The two images above have literally lived in a shoe box for a whole lot of years and taken a beating. That's me around age two with my great grandparents. In fact, so far it's the only picture I've found of me with them and it couldn't be a bigger mess in the quality.
The image below is also me, I'm guessing around six months old with my Dad. I've shared it before - what makes it even more fun for me is what's on the back. I must have been mad at Dad for something and written in crayola, where it says "Ralph and Skip" on the back, I crossed out Skip and put in my sister's name. Dad and I laughed about it for years and neither of us could remember what the great battle was about! LOL
Everybody has old photographs stashed away, including your clients. They represent some great memories, but only if you can share them as relatively decent images. Most of you know my reputation as the low-tech poster child of the industry. I don't spend a lot of time on image manipulation and I need the easiest possible fix when trying to clean up something like these old photographs.
Rick Voight recently asked me, "What if you could restore the color (B&W, sepia) IN SECONDS?" Then he gave me a demo of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software.
I first met Rick, now CEO of Vivid-Pix years ago when he was with Kodak and I was with Hasselblad – so you know how long ago that must have been. We caught up to each other at Imaging USA last year where he introduced me to his amazing software. Rick, and his business partner Randy, leveraged insights from their patented Vivid-Pix LAND & SEA software (fixes land and underwater photos) and decided to create RESTORE to fix old photos (patent pending).
Here's what I appreciate about Vivid-Pix - It makes “fixing pics” fast and easy. And, once you've picked the restored image you like the best, you can save it or further fine-tune for color, B&W or sepia with easy-to-use sliders! It's an easy no-brainer approach taking up minimal time.
It's only available for PC at this time, but worth checking out. Try it for yourself.
They have a Free Trial: CLICK HERE
Wishing everybody a terrific Throwback Thursday! Remember to use your old images as a marketing tool reminding all those moms out there how fast time goes by and how much their family is changing every day!
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