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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!
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    Re: fire damage family photo from the 70's

    Originally posted by kmacphoto View Post
    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:
    Last edited by stormyboy; 09-21-2015, 01:23 AM.

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    • #3
      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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        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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          Re: fire damage family photo from the 70's

          Auto color in CS6
          Lightroom 4
          some Light painting
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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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