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Year After Year  

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2011

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Happy to say there were no challenges in 2004 - 2009 - 2010 - 2012 worst than the years displayed here. 

 

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Contents of this page:

 

Be An Educated Consumer Click here for copy of Be An Educated Consumer

 

Out Sourcing Restorations

 

Image Editing Price Wars Update 2014

 

 

 

When It Comes To Shopping  For A Restoration Service....Compare Apples to Apples.

Both fruit but very different

Be An Educated Consumer

Our service can be compared to the difference between going to an high-end department store and bargain store. Do not compare apples to oranges.

When looking at a “photo restoration service or website”, consider the following:

Preservation/Conservation Vs. Digital—You may want to restore or preserve the original, then you go to a Preservationist or Conservator, digital is not for you. Digital is less expensive and presents zero risk to the original. With the preservationist, if you don’t like it, there is no turning back. You may want to ask some questions, such as, will I be able to detect the restoration? Will the photograph maintain it's photographic appearance or look like it's drawn in?

 

Good Clues, For Good Choices— When few photos are displayed in any web site or place of business, this could be a sign that there has not been many restorations worth showing.  If you walk into a frame shop, scrapbooking store, camera or photography studio you can bet restoration is not their main focus. Maybe they are not passionate about their site or your photos or that other product is their passion.  If turn around time is 2 days or less, it is highly probable that they are outsourcing. Ask if the work is done in-house or do they out source the work, ask to who? You do not want your photos sent via e-mail overseas.  The restoration of any image takes time, or even if it is a minor fix it still takes time for the best results, wait for a job well done. It's a huge mistake to choose a restoration service based on price or distance from your home alone. Restoration services located in Mall’s or independent office buildings with many employees, must pass on the over head, advertising and the cost of accepting credit cards expenses onto you.  PMP has been in business since 1999 on the praises of clients spreading the word instead of expensive advertising, by keeping all their expenses down and passes the savings onto you.

 

Armature Vs. Professional—You may know someone that is pretty good with image editing that’s grrrrrrreat. Before you ask them to do you the favor or pay them, first ask them how they acquired their talent and what was their experience with it. One gentle lady said to us at a convention that her husband could do it just as good as a professional. He immediately jumped in and said “Yeah, I did do it and I was very satisfied how it came out. It took so darn long and I was good and sick of it when I was done, I will never do another one. If you have another one in mind, just pay her to do it, it’s worth it.” Consider the friend that may only be qualified for simple repairs and lacks the experience that comes from restoring hundreds of different kinds of damage. Because they are your friend, it is polite to wait when it is convenient for them, they also may take longer for lack of experience or procrastinate because they really didn’t want to do it, it is work, after all. Don’t leave your descendants the work of an armature.

 

 

Miscellaneous Benefits

  • Do you have to leave your original with them? In most cases, we scan them while you wait.

  • If you should loose your photos, do they keep your photos on file? 

  • You don't have a scanner and it may be difficult to get your photo to them, at a time that is convenient for you. Call for an appointment, time is negotiable. 

  • With PMP you have many options to getting your photo to us. 

  • Ask if there is a money back guarantee policy.

  • We are photograph consultants, if you want to have one on one personal discussion about your photo project, call us, it doesn't cost you anything.

 

 

 

Out Sourcing Restorations (you don't want this)

 

You may already know what outsourcing is but let us explain the details of outsourcing in reference to image editing/photo restoration in a nut shell. These images to the left are some images they send us.

 

Weekly we receive e-mails from people that tell us they can restore up to 50 restorations per day, work on an image any where from 10 to 15 minutes, with a turn around time of 1-2 days. They brag about how they have a large pool of people working for them and they will only charge $5.00 to $10.00 per photo, no matter what condition it's in. They tell you you can charge 29.99 per image making a $20 to $25 profit! That sounds great but we don't want this deal! Mulling over the idea of it, OH! OMG! that means that these people working in those pools only get, let me totally guess....50 cents to $1.00 per photo, I don't know. Wow! There really is slave labor still in the world.

 

This photo (below) was submitted to us by someone looking for work.  What they did was, erase the damage away, draw in what was lost, loosing the photographic appearance.  The hands and face look like a drawing.  This cuts down on the time but takes away the charm of the original. This artist did not meet Photos Made Perfect's standards. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You may be told this photo is not restorable because it too far gone, but that's only because it's not profitable for them to spend too much time on one image, so they discourage you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their idea of a restoration. Submitted with resume.

 

 

 

This is not PMP's work!

 

 

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Now compare Our restoration below:

 

This photo speaks a thousand words, about our quality and commitment to the original.  The hands still have a photographic appearance, the background looks to be more like what the original appeared to be and the face has not been distorted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With our photo dating experience we know what is appropriate, for the time period of a photo and colored it accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Restoring Poor Images

Understanding the limitations of restoring or improving a poor quality image.

 or

 Already Had Work Done?  

Let us have a look and we can tell you if we could have made it better! 

Keeping It Real

 

This is the original. It is not a great candidate for restoration because it is only 2x2 inches, not in focus and covered with tiny cracks and grime.  Enlarging it to be able to see it better is desirable but comes at a price. It takes more time, patience and skill so that you don't see the work that has been done.  When it is completed, what you have is a restored version of a poor quality image.  So the out-come is more time and money spent for the least gratification.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

With that said, all things are relative. If the image is important to you, it is worth every attempt to at least restore it to it's original state, even if that state is only repaired and not better than the original.  Too often people expect miracles because they have seen a beautiful but damaged photograph restored and made better than the original, not understanding that it was possible because the photograph was a quality image to start with.   We tell you all this upfront, there are zero surprises.

 

 

 

 

This image was done by another company. The client was not happy.  The damage is gone but the eyes have changed, she doesn't look like herself and they made no attempt to fix her collar.  Simply put this image has been OVERWORKED.  

 

 

 

 

 

The image below is our interpretation of the same image.

 

This looks more like the tiny original, minus the damage!  The client, now understanding the limitations of poor quality images, was satisfied and was happy to pay for this restoration. The Final was an 8x10!

Poor quality images, with will always be a poor image. What you end up with is a restored poor image. Restoration is restoring to it's original state. These images fall into our "guarantee exception" policy below. Photos that are out of focus, can not be made to be in focus. 

 

 

 

 

MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE EXCEPTION, 

If your photo is as damaged as this, read on 

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Image Editing Price Wars Update 2014.

 

Our Philosophy in 1999.

 

It's 2014 now and things have changed quite a bit since we first started business in 1999. Back then we did our home work and compared all the pricing and pricing methods of all companies. In our opinion they fell into one of three categories. Those who charged way to little and fell by the way side. Those who charged way too much.  Only people with money to burn could afford to have an image restore. We wanted to stay in the middle of the road. 

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It's a huge mistake to choose a restoration service based on price or distance from your home alone.

 

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Lets talk about a photo restoration costing only $29.99. The old adage,

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