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1.1 Introduction

Welcome to Archival Photo Restoration! Working with old images is fun and fascinating. In this lesson I’ll outline the rest of the course. I’ll also cover what you need to work with archival pictures: a scanner or a copy stand to digitise your negatives or prints. If you don't have these yet, don't worry—I’ve provided digital files so you can follow along. You'll also need Adobe Photoshop or a similar raster image editing program, like Affinity Photo, Pixelmator, Pixeluvo or GIMP.

1.1 Introduction

Hi, welcome to Totes Plus and Archival Photo Restoration. I'm Marie Gardner, and in this course I'm gonna look at salvaging old photos. Restoration is much more than just repairing a damaged image. It's important to know why we restore, how to handle and treat old photos, and then how to tag and file them so that you can find what you need easily in the future. In this stage of our world, photographs are thought of almost as disposable. We snap pictures on our phones and tablets and very rarely actually do anything with them. As time moves on, the chances are that we'll print far less photos than our predecessors and old prints that have survived the journey into the digital age may well fall into disrepair. It's really important for us to be thinking about preserving, restoring, and digitizing these images now. So in this course we'll look at practical skills like repairing and restoring an old image, colorizing or recoloring an image, but also cover how to properly digitize and catalog your images at a useful metadata, not only for your own ease of use. But for those that might take on your archive in future generations. You'll also hear from two experts in their field about why restoration and preservation is so important, and how to look after your hard copies properly. For the course a scanner or copy stand to digitize negatives or prints is a boom, but if you've not got access to one, don't worry you can skip that part and go straight on to restoration. You'll need an old photograph with some substantial damage to practice your skills on. I'm providing the one that I'll be working on, so you can save that and work alongside the lessons. You're also going to need Photoshop or another image editing program and some basic knowledge of how the tools work. Our first lesson is all about why we preserve or restore, where we'll hear from local historian and archivist, Norman Kirtland, and keeper of history at Sunderland Archives, Martin Routledge. Thanks for watching.

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