Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Family History: Fun with Photos

I love stumbling upon old family photos.  How am I related to this person?  Do we share a resemblance?  Does the background of the photo give me any clues about their daily life?



Sometimes, though, an old photo looks oldI can't tell if there is a family resemblance, because I can hardly tell what the person's face looks like.  Enter photo editing software to the rescue.  

I am not an expert at photo editing, but I do like to experiment.  I usually use either www.picmonkey.com or www.picasa.com , but there are plenty of programs (free and otherwise) from which to choose. No matter which program I use, I like to make sure to save a copy of the photo first, so that I always have an unedited copy for future reference.

For this post, I started with this photo of my great-grandparents, Donald Joseph Telfer and Edna Anna Hunt:

 
They are dressed up, yet appear to be out on a picnic.  Notice the pail in his hand.  She has a beautiful smile.  His face is obscured by shadow.  They are accompanied by a dog in the background. 

After playing with exposure, cropping, and special effects, I came up with these:






Have you ever tried editing old photos?

Thanks for family photos, which offer a glimpse into the past.


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5 comments:

  1. Yes, I've tried to work with a few with good results. I use iPhoto on my computer.

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  2. The first thing my web design teacher taught us was to always save the original photo before making any edits! It has been a lifesaver more than once.

    I like freeonlinephotoeditor.com for basic editing and lunapic.com for adding fun stuff like graphics, borders, glitter, animation, etc.

    My family isn't very close knit, but I do cherish the few old family pictures I have, my great grandparents and grandparents. So much personality comes through to see them when they were younger, posing with cars, in bathing suits, etc.

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  3. I haven't tried editing old photos yet. Yours turned out great considering what you had to work with. Old photos fade so much don't they? You actually look a lot like your great grandmother Edna! A resemblance for sure.

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  4. That's really neat! I've never tried to edit any old photos like that but I do goof around with my recent photos with Instagram and other "happening" apps that allow me to change the look of my pictures.

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  5. I actually have restored 2 older photos, one of my grandparents and one of my uncle -- both had been lunch for a mouse and weren't in great shape before that. Photoshop and I have this wonderful love/hate relationship!

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