Sometimes, there’s nothing better than going back through old photographs. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. It gives you the chance to reminisce, to bring back memories and to regale old stories. For some though, going through old pictures gives them a chance to find little gems. Whether it’s a picture of a favourite location, a group shot of family or friends, or even a portrait from years gone by; you may stumble across a wonderful picture that you simply wish you could bring back to life.


Whether you have a print or an old picture saved on your computer, there are ways to bring your images back into the 21st century. Remove any graining, poor lighting and unsaturated colour. Enhance sharpness, tone and brightness. What you may have though was a distant memory, fading at the same rate as your photograph can now be reignited – thanks to modern technology and photo-editing software. Here’s how. 



For those that find an old print in an old album hidden up in the attic, it may be that your picture is losing colour and suffering from poor lighting. To salvage this once picture perfect portrait, you first need to utilise a good quality scanner. For photos that have not been saved in digital format, for example on a computer or hard drive, you’ll need to convert the image into a workable file. This can be achieved using top of the range scanners. If you scan in your picture using an inferior quality device, your picture will simply not look as good. Better technology will scan in your picture using more pixels with a much greater colour density. This gives you a higher quality digital image to work with.


From here, it’s all about using the best and most appropriate photo-editing software. If you’re working with a portrait, software from [Portrait Professional] is absolutely perfect for the task at hand. Depending on what effects you’re looking to apply to the image you can bring it back to life in no time. For example, if tone and brightness are issues, simply move the lighting controls to create a clearer image. For portraits, this will focus the lighting on the skin, enhancing it, rather than making it look overly-saturated in colour.


Image Files

With pictures saved as files, it’s a great deal easier to enhance the image quality as there is no need for scanning. In this instance, all you will need to do is locate the software of your choosing, depending on your needs and requirements. As mentioned, there is excellent photo-editing software specific for portraits. So, if you stumble across an old image taken digitally, you can still enhance this, bringing it back up to a standard that you’re comfortable with when using the photo. Many old images will suffer from classic mistakes. For example, if there’s an old picture of you that you love, had it not been for a few spots or blemishes, then simply remove the affected areas, and have yourself a picture you can be confident with and proud to show-off.


In addition, there are many other techniques you can apply, to create an image that is not just up-to-date, but has the look of a professional photographer. For example, you may have an old image that suffers from a lack of sharpness around the eyes and mouth, or you may feel that your skin looks far too blotchy. Whatever the issue, with professional photo-editing software, you can apply whitening to teeth and eyes, whilst also providing greater definition. In addition, you can smooth out skin, leaving it looking beautifully natural.


In any case, if you find an old picture that you just have to enhance, be sure to use the right technology and software. Be sure to do your research and always check the specifications to see if it offers all of the features you require, otherwise you’ll be wasting time and money. 



An edited photo
Credit: Tom Rinard