Like that song by Visage, gradually all photographs ‘Fade To Grey’ and discolour (colour cast) and yet I was horrified to see that my Polaroids, taken in 1976 (just 42 years ago), are almost all washed out and totally grey now. They are losing definition and fading away in front of my eyes. They have been in an album and not stored anywhere with any extremes. There is a chance that they can be saved using Photoshop (or similar) as you can resurrect photographs with just a few settings but you really need to act fast to get your Polaroids scanned and repaired as soon as you can or you’ll probably have a grey square with a white border to show for all your photographic efforts. Unlock My Past’s Photo Scanning Service starts from just 25p per print. If you’d like a free no obligation quotation use our online form and we will get back to promptly with a quote.
From a report, today at the BBC News website comes this latest use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) as it uses semantic soft segmentation which automatically separates objects in a picture. “Researchers at MIT Csail have created an artificial intelligence (AI) that makes editing your pictures simpler.”
Anyone who uses Photoshop will recognise the advantages of having layers automatically sorted for you when copying around human or other objects so that you can work on images.
WIll it make my work easier or make me redundant?
At the end of the clip (follow the link) it suggests that they will be able to apply this to movies/videos which will open up endless possibilities in both the static and moving image world.
What do you think? Will AI be helpful to us in the future or take over your job and the world?
We were once again delighted to be able to support Local & Live 2018 at Calverley Park Tunbridge Wells over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Our video was playing on Saturday and Sunday whilst hundreds of acts played across the main stage and satellite venues around Tunbridge Wells. It’s a pleasure to support Paul Dunton and everyone who works so hard at Local & Live.
This is a small version of our video that has been showing on the giant screen at Local & Live 2017 in Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells. An annual event to showcase young artists in and around the Tunbridge Wells area we were lucky to be given the opportunity to have our video showing during the Festival.
We receive a lot of photographs that are faded and in many circumstances they are faded across their whole surface evenly. Occasionally we get photographs like this one that have been kept in an oval frame and exposed to ultra violet (UV) sunlight which, over time, fade part of the photograph.
Here we see the original photograph scanned at 600 dpi and the full extent of the fading is apparent and the outline of where the oval frame was is clearly visible.
Our graphic artist was able to bring the picture back to its full glory using Photoshop, using samples of the existing (non faded) photograph and applying this to the faded part the picture has been restored. The results are, as you can see, excellent restoring this photograph to its former glory and providing the customer with an electronic version so that they could share it with their family and friends and order a new copy to replace the old one in its oval frame. They might keep this one out of the sunlight this time though.
unlockmypast works with trained graphic artists to breath new life into old, faded, torn, stained, scratched and creased photographs. We don’t charge an arbitrary figure like some services and review each photograph on its merits pricing them accordingly. We provide obligation free estimates based on the level of damage to the photograph and in many cases we provide enhancements to superficial scratches and blemishes as part of our standard service.
Why not contact us to see if we can assist in breathing new life into your old photographs? Estimates are free and without obligation. You can use the contact forms dotted around the website or email us or call and just have a chat.
The photographs are shown side by side so that you can compare the before and after versions: