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I've entered the world of home movie conversion and I am not surprised at how much I am enjoying it! I was always the one who knew how to program the VCR and run the video camera back in the day.

One of the first videos I converted was of my family picking out our Christmas tree on my Uncle Bob's tree farm. It was 1988. My brothers were tossing a football over the rows of trees. My sister was giggling at her own silliness. Mom and grandma walking up and down the rows, trying to get us to focus on picking a tree. Me, taking my job as videographer a little too seriously.

Cut to decorating the tree in our living room on Hull Street. Christmas music in the background from mom's record player. The sound of dad making popcorn in the kitchen. The lively and constant narration as we bring out our favorite ornaments and seek their place on the tree.

Purely sentimental. Full of the sights and sounds of Christmas in 1988. A true holiday classic and better than anything the Hallmark Channel will offer me this holiday season.

I am now offering video conversion from the following media: VHS, DVD, Hi8, 8mm, MiniDV, USB, Flip. I can also convert older digital video files to current file types that are compatible with your favorite cloud service, tablet or phone. Check out pricing for all current services here.

Get in touch now for a one of a kind Christmas gift. Orders placed by November 18 will be ready before December 18.

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Updated: Sep 24

We have made it to that sweet spot in the seasons. Early fall. My favorite for as long as I can remember and made official on the day we brought out son home in late September 2010.

That day was The Most Perfect Fall Day. There was a cool breeze as we carried him out of the hospital, swimming in his giant carseat. Not a touch of humidity in the air. Bright blue sky and leaves just starting to turn. Midwestern weather perfection.

I have a photo of that somewhere. How often do we say that?

I know exactly where to find the photos of his first days. Digitally, they are stored in the cloud on Dropbox and on an external harddrive that I can access from my desktop or laptop computers. There is a hard copy in our family photo album from 2010.

But there are many, many photos that are a little lost. Not lost for good, just harder to find because we don't have the same connection.

First steps, first haircut, the time we found the giant yellow leaf. First soccer game or baking cookies with Nana. As the years go by and events start to repeat, they pile and overlap in our memories until it's not as easy to find exactly what we're looking for in our photos. We can remember what, but not exactly when.

Digital photos that are organized not only by event or chronology, but by person and place is the best way to ensure that our photos are easily found. Most of the work I've done so far with Recollect has been scanning and preserving print photos. But organizing digital images is just as important. We must back them up and save them on reliable services and devices that will aid our memory keeping, not confuse it.

If you are interested in learning how to best save and organize your digital photos, get in touch with me and I will help you get started.



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With digital photography, our photos are relatively safe compared to the printed photos that originated in the days of film. Our older printed photos are in a constant danger of fading, damage, or deterioration. Fortunately, digital photo restoration can breathe new life into these fading images,

I've spent some time this summer with some precious, but damaged, photos.

Digital photo restoration is an intricate and tedious process. I use Photoshop, Lightroom and even a little AI to complete these repairs. While AI has been making the news lately with what it can do, it is not a complete solution. Most photo repairs need several different types of tools to complete the job. Coverage of imperfections such as dust and scratches, color matching, texture matching and recreation of details that have been worn or torn away are all part of the process.

Assessing the Damage

Before starting the restoration, an assessment of the photograph's condition is needed. With this project, I was able to do so from photos taken of the photos. I could see that they were physically worn around the edges, had scratches, fold lines and was missing some of the bottom right. It also appeared that the photo had been rolled up at one point.


Some old photos become very brittle over time. Flattening them to scan them could cause further damage. In order to flatten safely, I had to reintroduce some humidity. It sounds a little ridiculous that a photo would need more humidity in the summer in the midwest, but slowing adding concentrated humidity allows the photo to relax and flatten.

Check out the time-lapse of this baby photo uncurling from the humidity created by a wet towel in a sealed container. This took about an hour.

Scanning the image

For photos that need a lot of digital work, I use a flatbed scanner. The photo is scanned at a high resolution in order to give me the most digital information to work with.

Restoring Details and Texture

One of the best things about digital restoration is the ability to restore lost details and textures in the photograph. I've been using Photoshop for a very long time, Replacing, removing and swapping out elements of a photo is nothing new to me. I actually enjoy the tedious detail work involved in this sort of editing work. It's definitely not for everyone. For this photo, I had to recreate portions of the shoes. I had to think back to my art classes in drawing and perspective to imagine how the shoes would have looked in the original.

Color Correction and Enhancement

We all know how to do some changes and adjustment to an image. Editing apps have made that so easy. Color correction can be a little more difficult for restoration jobs. It's not just about knowing the editing program, it's also knowing about photography and how the photo looked in the era that it was made. Or being able to recognize true skin tones, whites and blacks.

Archiving and Preservation:

Once the digital restoration is complete, it's crucial to preserve the restored photograph for future generations. Archiving the digital file in a high-quality format ensures its longevity. Additionally, creating prints on archival paper or transferring the restored image to other mediums like canvas or digital frames can offer physical copies that can be enjoyed and shared.

Who doesn't love a good before and after?

This is an extreme example of what I can do to help keep our family photos safe for the next generation. Most prints have some scratches and creases, maybe a few stains. Some photos have faded or have started to turn red or brown.

Please reach out to me when you are ready to tackle your photo organization or restoration project. I am happy to chat about all of the possibilities available for photos old and new.


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