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To understand how and why old photos deteriorate, we must first remember how they were originally made.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.