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    • Another update:

      * My wife's employer did NOT have a VueScan license (grumble, grumble..), so I played around for a couple of hours with the demo version. Procurement is imminent.

      * I've got a small pile of unrelated photos here that I've been using to establish a workflow. I bounced across this two-part description of this author's workflow. Yes, it's a decade old, but it doesn't seem to be too terribly different than one might use today. I'm finding some of the technical detail toward the end of the first part to be rather useful from the 'why would you do that?' perspective.

      * We've got a family member that does wedding photography as a side gig. So, one might think that she'll have some tips and tricks to pass along when it comes to LR as well.

    • A brief epilogue to this story...

      As I suspected, several hours of reminiscing about the photos on day one. Since my brother-in-law is a dozen years older than my wife, there were plenty of things he knew that my wife didn't. Yet, there were stories of things told to my wife that my BIL didn't know about.

      About 300 images were scanned, I think. The tag-team process worked very well. Image resolution was adjusted as we went. I spot-checked as we went along, but real image manipulation on 14" laptop screens (when used to doing stuff like this on 27" dual monitors) just wasn't going to happen there.

      One of their uncles had also shot some old slides back in the early 1970's; I'd never seen them this small. I did scan a few of these. I had a single uncle (on mom's side of the family) that shot slide film back in the 60's and 70's. It took a bit of effort to figure out how to scan them, but trial and error worked.

      I think there's about a dozen images that will really be worth the restoration efforts - once I get a better understanding of Lightroom.

      In the next week or so, I'll post up a couple of them to share the results.

    • I share your aversion to image editing on 13 or 14 inch laptop screens. Maybe its our age, or something but a 27 or 31 in 4k or 5K monitor is just so much easier and more satisfying to work on.

    • I've not yet started the process, but even with next-to-nothing accomplished during the scan for cleanup, not too bad:

      Grandparent's house c. 1940's - Hammond Rd., Glen Cove, NY

      My wife's uncles c. 1914 - location unknown

      My wife's paternal grandmother c. 1915 - location unknown. The oval shape was original to the photo. The backdrop was remarkable (auto parts?)

      Unknown individual 1971 Florida. The grandparents were some of the original 'snowbirds' of that era, but they stayed with a son that lived there. Obviously, this one has yet to be cleaned up.

      I never met any of these in-laws of mine...but got a glimpse of their lives thru these images and the stories told by my wife and her brother.

    • These images seem small when I click on them - did you choose to upload only small file sizes here on Cake, and have larger ones for your own use? I think you would want bigger image sizes than I see here.

      I like the 2nd and 3rd image - with just a bit of curves to created a bit more contrast they might really snap. The few damaged areas look like they would be easy to restore too.

      Oval framing was common in the late 19th and early 20th century. I have some images in that format as well.

    • These images seem small when I click on them - did you choose to upload only small file sizes here on Cake, and have larger ones for your own use?

      Yes...actually linked from Flickr

    • I love these, @kwthom . Here is a quick conversion (hope you don't mind!) of your wife's uncle on the pony. I have nearly the same photo of my father-in-law. I will have to scan it! Looking forward to seeing your restorations.