Some quick stats
We have passed 1000 negatives digitised. (That's about 1/5th of the collection.) And over 250 fully developed photos on the web site.
So as you can see the Photoshop takes the most time. But it's very important that the photos we offer here are the best quality we can produce. And with the dust spots, scratches and other marks on the original negatives, Photoshop is the only answer. Some people have suggested the newer scanners with ultrasonic dust sensors and these are an excellent invention, but the dust we are dealing with is varnished into the negatives or printed in the image already, making detection almost impossible. And often when we are Photoshopping an image, it is hard to tell what is a dust mark and what is a piece of gravel on a road or mark on a building (that is actually supposed to be there). And we don't want to remove any information from the photos thinking it was dust.
So I think we are on track.
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The Beatties Studio blog will provide some behind the scenes information on the studio, the collection of historic old Tasmanian photographs and the digitising process.