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Old 02-08-2012, 12:07 PM
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can anything be done here?

My mother in law came across this old pic of herself and hoped there was something i could do with it. there's not a lot of info there, the fading is very extreme. what do you guys think is possible?

http://i1151.photobucket.com/albums/...beam/MILbw.jpg
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:08 AM
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Re: can anything be done here?

It can be difficult to judge what you can get out of an image like this in part due to the reduced size imposed by the forum rules and of course not having access to assess the original.

Extreme fading calls for careful scanning to hold image information in the first instance. You should be aiming to gather as much information from the scan as possible as opposed to scanning for an accurate copy of the original. This may result in your first capture not looking great but you will have pulled all the information available out of the original for work in your editing program.

As posted your image shows clipping of both highlights and shadows in all channels. This may be the best you are going to get, however I am hopeful there may be a little more to be seen if you re scan and process the scan using the histogram in the scanner software (if available).

Scan again at a high ppi and in 48bit colour (16bit per channel)
In the preview scan adjust the histogram for each of the RGB channels individually. Your aim should be to bring the shadow and highlight endpoints to just meet where the image information begins for each channel. This may result in an image that does not look quite right, colour balance, contrast etc, but will have gathered all usable info from your original and give you the best chance of getting an improved image by editing in PS.
Save your scan as Tiff rather than Jpeg

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Old 02-11-2012, 02:39 AM
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Re: can anything be done here?

Thanks for the tips. I'll try them and see what I get out of it. The scanner software has a histogram function of sorts, I don't know how effective it actually is yet. Thanks again.

And thanks for the restraint. lol
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:19 AM
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Re: can anything be done here?

how did you get on with your photo?
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:07 PM
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Re: can anything be done here?

I know how often Digital Restoration from Start to Finish by Ctein is recommended. If you have the book or can get the book, on p. 152 there is a section called "Enhancing almost Blank Photos". When I saw your photo, I had to look up the page of the photo that he uses as an example.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:53 PM
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Re: can anything be done here?

Likely already posted elsewhere on the forum, but if you don't own a copy, it's available on Scribd.com http://www.scribd.com/doc/38300663/R...ld-Photographs
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