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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Before and After

Before and After

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

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Great Edit

Hi, I admire your work! Really brings magic to these old films.

I was so tempted, I wanted to understand how you did it and wanted to try it myself. I downloaded high res tif files from Library of Congress (for the above example image (googling 1a34848u would get there). Unfortunately, they have 8bit tif, which is insufficient to get all the highlights and shadows.

My question is, how did Shorpy (Mr. Dave Hill) get 16bit tiff files? Did you scan it by yourself?

On the image editing, your work is just stunning! Here's what I got with the 8bit tiff file. I would really like to know your process.

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]


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]

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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