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Chapter 10. Photo Restorations > Avoiding Restorations

Avoiding Restorations

Remember Bruce Lee’s art of fighting without fighting? The easiest way to restore a photograph is to avoid the need for it in the first place. In the past, that meant cataloging and storing your negatives and slides, and keeping them in a safe place. Of course, safe places can burn to the ground as easily as unsafe places, so, even if you resorted to a safe deposit box in a bank, your photos weren’t really protected from damage 100 percent.

However, in the digital age, we have another option. First, an increasing percentage of photographs are created by digital cameras, and stored on digital media. Such photos are converted to analog media, such as prints or film, only when the photographer wants a print or needs a digitally created color slide for submission to a client or publication. Nobody really cares what happens to these prints or slides: The digital original can (theoretically) be kept safe from harm and a new print or slide produced at any time.


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