I just quoted £10,000 for a restoration job - and I've scared the c"@p outta myself.
It's 300 fire damaged photos, which will keep me busy for 3 months or so. I am a quick worker, and some photos are just damaged edges (it's what happens when photo albums burn, the photos just get a little charred) but others are considerably worse, so I think the timeframe is right if tight.
Has anyone else ever taken on a job like this? Are there any real pitfalls? I know time management is going to be a consideration (no weekends or evening for me). I will be getting the prints done by an online service (D-lab7) to reduce the time spent jiggery pokerying around with my printers - plus they are actually cheaper than printing at home.
If the quote is accepted it's time to treat myself to a new scanner. NOT an expensive one - probably no more than £70 or £80 (all I can afford until the insurance company coughs up). Any ideas on this one too? At the moment I have a UMAX Astra 2200 which I really like, but it is getting too soft. I need a good sharp scanner (hopefully one that scans photos better than the surface damage to them - something the current scanner has started doing). Any suggestions?