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< 1st Set 1976 Polaroid Photo Cleaned up
BEFORE & AFTER:
Photo Artistry is like an unblinking focus on layer composite.
Digital artistry tools are based upon all manual artistry tools.
All photos have age spots we see mostly in their dark areas.
< 4th Set: Photographer's Shadow is Seen in Photograph
client's request: "take his shadow out of that photo"
Before and After:
The photographers shadow to be removed. Purse in arm remains.
We need to take away the shadow, make the blouse white again, yet,
we need to redraw the ruffles onto blouse. We can free-hand mouse draw.
Re-drawing ruffles is tricky, taking away a shadow is bits at a time tedious.
Next the cracks, scratches, tears need to be taken away and color replaced.
Our customer was particular about her hair-color - wants only a tint of color.
In the photo our customer is 19. Today she is in her 50's and happy now.
She remembers the grass was so green but not as faded as the photo.
She remembers the color and wanted that color back. We did it.
Airplane 1941 P47d Thunderbolt
Motorcycle 1939 Norton ES2
Jacket 1942 USAF Flight-Bomber
< 3rd Set: Triple Composite
This is the Squadron P47d Republic Thunderbolt Bomber.
The "shack date" or 'bomber girl' is a pilot's pride and joy.
Each hand-kissed their 'bomber girl' for luck before flying.
Irving Klaw was the painter of this "shack date" in 1943.
The model was Betty Page, a celebrity-model until 1955.
In 1956, Betty Page became a Nun, stayed with religion.
Our client named his buddy "cigar man" (for his cigars).
He's the same guy on the far left in the task-photo, above.
Cigar-man would hand-kiss "Betty" every time he flew.
Our task was to picture this man on his bike with Betty.
Superimposing images doesn't matter what size a photo.
Not from a chemically induced plate of combined images,
and not from a vector formatted film, its a digital technique
that takes experience, because software programs lead
people to a dead-end with false marketing "presto" words.
This kind of art takes professional careful planning, talent
and especially patience, ahead of reading software books.
We're not students but we teach students how to do this.
We have been doing this since we began in 1999 as
professionals, as we still plan out a task, from A to Z.
the Plane, the Motorcycle, the Jacket
The airplane is a 1941 P47d Thunderbolt, WWII Fighter
The motorcycle is a 1947 Norton ES2 "Bull" - rare now.
The flight jacket is USAF Government issued locker gear.
< 5th Set: 1907 Oval, this 9 Yr old Grandpa was a Soccer Player,
and a Coach, and he was VP of the Florida Soccer Association.
Today his granddaughter, soccer player, coach, Pres. of Florida Soccer Assoc.
Our client is the grand daughter who says the soccer ball needs to be in the pic.
She complained that another restorer had mistakenly erased her soccer ball.
At his feet we drew a soccer ball via free-hand with the computer mouse.
Steve can draw a circle with a computer mouse. Try drawing one, twice.
Grandfather had glue on the hair. We can redraw his hair with a mouse-draw.
Shoes and soccer ball were mouse-drawn. Any fading can make lots of spots.
Spots are mostly caused with the flaking of chemicals as it peels off the photo.
The black oval border is from a time when plastic was used for framing seals.
The oval was converted to a rectangle upon request. We raised its contrast.
collected during process.
The client requested that
the wall be cleaned and
wall-plug to be taken out.
The hanging tassel is out.
We cropped the photo-top.
Professionals have a rule
that a subject be centered
if possible or when asked.
Team inspected quality.
< 2nd Set: Composite Change out and Redraw Plane
Meet the USAF 388th Squadron and their WWII Fighter P47d Plane;
Assignment: "Get Rid of the Mechanic, that 2nd Guy, he does not belong."
The #2 guy needs to go. Being friendly with any mechanic was bad luck.
This is a complex project. It needs patience, focus, and a steady hand.
Good at free-hand, mouse-drawing, our tech can mouse-draw a circle.
An example of this is the round soccer ball below, 5th Set- "1907 oval".
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These Timeless Tintype Photographs followed genealogy, respectfully from 1839.
As tintype specialists we know their history, possibly their origin, how it was taken.
Photographers had a knob for their head to rest upon and a lean-table for stability.
This one had scratches, spots, was faded to a dust color, with hardly an image left.
Still as experts, we are able to restore tintype which have faded to almost black fade.
The original photographer painted a gold ring on the child's index finger in humor.
Perhaps he thought it would be a joke. The client wanted the ring taken away.
Tintypes need to be digitally mastered with advanced knowledge, high resolution.
We are specialists, advanced student instructors for antique tintype photographs.
Patience is needed to repair tiny scratches, spots, to reproduced the photographs.
A real family face emerged from the ash-grey image as we pulled out color in it.
Ferro-types were hand colored in its day, as the photographer would patiently daub
the image with color from the head of a pin. In a close-up zoom, we saw this detail:
worn surfaces on the foot rungs of the stool, and in more detail, we saw his folded
socks which couldn't be seen otherwise as we made them more prominently
seen. We cleaned, repaired, reconstructed this photo top to bottom.
About Tintype Photo Frames (left photo)
This is how a tintype frame had leather-binding, ornate metal shroud surrounding.
all around the inside and front - it's a metal picture inside of an ornate brass frame.
Engineering abounds as its corners were folded over to 'hitch' with the brass frame.
On the left side of its "book" it had an over-stuffed velvet pad which hid a lady-mirror.
The mirror was used for polishing a lady's face with a velvet make-up powder-pad.
On the right side was that brass (gilded) ornate brass frame linking the photograph.
Many of them were taken out of its frame as children played then broke the picture.
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< 6th Set: 1883 Tintype Photograph: "School Boy Portrait"
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