Photography is a great hobby and a fantastic way to keep a record of family members and those precious moments. However, old photographs have the habit of being vulnerable, and lots of things can spoil a photograph after it has been developed. They can become faded, torn or destroyed, and that includes photos that have been stored away, that is why you need to digitize your photo collection.
Digitizing Your Old Photos
When you digitize your photo collection, you are giving yourself the chance to preserve and enhance them as well as being able to share them with many more people. It allows you to share those precious memories with friends and family who may well be living on the other side of the world, or you can share them via social networking sites.
Scanning Your Photos
In order to digitize your photos, you will need to purchase a scanner, or you may already have a scanner integrated with your printer. A scanner will allow you to scan all of your images where they will be stored on the hard drive of your computer. Once stored, you can then begin to enhance and edit them by using a simple photo editing tool.
Photo Editing at Home
Once you have scanned all of your pictures, you can then begin to choose the ones that may need editing or retouching, and it is likely that the older the photo, the more retouching and editing it will need. There are many different kinds of photo editing software available, and you may even find that there is one already installed on your computer. However, if a photo has a lot of damage or needs a lot of work, then you may need to consider seeking help from a professional photo restorer.
Professional Photo Editing
A professional photo restorer will be able to help you with things such as:
• Restoring the color to faded photos
• Repairing tears and restoring missing parts of a photo
• Removal of water stains
• Adding a missing person or deleting an unwanted one
When seeking expert help for difficult to restore photographs, a quick search online via a search engine will list those people in your local area who are offering their photo restoration services.
As you can see, there are a number of facets to restoring old and damaged photos, however, it will certainly be worth it when you see the finished results, because the photos that you digitize and restore right now, will be available for future generations for years to come.