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Old 08-07-2010, 05:02 PM
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Newbie First restoration advice, flash shadows

Hello!
After spending some time only reading I decided to write my first post :-)
I found plenty of great examples and ideas but since I'm new to restoration I would like to ask for your advice on this photo.

I scanned it using Epson V700 and SF. Saved it in tiff and only did some minor sharpening during scanning. This copy is resized and down sampled to fit in here.

Full resolution jpg can be downloaded here: www.boismenu.com/1982-full.jpg

Theres a problem with the shadows of the heads (caused by flash angle). So no, it´s not an absurdly afro what he has ;-)
But seriously, this is the area were I'm not sure what to do.
Thank you!
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:24 PM
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Re: First restoration advice

Well I first used curves and used the "auto" button in photoshop which increased the contrast. I then copied the layer and used screen blending mode to lighten up the picture. Finally I used Neat Image to remove some noise in the photo
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:12 AM
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Re: First restoration advice

Thanks Philbach!

I wonder if I should try to remove the shadow of the heads on the two persons standing up? It's difficult to know where is the border between shadow and hair.
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:35 AM
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Re: First restoration advice

Here's my first attempt. I'm using PS CS3 and working on the original tiff scan.
I have not touch any of the shadows yet.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:12 AM
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Re: First restoration advice

I think cutting & pasting plus warping might help.
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:06 PM
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Re: First restoration advice

It looks like the shadows are slightly to the right of the objects. So maybe shaving some hair off of their left side (Our right side) may help.
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:02 PM
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Re: First restoration advice, flash shadows

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Hello!
After spending some time only reading I decided to write my first post :-)
I found plenty of great examples and ideas but since I'm new to restoration I would like to ask for your advice on this photo.

I scanned it using Epson V700 and SF. Saved it in tiff and only did some minor sharpening during scanning. This copy is resized and down sampled to fit in here.

Full resolution jpg can be downloaded here: www.boismenu.com/1982-full.jpg

Theres a problem with the shadows of the heads (caused by flash angle). So no, it´s not an absurdly afro what he has ;-)
But seriously, this is the area were I'm not sure what to do.
Thank you!
Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, take part in some of the discussions, challenges, etc., offer help, have fun!

Seeing as the hair and shadows on the wall are indistinguishable I just selected, on a copied layer, about half of the hair and a portion of the wall and moved it toward the head ( the wall covered the hair/shadow on the lower layer) the other shadows I just cloned them out
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:34 PM
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Re: First restoration advice

Nice job OlBaldy!
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:13 AM
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Re: First restoration advice

Thank you! Very good ideas and suggestions. I'm half way but I'll upload a new version once I'm done. So far I'm using a mix of all suggestions.

Maybe this post belongs more to "Retouch" forum than "Restoration" as I will be making some retouching (that distracting bent candle!!)
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:07 PM
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Re: First restoration advice

Well, it's been a long time since I started this post and completed my "retouch" and never posted the final result ;-)

Here it is. The client wanted everything removed from the background and to put a recent photo of the original house...
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