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Restoring and Tinting Vintage Images Paperback – October 16, 2012
About the Author
David Richardson is an amateur historian, restoration artist and lecturer. He has restored and tinted hundreds of 2D and 3D images for his websites: http://www.historyinfullcolor.com; http://www.historyin3d.com; http://www.civilwarin3d.com; and http://www.civilwarincolor.com. He frequently lectures and conducts workshops at both the national and local levels on the Civil War as well as restoration and tinting. When not traveling he lives with his wife in Southern California.
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Richardson's book is written as a simple, easy-to-understand, training course for anyone interested in adding a better sky, fixing an area that time had removed or altered, adjusting the contrast and levels the way they should have been done originally, or even making it better than it was to begin with.
To make this book even more instructive, he does this in three dimensions. I do that type of photography, too, but the information I gleaned from reading his book is so useful I'd recommend it even to people who are only doing digital changes on flat images. I've already used what I learned from his book extensively, just for plain old two dimensional family pictures.
Richardson uses his own examples of stereoviews of the Civil War, taken from the Library of Congress and other on-line free resources (all detailed on-line addresses included). He downloads these, cleans them up until they look brand new, which is a remarkable lesson in itself, and then teaches you how to tint them. In the process you learn about layers, repairing blemishes or missing breaks and tears, straightening the image, colorizing, and doing so much more.
His chapters are extremely well written, full of illustrations to let you know how to proceed and how the image will turn out. The Table of Contents and index make it easy to find something later that you want to go back to for a reminder.
After playing around with old digital photos for over a decade this is the first book that really spoke to me and taught me so much. Many hours of classes on Photoshop did not leave me with the knowledge I needed to have. This book was well worth the cost, and has provided me with a treasure trove of valuable instruction I yearned for.
The book is available from the author for $39.95 at[...]or from Amazon.com and other online sellers. (Review written by David's partner, Susan Pinsky)