The Film Era
Film... remember it? Loved it? Hated it? Well, regardless of whether or not you loved or hated film, one thing is certain: those film photographs will deteriorate over time, and perhaps have already begun to fade. Boooo.... Yep, we agree!
Why do Old Photos Fade and Deteriorate?
To understand how and why old photos deteriorate, we must first remember how they were originally made. Photo prints, slides, and negatives were all made by using chemicals and chemical dyes that are sensitive to light, moisture, and changes in temperature. As time goes by, these chemicals degrade and the image starts to fade away, often turning yellow. Additionally, these old photos frequently develops cracks, collect dust, oil, dirt etc.
The below photograph are some perfect examples of how old photos can, and will, deteriorate over time:
So.. What do you do, and How do you Restore Old Photos When the Time Comes?
This is where a good old photo restoration service will come in.
We are very fortunate.. we live in the digital age. What this means is that regardless of where you are in the world, old photo restoration can be as easy as scanning your image (either at home using a flatbed scanner, or at a nearby business like FedEx), and uploading/sending it to a photo restoration service that specializes in restoring old photos.
Additionally, if you haven't already looked into converting your old film into digital files, we recommend trying to do so. Most photo restoration services will offer this type of service. Your memories are just too important to throw away, so you should want to try and take any measure to help successfully preserve them for many years to come.
How to Protect and Restore Old Photos
Imagine being able to pass your old photos onto your children or grandchildren. Imagine not only being able to "talk" about your great great great grandpa, but also being able to show your child/grandchild a picture of who they were. Pretty amazing stuff! As we want and are committed to helping you preserve and restore your old photos, we want to offer a few tips to help get you started:
What a Photo Restoration Service can Do for You:
Free Online Photo Restoration Tools:
While there are some online services offering to restore old photos for free, they will often try to upsell you, or may include a hard to navigate old photo restoration tool that will end up causing you more headache than anything. With some old photo restorations costing as little as $40 or so per photo, why not just let the professionals handle the workload, and the headache? Your time is valuable, so hire someone that can do the work for you.
It is a story that, unfortunately, has been told one too many times.. the story of the bad wedding photos. It is always the same story: "We got married a few weeks ago and a couple of days after we got home from our honeymoon our photographer sent us the link to our online gallery. We hate our wedding photos, and we paid a lot of money for our wedding photographer!"
What Other Options Do I Have?
We know that you are furious with your wedding photographer, but once the flames have settled, and the waters have calmed down a bit, we recommend that you talk to him/her about your frustrations. Tell them what specifically you do not like about your wedding photos, and see if they can offer to "re-shoot" some of those crucial bride/groom moments that were missed. You should NOT have to pay for this re-shoot, as you have already paid for their service, and were unfortunately left with a stack full of bad wedding photos. While there is unfortunately nothing you can do about the group shots, at least you may finally have the images you will need to create the wedding album you had dreamed and hoped for.
You Have Nothing to Lose
In addition to contacting your photographer about your bad wedding photos, we highly recommend reaching out to a photo retouching service that can take a look at what images you DO currently have from your actual wedding day. Many of these retouching services will offer a free consultation, and will be able to tell you whether or not your current batch of bad wedding photos can be salvaged. Translation: You TRULY have nothing to lose by contacting one of these retouching services. Get going, and make lemonade from lemons!