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Renovating old photos


I would welcome some views on the start point please.

I have previously done some renovations and been happy with the results. My start point was the scanner which was built into my (then) all-in-one printer, using the highest resolution.

My present printer (Epson XP820) will scan at a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi, which may well be higher than my old printer but is at least as high.

My quandary is ....

... I have offered to try to renovate some photos which are owned by a colleague. His wife (who I haven't met) and who seems to be a keen /advanced photographer is advising that instead of scanning them I start by taking a picture with my camera as - she says - this will give the best starting point.

Tutorials on the web that I have found start with a scan.

Do people on here have views on this issue?

Is it that starting with a digital image - taken with a DSLR camera - may well theoretically be the best starting point but that practical problems eg lighting, getting the camera square on to the image (and no doubt others I can't even think of) mean tht scanning is the best way to go?

Incidentally .... the photos are of mutual interest to my colleague and me (old school photos) so I have a strong motivation to do the renovations, whilst his wife - quite understandably - has other priorities.

As my renovations will be widely circulated to other old school friends I am keen to give myself the best chance of successemoticon

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Re: Renovating old photos


I can recommend 'Restoration and Retouching' by Katrin Eismann. Scanning at 600 dpi seems to be a good starting point and that is what I used a few years ago when I did a large number of print restorations. These were all black & white and were mostly very old. I hope this helps.

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Re: Renovating old photos


depends on the quality of the scanner and the complexity of the lighting if you're going to photograph

it is quite difficult to get a better photo of an image than a scan if you have a decent scanner because of the problems with keeping all the light use to illuminate the image from reflecting off the surface of the print degrading the image

If you have got a scanner try scanning and photographing and comparing the two, its a toss up between scanner quality and photography technique

If she's such n expert why doesn't she do it , not you?

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I have photographed negatives successfully using a digital camera and compared it to my Nikon 9000 scans and its hard to tell the difference, I did not use any special lens just the close focus on my Olympus m4/3rds camera, i think the key is a good back light, if you use any pixel based screen then it will not work, I used my Media light that produces an even light source and is bulb not pixel based.

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This is a negative I photographed on the iPad this morning with a Macro lens

As you can see, not very good due to the pixel based screen

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Thanks for all the prompt and helpful information.

In summary I think I will stick with scanning. I am slowly gearing up to do more table top type photography but haven't done any for about 18 months+ so I think the (for me) simplicity of scanning will score over any theoretically better quality of a DSLR image.

Your responses support my decision.

Norman - thanks for the specific recommendation - always worth to considering recommendations of people who have a special knowledge of a given topic.

I have ordered a copy of the 2003 edition for £[sign in to see URL]. there was a more recent edition (2005) for ~£14 but even that was pretty old so I think the 2003 version will do for me and not involve any amount of money.

Simon - well ... it was my idea to do the renovation, so my motivation is there whilst hers isn't, plus they are about to go on holiday and whilst I did offer to let her do it I was hoping she would say no as I quite want to do it myself anyway as my previous efforts have pleased Higher Management and her Mum. So I am hoping I will do OK with this next lot.

Generally I have to say that - it seems to me - for people with a basic knowledge of photo processing it is easy to make big improvements that look good to non-photographers.

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Just received the Katrin Riemann book and had a quick look at it.

Despite its age - published 2003 - it looks to contain lots of useful stuff and goes way beyond the simpleton stuff I have been doing to renovate old photos

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