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I have a black and white photograh from the 1940's that is seriously yellowing, not fading, but yellowing. It was a photo taken at one of those popular outside photographing booths they had at carnivals back then. You would put your money in the booth slot, hop in the booth and sit down. The photos would come out in strips afterwards. Is there something I can apply to the original actual photo to help remove the yellowing?
I have scanned it and applied a special lighting to the scanned photo because the yellowing was more pronounced once scanned. It seemed to brighten it. I placed it on my AARP profile. It's the one labelled, "My mum at age 19 in 1948". I guess it looks so-so. I'm not totally pleased with the results. Any suggestions?
Re: Applying anything to the original print - would strongly suggest you ignore that idea entirely, unless you've worked with photo processing, developers, etc. If your unhappy with your digital enhancements - then you could hire a photo conservator -or- someone used to working with proofs/portraits.
Experts in photo restoration cost bucks. $100 hour and up, you might be able to find a Portrait Photographic studio (real - like a Purdy's of Boston). You really need someone with many years experience manipulating photographs, who might be able to make an internegative - then lighten the new negative while processing. I haven't dodge and burned in ages so, my memories shot on that idea.
www.metacafe.com/watch/1269871/photoshop_tutorial_fix_badly_yellowed_photos/">Photoshop Tutorial - Fix Badly Yellowed Photos 25-Apr-08
Try the above tutorial - I don't think you mentioned your photo editing software, it should offer assistance. Most freebie software editing programs offer the same general manipulations the name may change but, the process is still the same.