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Antique Tintype Too Dark

Discussion in 'Film and Vintage Forum' started by Loyer, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. Loyer

    Loyer New Member

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    Is there any way to brighten an antique tintype photo ? I have a soldier tintype but it is so dark it can only be seen under harsh light.

    I would like to bring the actual tinnie back to it's original brightness if possible.

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  2. Andy 0

    Andy 0 Always on Premium Member

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    I'd say you'll need to speak to a specialist about that one for sure!

    I'd be carefully just blindly following anything you read that a clock socket like me can just post up on the web as there is a real risk the image could be damaged more.

    Good luck with that, tintypes are fascinating!
     
  3. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. I have a couple of pointers for you to start you off on the right foot here.

    1. Drop over the the Who Are You section and introduce yourself. Personally, I would like to know where in Canada you are from, me being a fellow Canuck and you will find that more of the members will respond when they get to know you.

    2. When you upload to the forum, tick the box that says "Full Image" for each. That way we get to see the image without having to click on the icon. I've done that for you here.

    Now, a question. Are you trying to restore the tintype itself, or just have a restored digital copy of it? One is possible with patience and time, but actual restoration of the original I would leave to one of the experts in that field.
     
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  4. MikeB

    MikeB Always on Premium Member

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    There are schools that continue to teach tintype processing and some photographer/artists continue the process (to mixed results). So you might look into whether there is someone near that can help you.

    The tintype itself looks like all of the varnish and some image has been worn off. It the worse for wear from the original oval frame as well as UV damage. A trained curator may be able to replace the old varnish which may improve the brightness. But even without the wear, most of the ultra-violet light damage is not reversible.

    You can make a digital copy of the stabilized image and edit the digital copy but I believe there is little that can be done with the tintype except to properly stabilize it protecting it from future loss.
     
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  5. Loyer

    Loyer New Member

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    I was hoping there was a method to lighten the original tintype , kind of reverse developing. Even the free photoshop programs help brighten the image for a digital copy but then it is only a copy.
     

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