Don’t wait for the old photos to turn yellow. Old photos are refurbished like this!

Looking through my childhood photo albums with my family is a reserved program for all ages during the Spring Festival. There is always a different kind of fun. However, seeing important old photos due to improper preservation and other reasons causes yellowing, creases and always makes people It’s a pity that I can’t go back when I was young. How can I keep the photos related to the old memories forever?

In the rapidly changing digital age, a mobile phone can handle most of the daily life. If you can upload old photos to the Internet to communicate and share with friends or family members, it will definitely give off its second life. How to convert the old photos full of memories into digital format and save them as data forever on the mobile phone or computer carrier? Copying or scanning are common methods.

But self-reproduction always feels tricky, because for non-professionals, curling and glare are not easy to handle. But fortunately, the improvement in camera performance has made up for the lack of proficiency of amateur photographers. If you pay attention to the following points, even a novice can do it! Let’s turn out the old photos at the bottom of the press box together, and go back to the carefree childhood with your family~

Remake equipment requirements

As far as remakes are concerned, there are book remakes, graphic reproductions remakes, and objects and large-scale art remakes. Family photo remakes are different from collections or academic-level material remakes. The requirements for the camera are not so high. Generally speaking, 18 million pixels. The above cameras are sufficient for use. The most important element of a good remake camera is the quality of the sensor and lens. It is recommended to buy a mid-to-high-end SLR or mirrorless camera, because the difference in remake is mostly reflected in the control of distortion, color reproduction and latitude, which are related to the camera sensor and lens. Closely related.

Shooting skills

1. Stable
Keywords: tripod stabilized picture, reflector pre-up, time-lapse shooting, vertical vertical shooting

When retaking old photos, there are a few points to note. First, if possible, purchase the necessary tripod, fix the camera on the tripod when shooting, turn off the camera and lens anti-shake after setting it up, and turn on the “reflector pre-up” option (if available) If not), if not, start time-lapse shooting to avoid blurring of photos caused by hand pressing the shutter or vibration of the reflector.

The normal rectangle can be taken when the lens and the photo are vertical. Focus on the center of the photo when shooting. Vertical vertical shooting is not prone to virtual focus and rectangular distortion. At the same time, pay attention to make the photo full of the frame as much as possible, so in the later stage In order to maximize the cropped pixels, make the photo pixels as high as possible and retain the image quality as much as possible.

If you encounter a small 1-inch ID photo that cannot be solved by the macro lens, you must use a close-up lens to assist in shooting. In short, remember to use the highest pixel of the camera to shoot before shooting. The tripod is stable and the vertical position is maintained. The purpose is to reduce the post-adjustment steps and maintain the highest pixel cutting space.

2. Flat
Keywords: Appropriate 50-100mm focal length, flattened photos

If you are using an interchangeable lens camera, a standard lens or a 90mm/100mm macro is a suitable focal length. 50mm-100mm can be used to remake the photo to reduce the distortion as much as possible and ensure that the shooting picture is not deformed.

If the edge of the photo is curled or warped, clamp it with a heavy book or clean glass in advance and press it for a few days to make it flat before taking a copy. If you don’t have time to deal with it, you can also temporarily use scotch tape + double-sided clips to fix the corners on the desktop, and use a method that does not damage the photos to make the surface flat.

3. Even
Keywords: scattered light, no flash, uniform light intensity


When re-shooting, you should pay attention to uniform light. The soft scattered light is more suitable for flat photo shooting. To avoid reflections, do not turn on the flash. Natural light or lighting can complete an excellent photo re-shooting. In the case of lighting, use double-symmetrical lights of about 45° and keep the light intensity on both sides consistent to maintain the uniform lighting of the picture; when shooting with pure natural light, choose a position near the window to keep the picture bright while avoiding direct sunlight.

4. Net
Keywords: clean surface dust

What has been neglected in the early stage is that it is best to organize old photos in advance. Due to the difference between the preservation method and the indoor environment, many old photos that have been neglected may have been yellowed, warped, and adhered. Please clean the photos before shooting to remove the visible dust or fine particles on the surface. If you press the equalizer in advance, the subsequent shooting will be smoother.

5. Cut

Generally speaking, due to the different sizes of photos, there will be margins when digital cameras are retaken. For friends with post-production skills, post-cutting is a simple matter. Use Photoshop’s “free cropping” method here. You can choose to restore the photo size in one step, or reconstruct the image (see your aesthetic and photo needs). For ordinary users who don’t have a post-based foundation, it is recommended to use the picture browsing software that comes with the computer to achieve the cutting action.

Other methods

Scanner: Is the scanning quality good or the remake quality good?

Remake refers to a film digitization scheme that uses a digital camera with a macro lens to shoot negatives. Compared with scanning, it is more suitable for non-commercial digital film double-repair and has a higher pursuit of image quality and has a certain post-production ability and color theory basis. Audiophile.

Home-based scanning methods have low tolerance, high contrast, or insufficient pixels. Compared with manual remake, although the operation steps are simpler, the effect is not as good as the image quality of the camera remake.

Remake APP: It is more convenient to shoot directly on the phone!

Since the introduction of mobile phones, the frequency of computer opening has been reduced a lot. Is there a way to make a remake that can be done without using a camera and a computer? The answer is yes! Like PhotoScan (photo scanner) and Time Album have their own photo scanning function, you can scan all kinds of paper photos anytime and anywhere when you turn on the phone camera. The installation is simple, put the photo into the viewfinder, the screen will appear four dots, move Circle the location on the phone.

The whole process takes only 3 seconds to accurately identify the boundaries and content of the old photos without glare. It can also optimize the image during the scanning process and remove the light spots. It supports Android and iOS systems, and the effect is amazing.

Summary: Whether you are looking for a friend when you were a child to recount the past, or chatting with your parents and elders, the old photos you can check at any time must be the best source of stories.

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