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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Before and After

Before and After

1942 Kodachrome (Andreas Feininger) before & after correction. View full size.

How to get the same result?

Nice job Dave, really nice. I also scan my films sometimes, to have digital images. For a long time I use Photoshop, but I can't get so contrast, clear and bright pictures like yours. Could you tell me what tools (or pugins) do you use in Photoshop to get these masterpieces. For example my result (below) I used "Levels", but I think it's not enough.

[Auto Tone, Auto Color, Shadows & Highlights. - Dave]

Help!

Please let the ignorant among us know... What sort of software was used to reprocess this photo? I have many old slides and photos I would love to repair and this would help greatly! Thank You!!

[Photoshop CS3. - Dave]

 
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