I did a photo restoration for Susan, my son-in-law’s mother, of her mom and dad. This was from a very small wallet sized photo she had that was quite damaged. I wanted to enlarge it to 5″x7″ and 8″x10″ and retain the somewhat grainy look of an old sepia toned photo. Here is a side-by-side before and after. I love doing this and bringing back the life and character of the person’s loved ones!
My “Nana” was Francis Mann, who in her younger days starred in silent movies when the movie industry was located in New York. She and her sister, Alice Mann were both actresses in silent films with her sister becoming more well known with her roles as Fatty Arbuckle’s leading lady in films, acting alongside Buster Keaton. One was “His Wedding Night” available on Youtube. (She is the blonde with the wavy hair that appears with Buster Keaton in the first scene and throughout the movie.) “Auntie Alice” and “Nana” as we called them later when they were our Great Aunt and Grandmother lived in Hollywood, Florida in the 60s and early 70s and we would visit regularly. We lived with our Nana when I was a senior in High School and we visited on weekends with Auntie Alice. Mom told us stories of Fatty Arbuckle and how he’d come to visit with their fellow actors on Sundays and Arbuckle was famous for his chili. Unfortunately, there was a scandal surrounding Fatty Arbuckle that destroyed his career. Mom always contended that there was no way he did what he was accused of and he was finally acquitted after three trials. (Link to story here).
Here is a still photo from a movie set featuring my grandmother Francis Mann and an unknown actor that I decided to restore:
Here is a Youtube video showing the restoration process and the Photoshop tools used to rebuild the photo:
You can easily capture a vintage image from the internet and restore it with Photoshop and then create a Before-and-After photo. Here is a YouTube video I created showing how I did this restoration in about 10 minutes.
Here is a short YouTube video showing how I captured and restored Corporal Carter’s photo and then created a side-by-side image of the restoration.
This is my most ambitious photo restoration ever! I got this box of scraps from Carol’s mom from a drawer I opened when we helped her get ready for getting carpet installed. It is a posthumous memorial certificate for Herman Carter – Carol’s great uncle who was killed in World War 1 while sitting up in a tree. The war had just been declared over and the armistice signed, but the troops where he was didn’t know it (and the enemy didn’t know it). This is a labor of love and took many hours. The certificate was given by the French government to the U.S. soldiers who gave their life in the war and is signed by the president of France. I am not sure how to put the original back together but at least this print will be able to be framed nicely. I have tried to preserve the patina of the document. Also, it means a lot to me because my grandfather also fought in France in World War 1 and received the French Medal of Honor. I have the medal framed with the certificate which I got from my mom. My grandfather went to France when he was 17 and fought with the French before the U.S. entered the war. Maybe he and Herman knew each other! What brave men our country has had serving over many years and in many wars. And thank you to all the troops serving today!
Here is a YouTube video of the restoration project. You can scan forward if you want to see how I put together the pieces and cleaned up the document for printing:
How many times have you wanted to capture that piece of art you created but it’s under glass and the reflections make it impossible?Or you want to catalog a bunch of images in your scrapbooks or art journals? Or perhaps you have some older drawings and paintings that you can’t seem to get cropped properly. Watch my tutorial on how to use your cellphone and Photoshop to capture, color correct and reframe your images so they are suitable for submission to shows, posting on your website or Facebook pages or send to clients for approval. Here’s a YouTube video I created with tips on how to showcase your work in all these situations.
I love photo retouching and restoration! I use PhotoShop CC (2014) and an Epson 3880 professional archival printer and archival papers to restore and reproduce your family photos or update damaged pictures. I will print several copies for you to give to family members. Email a scan, digital photo or even an iPhone photo of the original for a quote to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s the process:
1. Send me a photo or scan of the image for an initial evaluation. You can then email or post a higher resolution image via Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox or another photo sharing app. Let me know how many prints and what size you’d like. I will send you a quote.
2. I will email you back a restored photo for approval.
3. When satisfied with retouching, pay by PayPal or by check. (cost is as low as $29.95 for an 8×10, depending upon the condition of the original)
4. When prints arrive, pay for prints only if satisfied.
5. Enjoy new archival quality prints for a lifetime!
I enjoyed touching up this photo of a store operated by my wife’s great grandfather, Raby Haynes Fletcher who lived from 1867 to 1937. Raby had 11 children, including my wife’s grandmother, Edith Fletcher. Also shown in this picture, I believe, is my wife’s great uncle “Dub” (William “Dub” Fletcher) – it sure looks like how I remember him! I am not sure about the other gentleman in the back. Interesting is the “5 cents” showing on the cash register for a sale and what looks to be a slab of ground beef for sale!
Also, his family tree follows the retouch…(Here is a high-res link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/georgehoffman/8709370743/sizes/h/in/photostream/ )
Here’s a photo of Carol’s grandfather, Homer T. Carter, when he played basketball for the Georgia Railway and Power Company (now Georgia Power). The year was 1925. He was a trolley car operator in Atlanta. As far as I know, this is the only picture of the GRPC basketball team.
I read a great book on a great man – William Bradford: Plymouth’s Faithful Pilgrim. What made it so real was that William Bradford was a great man of faith and the book reads like an episode of Survivor! What an amazing thing to land on a shore of a near wilderness in the middle of winter with little food, hand tools and a boat full of people that relied on God, him and his crew to keep them alive – and he was only 30!
The footnote for me is that he is in my family tree as one of my great…great…great grandfathers! (many greats in there). The book is available at Amazon.com. Here is the link:
Also, I found this really neat quote about Hannah Bradford – one of his daughters in my direct ancestry line:
“From the Signers of the Mayflower Compact and Their Descendents…Hannah Bradford, sixth child of Major William and Alice (Richards) Bradford was born May 9, 1662 and died May 28, 1758. She married Nov. 28, 1682, Joshua Ripley, of Hingham, Mass. and removed with him to Windham County, Conn. She was evidently a woman of superior education for the Windham records state that she was : a noble and useful woman, and remarkable, not only for intelligence and accomplishments, but for her skill in the art of healing.” She was the first and for a long time the only physician in the settlement, and it is said that the first male physician, Dr. Richard Huntington, received much of his medical knowledge from her. At the death of her grandmother Welthian Richards, Hannah received 40 Pounds , some bedding and clothing, and an additiona l5 Pounds to “put her in mourning” at the funeral. Inscription on gravestone…Here lies Interred the Body of … Mrs. Hannah Ripley the well beloved Consort of Joshua Ripley, Esqr who after she had lived a holy and Fruitful Life fell asleep in Jesus May ye 28th 1738 in ye 76th year of her Age.
Here is the my Family Tree link…from William Bradford to Sophia Gardiner (Josiah and I share the Gardiner family as our middle name!) Click the tree and then click it again on the next screen to see it enlarged: