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Restoration and Retouching


TimeLens Digital Imaging restores damaged photos (in some cases rebuilding from the pieces available). Photos can be restored from old negatives if not too badly damaged. Antique and historical photographs are handled with utmost care, stored in an archival quality envelope. It is scanned and digitally restored from the scanned image. All effort is taken as not to compromise the unique characteristics and aesthetics of the period and the influences of the processing techniques of the time. Badly out of focus or badly exposed photos and negatives most of the time cannot be restored, but still submit these for a free appraisal – you never know?

Most faded colour can be restored, or in non-retrieval cases tastefully converted to black and white or sepia. Faded black and white as well as sepia can be revived. Colourizing is also available for black and white or sepia photographs to give a fresh and revitalized special touch.

The prices below are guidelines. Where a price is specified it is on inspection and discussion with you that a final price is given. Most restorations fall into the $55 to $95 range. The high quality and resolution photo scan is included in the pricing. Levels 1 -3 come with a complimentary premium glossy, archival quality pigment based art print up to 10x15cm. Larger prints incur a small additional cost. A selection of quality archival fine art papers are available. All prints are premium long life or museum quality fine art prints.

* Retouching of Photographs is available - this includes enhancement of colour (not colourizing), contrast and brightness, minor sharpening of image, small minor blemishes removed.

Prices from $45 - $50 (no restoration work).

* Colourization or Colour Replacement - $55 to $70 (This is a timely process and depends on the number of colours and tonal quality required). This is extra to any restoration work that may be required. This process is carried out after restoration of the image which may fall into any of the levels below.

Restoration of images is as below.


Areas of Restoration include:

  • Tone, brightness and contrast restored and balanced

  • Colour or sepia tones restored

  • Unsightly aspects cropped by hand, trimmed carefully as not to remove important sections of the photograph

  • Age damage reduction

  • Torn, cracked or creased, scratched, blemished areas restored

  • Your photo converted to black and white where colour can’t be restored

  • Old and antique photographs digitally restored

  • Digital restorations from old negatives (depending on the damage to these)

  • Backgrounds replaced

  • Photos merged to create one photograph

  • Removal of people and objects

  • Colour restored

  • Digital restorations of photographs in pieces, badly faded or stained

  • Colourizing of a photograph


Categories of Damage


Level 1 - Minor Restoration $55 - $75

A general improvement of your photograph - lessening or removal of some scratches, small spots and blemishes, minor creases and tears in non-essential areas (if larger marks are on the face or part of the body is obscured, it is considered moderate damage). Brightness, contrast and colour adjusted. Curled edges repaired, cropping of edges if required.



Level 2 - Moderate Restoration $75 - $95

A more in-depth restoration where damage doesn't greatly comprise the quality of the photo. Removal of medium size scratches, medium spots and blemishes, minor cracks, slight crazing and minor tears. Minor reconstruction in non-essential areas if required. Tone, brightness, contrast adjusted. Minor fading and colour adjusted. Minor mildew and minor silver mirroring. (Major marks and staining/discolouring on faces or body is considered major damage)



Level 3 - Major Restoration $95 - $150

Be aware the work required will take time to complete as each section of the image is worked through carefully and is a time consuming process.

Significantly damaged photographs, replacement of minor missing areas or reconstruction. Combining or blending two photographs together. Fading, medium discolouration, staining spots or spots throughout, silver mirroring, photo in pieces or torn. Broken glass with photo in pieces or pieces missing/photo stuck to the glass. Reconstruction due to mildew or mould infection. (Bad mould infection falls into extreme damage). Old photographs, reconstruction of buildings, aircraft, cars, boats, clothing etc and objects requiring research. Photographs produced by historical processing techniques - more than 95 years old. Photos from damaged negatives or photo proofs. ARTWORK - digitally cleaned (yellowing, stains, fading),



Extreme Damage - pricing on assessment of photograph

Major soiling, extreme crazing or flaking , pieces missing/torn into pieces. Bad fading, (Be aware not all faded images can be retrieved) major staining, spotting or yellowing. Extreme mould and mildew infection and where reconstruction requires research. Badly water damaged, areas lifting and flaking away. Where reconstruction requires research or rebuilding from a composite.

Please Note

Cases of extreme damage are quoted on an individual basis. These restorations may take considerable time to complete and in extreme damage situations reconstruction and rebuilding may take considerable time and effort. Rebuilding can only go so far and results may represent the original image. Various techniques and skills are used to rebuild the image. Collaboration with the client is essential in these cases. Every effort is made to restore the image as close as possible to the original photograph.

TimeLens will always endeavour to restore a photographic image. If we feel that the photograph can't be restored we will inform you at the time of assessment.



Colourizing of a photograph - $55 - $70 (this is extra to restoration)

Colourizing is carried out after restoration of a photograph which may fall into any of the levels of restoration.