I’ve been for­tu­nate to be asked to do copy­work and retouch­ing on two waves of his­tor­i­cal images that the Friend­ly Home is putting on dis­play. The long-time Pit­tford pho­tog­ra­ph­er Paul Spiegel gets all of the cred­it for these won­der­ful images, I’m only scan­ning them in and retouc­ing the bad spots in Pho­to­shop.


If you are by the Friend­ly Home on East Avenue, the dis­play is just inside the doors, in their entrance­way. I copied the first images using my cam­era, but for this new­er set, I have a bet­ter scan­ner and was very pleased with the results. If pho­tos are too large to scan, or if there are many images of very sim­i­lar size, doing them as copy­work with a good dig­i­tal cam­era is often faster than scan­ning.

Retouch­ing Old Pho­tos:
Peo­ple also ask me about what can be retouched and I always tell them that I can retouch any­thing with some ‘real­i­ty’ around it. If a bad spot is sur­round by lots of good, sim­i­lar area, it’s very easy to retouch it. If there is lit­tle ‘real’ mate­r­i­al near the bad spot (or sim­i­lar mate­r­i­al some­where in the pho­to), it’s hard to retouch with­out the results look­ing faked.

As an exam­ple, if there were parts of thw wood miss­ing in the swim­ming pho­tos, or a cor­ner of the sky or grass in the kids line (a prob­lem I did have), that’s easy to fix. If someone’s face was most­ly miss­ing, what could you take to replace it?

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