Part of the family photo sorting and archiving involves scanning and restoring old photographs that are discoloured, stained, faded, or otherwise flawed. I have a pretty extensive photoshop background which I totally took for granted until I just googled what it would cost to hire someone else to be scanning and restoring the photos... $60/hr or more! In American dollars! Holy crow!
Above is the original scanned image of my father... the tone is very bad and the photo is printed on a rough paper that made scanning difficult. There are also some discoloured splotches and scratches.
This is the adjusted photograph. I scanned it twice (one flipped 180 degrees during scanning to counterbalance the roughness of the paper), adjusted levels and curves, removed the sepia tint, bumped the contrast a little bit and photoshopped out the scratches and discoloured areas.
And for fun I coloured this one in, too, although I don't normally take that step as it takes forever and never looks quite right to my eyes.
Does anyone else dabble at photo restoration? Any tips?