My Grandmother’s Photo and my Grandfather’s Photographic Artistry
A Surprising Find
When I first found this photograph of my Grandmother, I don’t know if I was more surprised at the technical photographic ability of a photo that was taken almost 100 years ago, or how lovely my Grandmother was.
The photograph was taken by my Grandfather who, as I only recently discovered, owned a Photographic Studio in the early 1900’s.
My Grandfather's aim was to create a mirror image of my Grandmother and at a first glance I see that he has achieved it.
I look in the mirror and what do I see?
A lovely image looking back at me
Looking at the original photograph more closely, I see that two separate photos had been taken and the images of my Grandmother aren’t quite identical. They have been cleverly blended together to form one mirror-like image.
I wonder how many photos had been taken to achieve this effect. How many adjustments were made in my Grandfather’s pursuit of achieving a perfect image?
The position of her hand
The tilt of her head
What would my Grandfather think of technology today and the digital age?
Instead of the painstakingly frustrating hours of posing, taking photos and developing in darkrooms, we can achieve wonderful and magical effects with a simple camera and a computer.
How to Restore an Old Photo
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.
Restoring my Grandparents' Photo
At first glance, it looked as though there was a lot of work to do to restore this photo.
Many old photos are printed on and mounted in cardboard; this has actually helped to preserve them.
They are less likely to become creased and torn and if the photo is set in a mount; this will help to protect it.
After I scanned the photo and began to restore it, I cropped the image and instantly removed the scruffy looking mount that improved the image immediately!
For more information and some easy tips on restoring old photos please read my hub Photo Restoration: Scanning and Restoring your Photos at Home.
How to Add Colour to a Black and White Photo
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- The Beautiful Lady - With No Name
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- How To Create Your Own Modern Photo Booth Photo Strip
- An Easy Way To Give Your Digital Image A Reflection
I couldn’t resist adding a little colour to the photo! For easy instructions on how you can add a splash of colour to a photo using Adobe Photoshop please read my hub "Old Photos and Family Memories: Beauty, Jealousy and a Bit of an Argument!".
Let's Have Some Fun with Mirrored Effects!
I created some mirror image photos using Adobe Photoshop; I wonder what my Grandfather would make of these?
This is easy to do and lots of fun, just follow my step-by-step instructions below. I hope you enjoy experimenting!
How to Create your Mirror Image
- Open your image in Adobe Photoshop
- Go to FILE/NEW to create a background image. I chose 8x6 inches 400dpi. You can choose any background colour but you will probably crop the background out when you have created your image.
- Select the MOVE tool and drag the image to the background layer.
- If the image is too large, go to EDIT, select FREE TRANSFORM, hold down the shift key and move the cursor to the bottom right of the photo and then position and size your image as required (this keeps your image proportionate).
- Click on LAYER in the task bar, then DUPLICATE LAYER. This has created a layer on top of your first image.
- Position this to the side of your image with the MOVE tool
- Go to EDIT, select TRANSFORM and flip horizontally.
- CROP your image to your required size and you have created your mirror image.
Step by Step ScreenshotsClick thumbnail to view full-size
I would like to attribute this hub to the memory of my Grandparents.
You passed away when I was only 12 years old, but I remember you so well.
The Nanny I knew was crippled with arthritis and confined to a wheelchair and although you were constantly in pain, you never complained.
And now after all these years, I have come in possession of these photographs.
This is the Nanny I never knew, how lovely to see your face without the etchings of pain.
To my Grandfather who passed away before I was born.
I love and admire your photographic work and I will always treasure these photographs.
Restoring your photos has been so rewarding and special to me.
They will be passed on down our family for generations to come.
You will both always be remembered.