If you want to revive you old photos and thus memories, making use of photo restoration services is absolutely the best option. You neighborhood will have many place offering to restore your old photos. However, if you want to get the best value for your money, you should be aware of a few things before choosing a particular photo restoration vendor.
There will be many restoration services which will promise to enhance your photos in such a way that they will look even better than the original. They will also offer you certain free services going by the name of tone correction, red eye correction and the likes. You must know that most of the photo manipulation is done using photo editing software.
That said, it does not mean that you can do all the things that they do at home. They have a certain expertise with photo editing, hence special services. Some of the free services that these vendors purport to offer are often quite trivial and don’t take much time. Often these are done with a single mouse click. Beware of this when you are looking for restoration vendors.
On the other hand some of the photo restoration services might put a premium on extra features and charge you more for such jobs. Again, such minor things such as tone correction take mere seconds or a few mouse clicks and are not really worth paying for. Let the service know that you don’t necessarily need to pay for such small manipulations.
As mentioned earlier, there is a lot of software such as GIMP and Photoshop that can help restore photos. The reason why you are using specialized services instead of just using such software is that they manually do a lot of photo manipulation that is difficult to do and at the same time, very time consuming.
Since you are paying him you hard earned money, you must ask him whether he does all the manipulation by hand. The reason it is better to do all the editing of you photo with hand is that manual editing allows for more thorough correction which the software algorithms might not always be able to do.
Many photo restoration services, to go one up on the competition will tell you that they also give away a free print of your restored digital photos. Almost all vendors in such cases use very thin photo papers which of very low quality. You need high quality paper for the photos to last longer.
As such a free print out should not be a deciding factor in choosing a good restoration service. Some of the restoration services charge an exorbitant amount of money taking advantage of the innocence of customers. It is necessary that you ask around the get to know the average market price for photo restoration so that you get the best value for money.
If you have considered all the factors that I have outlined above, you will be sure to have a safe experience with your photo restoration vendor. Best of Luck!