Old Photos and Family Memories: Beauty and Jealousy

Original Photo of the Lady before Photo Restoration
Original Photo of the Lady before Photo Restoration | Source

Finding the Old Photo

My first thoughts when I looked at the photo were “I didn’t realize we had anyone in the family with such stunning looks”.

My sister had made a collage of old photos for my mum a couple of years ago. I must admit that I had never really looked at it properly. More recently however, I have become intrigued about our old family photographs and the stories they tell. If I look closely at the collage now I recognize mum as a girl, and also my aunts, uncles and grandparents. This particular photograph caught my eye with interest. What a stunning lady! I didn’t recognize her as a close relative, and so assumed that she was a distant aunt perhaps. I had to know everything.

“Who is this lady, Mum?”

“Oh, she had her photograph taken in your Grandparents’ Photographic Studio”

(Photographic Studio?)

“They had an argument over that photograph…”

I had absolutely no idea that my Grandparents owned a Photographic Studio. Suddenly, I am tingling with excitement because I know that Mum and I are going down memory lane again. As we find ourselves looking at this particular photograph - just like pressing a button - a wealth of new and incredible information materialises before me!

I restored this old photograph of my Grandparents
I restored this old photograph of my Grandparents | Source

My Grandparents

I had never met my Grandfather (Mum’s Dad). He died suddenly when Mum was still a little girl, leaving my Grandmother to bring up 6 children on her own. But sure enough, about 70 years ago, my Grandparents had their own Photographic Studio in Birmingham in the UK. Perhaps my love of photography did come through the family genes after all!

The Story of our Stunning Lady

My Mum proceeded to tell me the fascinating story, as it was once told to her by my Grandmother.

One day, our attractive young lady walked into my Grandparents’ Photographic Studio with very definite ideas on how she would like to have her portrait taken. She wanted to wear a veil, have a shawl draped around her bare shoulders and to hold a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. While my Grandfather was arranging the shawl around the young lady’s shoulders, my Grandmother walked into the studio, briefly observed the scene before her, and then walked out again. Although this portrait sitting was perfectly professional and completely innocent, my Grandmother had become possessed with jealousy. This sparked a terrible argument between my Grandparents; an argument that did not subside for several days!

I was quite astonished that the photograph had been kept after it had caused such a reaction. What was more ironic was that my sister, who had found the photo, didn’t know who it was but liked it so much that had placed it in the collage next to my Grandparents’ photo!

Restoring the Old Photo

Photo of the Stunning Lady after Black and White Restoration
Photo of the Stunning Lady after Black and White Restoration | Source

The photograph was in good condition, but there was still some restoration work to do. I scanned the photo at 600dpi and used Adobe Photoshop for the restoration work.

To restore a black and white photo such as this:-

1. Navigate to the toolbar at the top of the screen

2. Click on IMAGE/MODE/GREYSCALE

Over the years, colour fades in old photographs. Black and white photos also become very discoloured over time. Adobe does a very accurate colour restore for both colour and black and white photos this also improves clarity and sharpness.

This is a great quick fix!

3. Go to IMAGE/ADJUSTMENTS, and click on AUTO LEVELS; the adjustment is immediate.

4. Next go to IMAGE/ADJUSTMENTS and click on CURVES

5. A new window opens to make a manual adjustment to brightness and contrast.

When restoring old photos, I recommend that you always work on your photo zoomed in; you will be amazed what you can see. If your photo looks good when you are zoomed in, then it’s even more impressive when you zoom back out!

6. Keep saving copies of your work as you go.

Because my sister had cut the photo into a shape (bless her) the edges needed tidying up and the photo needed a background.

To do this, follow the next few simple steps:-

7. Open up a new image; I selected 6 inches x 8 inches and 400dpi .

8. Select the paint bucket tool and a colour and click on your new image to apply a background colour.

9. Next, navigate back to your original photo

10. Click on the selection tool; I chose ‘eclipse’ to shape the photo how I wanted it to look.

11. Copy and paste the selection to your new image.

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I added a splash of colour into the bouquet of flowers.
I added a splash of colour into the bouquet of flowers. | Source
I experimented by adding different colours into the bouquet.
I experimented by adding different colours into the bouquet. | Source

Add a Splash of Colour for Effect

To very easily and simply add a little colour to your photo, follow these easy steps:-

1. If your image is in black and white, firstly navigate to the toolbar at the top of the screen, and select IMAGE/MODE/RGB COLOUR.

2. Select the ‘colour replacement tool’

3. Set the required foreground colour and the required size for the tool in the toolbar.

4. Zoom in on your image and start painting

It’s that easy!


Once you start adding a splash of colour, the possibilities are endless. I experimented by adding different colours into bouquet of flowers. I also added some colour to my Grandfather’s buttonhole!

I have had a huge amount of fun playing with the ‘colour replacement tool’ with lots of different photos; I hope you do too!

For some more nice easy tips please see my hub Photo Restoration Scanning and Restoring Old Photos at Home.

I have loved spending quality time with my Mum looking at old photos. You never know what surprises might be in store when you take a trip down memory lane!


A restored photo of my Grandparents with a splash of colour for effect.
A restored photo of my Grandparents with a splash of colour for effect. | Source

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Comments 66 comments

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Wow movie master..what a stunning picture..and great advice and help on restoring old photo's we have tons..may have to make this a project..Thank you for a great hub..very awesome and useful..

Sunnie


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Oh this is brilliant!! I love old photographs and I love old stories so having the two together in this wonderful hub was ace!! Not only that but we get lessons on how to produce better photos! This is a definate winner and have bookmarked + voted up awesome! Many thanks for sharing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sunnie Day, wow - isn't she stunning!!! glad you liked the information on restoring photos, hope you have a go at it, it's so rewarding, if you have any questions or need any help just email me, thank you for your lovely lovely comments, now how about another coffee over at the Emerald Wells Cafe? x


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Seeker7, Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving such wonderful comments, they made me smile and made my day, so very much appreciated, take care.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wow, The photos you restore are beautiful. Your hub, and your work is always awesome. God Bless You, and Your magnificent loved ones.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

What a great story. Photoshop is an amazing tool. I used to use it a lot and will get back there after your inspiration.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Will meet you there in at five...shopping was outstanding..I don't think we went over board do you? :)


Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

Stunning photo and she is beautiful. I can see why your gran would be a tad jealous. PSE 8 baffles me so when you break out the instructions on the big boy I pay attention. Thanks!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi stars, thank you so much for your wonderful complimentary comments, I really enjoyed restoring and sharing this photo. Take care and have a beautiful day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, it's lovely to see you here today, I hope all is well with you, Photoshop is amazing software, I am still learning and enjoying there is just so much to learn! I hope you enjoy having a 'go' again! take care and see you again soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sunnie, I so enjoyed our day together, shopping was great, especially the bargains!! let's do it again sometime! x


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Lynn, isn't she stunning! thank you so much for dropping by and your comments and I'm glad you enjoyed some info on Photoshop! have a great day:-)


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a great hub, thank you so much for sharing this gem.

It's priceless !!

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

What a beautiful hub and the photos are amazing, Movie Master! Voted up, up and away!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eiddwen, It's so nice to see you here, thank you for your lovely comments, you take care too and see you again soon!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex, I always look forward to and enjoy your visits, your words mean a great deal to me thank you, have a fabulous day!


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ournote2self 5 years ago

What a great story. I love looking through old photographs and traveling down memory lane.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ournote2self, it's nice to see you, you never know what you might find out with a few old photos down memory lane! many thanks for visiting and your comments, take care.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, This is amazing. The color added to the photos is beautiful. I can see why Grandmother was a little jealous, the lady is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi always exploring, yes isn't the lady gorgeous, I enjoyed restoring her photo and playing with a bit of colour! glad you enjoyed it thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comments.


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Captainausume 5 years ago from New Jersey

Old photos are like old books. It's like you are traveling through time when you hold them in your hands


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Captainausume, I agree - photos are memories and wonderful to look back on, isn't it great to find a photo and you think 'I'd forgotton all about that!' thank you for visiting and your comments.


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Movie Master, I too love old photographs! Just recently, I went thru an old set I have acquired from a cousin's widow and recognized relatives from another era. I was transported back in time imagining their lives then!

Great Hub!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Scribenet, it's great to see you here, Old photos have such a charm about them, I love it when Mum starts talking about the 'old days' and surprising me! thank you for visiting and your comments, have a great day.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Oh this is great, really great. The pictures are stunningly beautiful. You have written and presented the hub Excellently. It us very much educative. Amazing how old photos could be made so beautiful by adding colours!

Best Wishes to you.

Kamalesh

P.S. UP & AWESOME


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kamalesh, I thought these old photographs were just beautiful and I enjoyed restoring them, and adding the splash of colour bought the photos alive, I loved sharing them, so your comments have meant a great deal to me you are so kind, thank you.


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NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

This is brillant. Thanks!

I love taking pictures. My pics now are of New Mexico, USA.

Following you 4 sure!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi NML, glad you enjoyed the hub, it's nice to see you thanks for the follow and your comments, I'm popping over to yours now...


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Great hub. I love looking through old photos, especially black and white ones. These restored photos are wonderful and a great treasure. Great to find out some family history. Thanks so much for sharing. Voted up and once again awesome.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi jacqui, thank you so much for dropping by and leaving your lovely comments, I really enjoying finding out some family history and I loved restoring these photos. thanks again and I look forward to lots of hub sharing, take care.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

You are right she is stunning and so is you're Grandmom!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ahorseback, yes she cerainly was a 'stunner' no wonder my Grandma got jealous.

It was quite a surprise when I first saw the photo of my Grandparents, I had no idea Grandma was so lovely.

Thank you for dropping by and your comments, it's always good to see you, take care.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I love black and white photos. Sometimes color can be a distraction. Loved your work


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Danette, I agree I love black and white photos, they have a charm all of their own.

Thank you for dropping by and your comments, take care and have a great day.


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seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

Nicely done! I loved how you added colors to the bouquet of flowers. Thanks for sharing these tips about photo editing as well. Voted up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello seriousnuts, I really enjoyed restoring this photo and couldn't resist that bit of colour!

Thank you for visiting,your great comments and vote, glad you enjoyed it, take care.


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mondkill 5 years ago

I love the old photos you used in your hub, photo can tell a thousands of stories.

Have a nice day Movie Master....


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mondkill, I enjoyed restoring the photo of this beautiful lady and my grandparents photos and the story behind the photo came as quite a surprise!

Many thanks for your comment, hope you have a wonderful weekend, take care.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

What a fascinating true story, you could use this as a starting point for a fictional short story. The part of the page about the restoration work on the photo is useful and interesting. Thank you, I will be bookmarking this in case I get a chance to have a try at restoring the old photos we have.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi 2uesday, I thought it was fascinating when Mum told me and I was hoping she would reveal even more surprises, maybe another day!

You've 'planted the seed' regarding the story, thank you!

As always many thanks for your continued support and comments, It means a lot to me, best wishes MM


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Wow that is some great photo resotation work. You have inspired me to do some old photographs restoration work myself. and yes visiting down the memory lane with your mum is intresting sometimes!! my mum gets so nostalgic about everything and at times repeats the tings i have already heard and know a number of times :))


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Carrie, I hope you enjoy doing some photo restoration work, it's so rewarding!

I know what you mean, we tend to hear the same stories over and over, but just occasionally they come up with something really 'interesting'!!

Many thanks for your comments, take care and have a great day, best wishes MM


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bell du jour 5 years ago from Ireland

Hi MM, what a lovely story ...but your Grandmother had no reason to be jealous, she was a beautiful woman herself! A lovely story and some great tips.

Bell


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Bell, I had no idea my Grandmother was so lovely until I saw this photo, but the 'other' lady was a bit of a babe....

It's always nice to see you, many thanks for your comments, hope you have a wonderful day, best wishes MM


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Gypsy48 5 years ago

Love the color added to the photo, informative restoration tips. I want to try this on my mothers old photos. Thanks


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SheliaKay 5 years ago from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie

You do such wonderful work with old photos. The young lady in the photo is exquisite and love love the story behind it. I have been looking at the Adobe Photoshop program for my computer, so now I think I just may have to get it. I love old photos. I still have not solved the mystery of the family in my tintype. I would love to know that story.Great Hub as usually!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Totally stunning. The picture pops after you added some colors. Now, I know where you got your good looks--your grandparents are gorgeous. Rated up, of course.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Gypsy, glad you found these tips useful and hope you enjoy restoring your old photos.

Many thanks for your visit and comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Shelia, the Adobe software is brilliant! You'll find the 'Elements' version much cheaper and it should have all you need for restoring photos.

The 'lady' is stunning and I was so excited when Mum told me the story.

What a shame you haven't solved your mystery yet, good luck with it and keep trying!

Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, take care MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, I love playing around with colour in Adobe it's lots of fun and can transform a photo.

You say the nicest things, thank you for your wonderful comments, I hope all is well with you, best wishes MM


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collegatariat 5 years ago

What a beautiful job on the restoration, and what an entertaining story to go along with it. Thanks for the tutorial also-- voted up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi collegatariat, many thanks for dropping by and your great comments and votes, glad you enjoyed it!

Best wishes MM


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gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

I love staring at the old photos of my family. The portrait of the young lady is beautiful. Great hub! Thanks for sharing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi gryphin, I never tire of looking at old black and white family photos, they seem to have a charm all of their own.

Yes, this lady certainly is stunning!

Many thanks for visiting and your comments, best wishes MM


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geetbhim 4 years ago from Ludhiana India

Thanks for the great hub and the useful tips MM that have provided by you may be I will try my hand on this tips.

Pictures are awesome! voted up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi geetbhim, I hope you find these tips useful, they are surprisingly easy to do and fun too!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes MM


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Great story and instructions. Have tons of black and white photos I would like to restore.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Lilleyth, thank you for stopping by and your comments, I'm glad you enjoyed reading and hope you find the tips useful restoring your photos.

Best wishes Lesley


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Cute story, MM! Maybe it would be fun to create a story about the mystery lady, and why she wanted her picture taken. Or maybe write alternative endings, and let the readers vote for their faves!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Molly, I like your idea - the lady is far too mysterious and interesting to be forgotten!

Many thanks for stopping by and your comments, hopefully I can come up with something and there will be a hub to follow!


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Sounds good! :-)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Molly - I'm on a mission!


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lbjnflower 3 years ago from TENN

Sweet story and i love how you put color to the black and white picture


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ibjnflower, thank you for reading and your comments, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Best wishes Lesley


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Very nice your grandparents were such nice looking couple. I really like the touch of color. Voted up.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi moonlake, thank you for visiting, your comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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