Photo editing software can recreate the sepia tone colors. If you want to hire someone to make those changes try searching for “photo restoration” and the name of your town in an online search engine.