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Old 04-20-2005, 03:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, a friend of mine has lent me some negatives his wife's granddad shot while in the Philippines in WWII. Only problem is, these things are DIR-TEE. It's like over the years the dust particles have embedded themselves within the film itself. I've tried PEC-12, but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. Does anyone have any ideas on how to deep-clean a negative?

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Presuming the negs are black and white the best way to clean them is run them in fixer and then some photoflo dry them and print in a enlarger you will be surprised how well they will print in spite of their age and scratches I have tried scanning negs like that and the scan reveals every scratch and dust marks.
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From a digital restoration perspective you could have them scanned with a high end film scanner with ICE hardware. That would keep the fine scratches under control; then you could do a restoration in PS.

Check this website...

http://www.retouchpro.com/

These people are, to image restoration, what GG is, to glamour photography. They are a good, lively bunch of folks who are always willing to help. They are mostly digital types but there are plenty of museum class, film and print restoration specialists hanging out too.

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Yeah, the negs are b & w -- sorry, shoulda mentioned that in the original post. I'll give your suggestions a try and see if I can't get these things cleaned up. I was wanting to print them traditionally -- or try to, anyway -- before I tried any digital restoration. Believe me, I know about scanning bad negs/prints... it shows every little flaw the original has. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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I had thought about doing a digital restoration, too, but I thought it'd be cool to try to print these old negs traditionally first before I did that. I'll give both ways a try and see what I come up with. Unfortunately I don't have a scanner with ICE built in, but it would give me a good excuse to get that new scanner I've had my eye on...

I checked out retouchpro.com... really cool stuff there. Thanks for lettin' me know. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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