Daguerreotypes break down with time and can eventually become ruined and unrecognizable. But researchers at Western University in Canada have created a new technique that recovers even the most damaged daguerreotypes. It reveals what lies under the severe degradation and shows the images in all their original detail.
We’ve shown you some amazing colorization and restoration work before. But if you are a baseball fan, you will definitely love the series we’re about to show you today.
Chris Whitehouse is a sports lover and a photo restoration and colorization artist. He brings his two passions together, and as a result, he breathes a new life into century-old photos of Major League baseball players and games. Using Photoshop and lots of patience, skill, and research, he teleports us to the baseball fields from 100 years ago and creates a new look on the history of sports.
Looking at the old, faded black and white photos brings us closer to history and connects us with some past events. But seeing these pictures in color makes you feel an even stronger connection with the people and events in them.
Young Brazilian restoration artist Marina Amaral colorizes black and white photos and gives them a new, different life. And she does such a magnificent job, that it’s hard to believe the black and white photos were turned into color ones, and not the other way around.
Colorizing monochrome photographs is nothing new. In fact, photographers were hand-coloring photos as far back as the 1800s. But, one of my gripes has always been how artificial and “flat” the images always looked. Even with Photoshop, many people seem content to just slap a single color over an area and call their work done, but color in the real world is not so simple.
Retoucher Joaquin Villaverde released an excellent video of a digital restoration and coloring of an old, damaged photograph in which he restored the image to its former glory and then brought it to life with meticulous color, yielding a beautiful end result.
Here’s a really in depth behind the scenes look at an aspect of photography and cinematography that we rarely get to experience. As part of their 100th anniversary, Universal Studios gave the iconic 70’s film (that’s given sharks everywhere a bad rap) a breath of fresh air. The mini documentary is pretty interesting as it walks you through the entire remastering process from start to finish.
The original reel, which was shot on 35mm film, had suffered some damage throughout the years and would need to be repaired. They used a wet transfer film gate to repair the scratches, which essentially scanned the original negatives while they were wet. It’s actually a really neat process and you can see more of it in the 8:30 minute mini-doc below. You’ll also be treated to a peak at the digital editing process, along with some before and after shots which are pretty astounding.
I was going through some old photos of my family overseas. My dad’s kept them in a hard brown briefcase since before I was born, and we decided to find a way for them to be able to be cherished more freely. I wanted to share a few tips I noted down along the way as I was restoring those photos. And you don’t need an elaborate setup. Grab your phones, guys.