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Reminder: It’s Mother’s Day Soon!

Have you remembered it’s Mothers Day (UK) on Sunday 6th of March? Instead of giving your Mother an another bunch of over-priced flowers and large box of confectionery this year, why not completely surprise her by giving her a completely unique and extremely personal gift that will in turn get you major brownie points and prime place in her good books.

So here’s what you can do. But remember its a going to be a surprise so don’t tell anyone about it who can’t keep a secret ( in my family my Dad is the absolute worst!).

  • Step 1 – Like the younger incantation of yourself, go exploring through photo albums, shoe-boxes of random photos, and other nooks and crannies for the best image of your Mother you can find. Just pick a really good photo that means alot to her, i.e. your parents wedding day, holding you as a baby, or a great picture of your Mother as a child.
  • Step 2 – Send it to me here at ReClick Photo. In order to help you with your gift giving endeavours you must decide on what you wish to be done with your selected image. If your image has seen better days then I could restore it for you. If your image in in black and white, I could colour it for you. If you would like your mother to look her very best I can even retouch the image for you. What ever option you would like I am more than happy to help. For all methods of getting your image to me here at ReClick Photo, please visit my website at http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk. To ensure your image arrives to me quickly and safely please use my recommended method of scanning your image and send it via email to me at info@reclickphoto.co.uk. for a free no-obligation quote.
  • Step 3 – Once satisfied with the work completed and I have received payment, I will send your new image to you via email, where it is yours to do with as you wish! You could simply print of the image from your home printer or you could use one of the many companies out there to print it onto a wide range of things from a mug, to cushion. The choice is completely up to you!

Would you like to see an example of what I can do? I will show you as long as you keep it a secret, it’s for my Mother for Mothers day! Let’s take a look at the original image:

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Image before restoration and recolouring.

If I was to tell you how old this image, there is a slight chance that my Mother would hear about it, so for the sake of diplomacy I will describe it as being a few years old. As you can see, due to not being stored correctly it has suffered a little damage. So the first task is to rectify it.

After a little care and attention its time to bring this sepia image to life. In recolouring this image there is a few key areas that I believe need the most attention in order to successfully recolour an image.

  1. Skin – The most important area which need a lot of attention. Thinking that your skin is all one colour is wrong. Take a look at your own face in the mirror closely and you will see lots of variation in tone and texture. To replicate it digitally can be a little difficult but, when done correctly, it really makes your image. Just remember when you are ill you can usually tell by the colour of your skin, so getting the right colour is extremely important. My method of successful skin recolouring is to use a colour photo as a reference. It doesn’t have to be a photograph of the person you are retouching, it just has to be of someone with similar colouring. Like all good things, it take time and patience to complete.
  2. Eyes – Some would say that the eyes are the gateway to the soul, for me they are one of the most important areas of a persons face. Like the skin the best way to approach recolouring the eyes is to use a reference photo. Do not take anything for granted, because what you think is not always what is there. For example what we describe as ‘the whites of the eyes’ are not pure brilliant white. Why not take a little time to examine your own eyes and try and pick out all the different colours you see.
  3. Hair – Hair comes in all shapes, colours and textures, so to recolour someone’s hair can be tricky. Yes you have guessed it, use a reference photo!  To successfully recolour hair, you have to retain its texture and shine. Just think of those shampoo commercials we see on TV!

Would you like to see the finished result?

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Image after restoration and recolouring.

So what do you think? Do you think my Mother will like it? As you can see above, once you successfully recolour the skin, eyes, and hair, then the hardest part is done. Recolouring the rest of the image is a much easier task as the most important areas are done.

So how do I select the colours to use in the rest of the recolouring work? Well there is a few ways in approaching this. Firstly you can use ask those who were in the photo at the time. But failing that you can either use their favourite colours, or the last resort use artistic licence. Here at ReClick Photo I will only recolour your image to your own specifications, but don’t worry if you have no idea what to do then is just tell me to use my initiative. But please don’t worry, if you are not satisfied I will change anything you don’t like and no payment is required until you are completely happy with the finished result.

Now with the project complete lets take a look at before and after image comparison.

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Before and after image comparison.

I hope this blog post has given you food for thought for your Mother’s Day gift this year. But if you are reading this from outside the UK then why not give your mother a gift to let her know how much she means to you – you don’t need to have a special day to do that. So what ever your imaging needs are please let me help! All you have to do is send me an email to info@reclickphoto.co.uk with your chosen image and let me see what I can do for you.

Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

 

Sale!!

With all our all our festive celebrations just a memory to us now, I am delighted to share with you something that will cheer you up. How about recieving 20% off all photo restoration and image retouching work until the 31st of January 2016? All you have to do is quote JAN20 when you contact me at info@reclickphoto.co.uk and your discount will be applied automatically to your free no obligation quote. Let’s just call it a happy new gift to you from ReClick Photo.

Gran and Papa comparison

So whether you wish for an old damaged photo to be digitally restored, or you would like me to change the colour of your dress, or remove a large spot from the end of your nose, just quote JAN20 when you email me at info@reclickphoto.co.uk and the discount is yours!

Comparison of both images

Like all good news please share with your friends and family, so get on you social media profiles and let them know! Remember offer ends 31st January 2016!

Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

Christmas ’83

I know what you are thinking, why am I showing Christmas themed pictures in the middle of July? There really is a method to my madness. Today I want to show you some examples of how we can restore old photos that have a colour cast on them.

So what is a colour cast? There are many reasons why a colour cast happens; but In terms of old photographs, especially those used in this post, it is when one or more of the colours used to print the photo has faded quicker than the others.

Looking through the family photo albums, I wanted to find some images that had been effected by this. In the photo album of Christmas 1983, I found two great examples.

My Dad sitting on my car
My Dad sitting on my car

The first image I found, features my Dad sitting on one of my Christmas presents from that year – a bright yellow Rolls Royce toy car. I was an extremely happy two year old that year! Looking back at all the photos from that era, everything seems to have been made in autumn inspired colours; brown carpets, brown furniture, people dressed from head to toe in brown. The sales in brown Corduroy must have been at an all time high!

My Dad playing on one of my christmas presents.
My Dad sitting on my car – restored

After fixing some of the blemishes and other damage on the photo, I started to adjust its colour and tonal levels. As with all older photographs, you will never have a crisp high-definition image at the end of the restoration process, but you will have a image that has character no modern image has.

Anyone who knows my Dad will agree that this image shows my Dads sense of humour off at its best, some things never change!

Christmas dinner clear up
Christmas dinner clear up

Now we will take a look at the other image from our archive. This was taken on the same day as the image above, Christmas Day 1983. As you can see it shows both my Mum and Gran making a start on the clear up after our Christmas Day Dinner. If you look at the clock on the wall it is around 3pm, The Queen’s Speech must have just finished on TV. Sadly washing the dishes back in 1983 would have been a much more laborious task than it is today, There was no sign of a dishwasher in our kitchen back then! Feature walls are not  only a recent invention: we had them in 1983, obviously in autumn colours of course!

Christmas dinner clear up - restored
Christmas dinner clear up – restored

Just as the image shown above I restored the damage on the photo, then adjusted the colour and tonal levels to correct the colour cast. Now you can see the wallpaper in all its glory – that certainly is a strong pattern!

Every image is special whether it is captured on film, painted on canvas, or retained within our memory. For me it is the images like the one of my Mum and Gran clearing up that I enjoy the most. They represent our lives in their true form. It captures our reality. Standing in front of a camera and sporting our best smile, does not give a true representation of who we are, or the lives we lead. But an image like this one does, it illustrates who we are in the context of where and how we exist in the world.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and if you have any images you would like restored that have been effected by a colour cast please contact me here at Reclick Photo. This type of restoration starts from as little as £5! You can contact me by emailing, with your image(s) attached to info@reclickphoto.co.uk or please visit our website http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk for other options and more information.

Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

P.S. If you enjoyed this post you may enjoy our other post: Retro: the past in our present.

Snap shots of time: our treasured memories.

Most people have their own personal archive of treasured possessions whether they are photographs, heirlooms, or even children’s drawings. Although all the objects in our collections are treasured there is a few that are exceptionally precious. In this post I will share with you an extremely prized object from our family’s personal collection.

Photograph of Gran and Papa
Photograph of Gran and Papa c.1958

This is a photograph is of my Gran and Grandpa when they were dating taken around 1958. Believe it or not my Gran is only 19 and my Grandpa is 22 years old! This was a world without mobile phones, internet dating sites and speed dating. what is captured here is what a lot of couples did in the 1950’s in our home town of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. On Sunday afternoons couples would meet and walk, arms linked, up and down King Street, before going for tea, and depending on what was happening later, would go to the cinema to see was was showing on the big screen. Things are so much different now. This image captures a happy moment from my Gran and Grandpas past; before they were married, had a family, and before I, their oldest Grandson was born. This two dimensional object brings this moment from the past it into the future so we can experience that time with them. Now we are going to give this photograph the care it deserves.

Photograph of Gran and Papa restored
Photograph of Gran and Papa restored

As you can see all the scrapes and scores are all removed. This photograph was taken in an age before digital technology so we are never going to have a crisp clear high definition image no matter what we do to restore it. But to be honest, with this image we would not want that anyway. Old photographs have a charm and an atmosphere all of their own, and we believe this really should not be altered. The restoration process should deal only with damage that the photograph has suffered in the period of time it was taken till present day. We at Reclick Photo will do everything we can do to return your photograph back to almost its original condition.  Below is a comparison of the images before and after restoration:

Gran and Papa comparison
Before and after comparison

This project is extremely close to my family’s heart, as in December My Gran, featured in this photograph sadly passed away at the age of 76. All of our memories of her are extremely precious and they serve us all as reminders of the time we had with her. When a loved one has gone,our memories are all we have of them. Those we have lost, need not be forgotten, it is up to us to keep their memory alive.

If you have any treasured photographs that you would like restored like the image above, please contact us by sending the photograph to us at info@reclickphoto.co.uk or visit http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk for other options and more information.

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Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.