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fire damage family photo from the 70's

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Old 03-30-2014, 09:00 AM
kmacphoto kmacphoto is offline
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fire damage family photo from the 70's

Hello! One of my clients home recently burned down. the were able to save a handful of photos... but this one in particular is very important. im having a hell of a time attempting to get the color right as its so dingy and dark. If anyone has any techniques they would care to share with me I would appreciate it. I figure I should get the coloring better before I start removing the spark marks and smoke damage on the photo.

eeh help!
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:38 PM
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Re: fire damage family photo from the 70's

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Hello! One of my clients home recently burned down. the were able to save a handful of photos... but this one in particular is very important. im having a hell of a time attempting to get the color right as its so dingy and dark. If anyone has any techniques they would care to share with me I would appreciate it. I figure I should get the coloring better before I start removing the spark marks and smoke damage on the photo.

eeh help!
Here's a version that the one-trick pony DigitalRoc produced:
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:59 PM
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Re: fire damage family photo from the 70's

Here is my take. Auto-color does a good job on this image. After that, some cloning and healing, some more curves, saturation adjustment, noise reduction and a bit sharpening.
The resulting colors don't look bad, presumably because all channels contain valuable data.
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:40 AM
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Re: fire damage family photo from the 70's

My quick 5-minute go at it. Of course, the image size limits full corrective effects...
spot-healing; curves adjustments, and even some levels per channel.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:23 AM
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Re: fire damage family photo from the 70's

Auto color in CS6
Lightroom 4
some Light painting
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:33 PM
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Re: fire damage family photo from the 70's

I found PS auto corrects (tone, contrast, color) to work remarkably well on this image. I also adjusted the levels in each rgb channel independently to even out the mid-tones and shadows. Work in the highest resolution possible, as the compression artifact damage was very noticeable between the channels.

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