Factors to be careful about in restoring photographs

Factors to be careful about in restoring photographs

There’s no doubt it’s a moment of joy when you finally discover that one photograph or the entire album that you thought was lost. But it sure breaks our heart to be just how damaged and on the verge of being destroyed they’re currently at.

Thanks to modern photography techniques, you now have the chance to restore these photos and bring them back to life. Since not all restoring companies are of the best quality, you should be quite careful due to several reasons.

In this read, our attempt is to draw your attention towards some of the most crucial factors about which you must be careful.

Whether the scanning or any stage of the process is outsourced

The moments in these photographs are related to your life and your family. Hence, whether it was a regular photograph, it’s your right to request the utmost discretion during the services. But if the considered company outsources any of the required services, especially the scanning part, can you really rely on their words of guarantee on privacy? Thus, make sure the company of your choice doesn’t outsource any of the operations during the photo restoration process.

The company’s capability of retouching the photographs

Even though the technology wasn’t that advanced back then, Australian history still was good enough. That’s why the photos of our grandparents are not as bad as some of the east Asian photographs; it’s the gap of technology. Hence, presuming a retouch would take away the authenticity is an overstatement.

In fact, some old photos look the best when retouching brings out the vision of the initial photographer. Services like these areas ought to be fulfilled by professionals with experience and technical knowledge. Hence, avoid assuming and inquire about your retouching needs directly.

The extent of the resources of the company for printing

If you’re that one most successful branch of the family who’s reuniting everyone for good, the original size of the photograph just might not be enough. Does this mean mere expanding and printing on an A0 would work? Absolutely not. Instead, it requires museum-grade detailing and equivalent quality of the prints done on acid-free and OBA-free (Optical Brightening Agents) materials that allow the prints not to deteriorate in quality for years to come. That all depends on the extent of the resources of the company of your choice.

Expected turnaround time and its possible effect on the result

This is quite a subtle factor that you should think thrice about. Let us assume that you need the restored final print in 3 days, but the company always delivers within a week. But if you force them enough, they just might agree to deliver in three days. Once they do, they’re forcing employees who are used to working on a project for a week, to finish it within 3 days. This is when you should think about whether there would be the expected quality. Hence, ensure that both the company and you are perfectly comfortable with the default turnaround time.