Posted 4 years ago
Hopefully CW will keep this up! The point being there is a solution for bad, too dark tintypes to preserve the image while still there!
I bought some photos online from a person I had bought another photo from which was alright. He personally contacted me and said he had others, quoted a price, I paid and got very dark tins. So dark, under any light. my camera used a flash, ruining the image
I took the photo outside in the bright AZ. sun and was able to pick up what you see
IN PHOTO # 2- VERY DARK---Photo # 1 IS "THE FIX" THE EDIT
I have a book of fix-it tricks for photos in distress. In talking about tintypes that are in this condition, the author suggested this. By using a site that lets you EDIT your photo, and you use function for lighten/brighten--get a photo that you can see. Print that out. (You could even enlarge one print for better viewing of a problem photo)Using a backing of Acid Free paper cut to size of tin, affix to the very top with tape only on the paper, and then over to the back of tin (just a mere little bit) and keep it "forever" visible with the paper print seen only--lift to view orig bad tintype. The tin that is too dark, may not get any worse with being protected from light.. Light is what darkens our tins. .And you have easily and cheaply preserved your photo. Acid-Free Paper can be bought on line .
optional "remedy" so all is not lost by using the method described. SOOOO QUICKLY
PHOTO #2 HOW IT LOOKED BEFORE--a throw away??
PHOTO #1 HOW IT LOOKED AFTER Edited at a site for doing that and process to keep a photo print of the good photocopy photo over the orig tin using Acid Free paper No further light damage to the poor tintype.