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Family History Archive Website

By |2020-08-09T12:04:39+01:00August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Family history research has become very popular in recent years, encouraged by a wide variety of ancestry research websites available online and TV shows such as the BBC’s popular series Who Do You Think You Are?

Recently I was asked to build a website that could serve as an extensive online family history archive for the Dudziński family. The completed website launched recently and contains detailed family histories, documents archive, photographs and even a collection of favourite family recipes. Sensitive information such as contact details, birthdays etc has been hidden behind secure password protection on specific pages. A PDF viewer has been used to provide an easy way to view the family tree document with an option to download the file if required.

The Dudziński Family Website can be found at https://www.dudzinskifamily.org/

More details about the website design service can be found at https://www.richardflintphoto.com/website-design/

Holding on to History

By |2020-06-04T11:32:07+01:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Over the years many fantastic family photographs have been copied using the photograph copying service. The value is, of course, priceless to the family. It’s a historical document that helps connect to to the past and to understand where we come from. It can often be the case that the photograph is the only visual record of an individual or group of people. Families, servicemen and even the occasional villain have been through the scanner and digital archived.

Documenting Family

Sadly though there is a tendency to disregard family history as not that important. David Bailey in his foreword to Linda McCartney’s 1992 book ‘Sixties: Portrait of an era‘ mentioned that he told Linda to take fewer photographs of her family, including Paul MacCartney, and concentrate on other subjects. Bailey wrote on to say ‘I think I was wrong. The more pictures I take of my family confirms this’. Over the last decade, I’ve also come to realise the hugely important value of family photographs as grandparents, aunts, uncles and my mother passed away. The significance and importance of those family photographs change as soon as the person dies.

Even more important are the old images. Vintage images are part of our social and family history that are valuable visual documentation that we tend to take for granted. The photographs are in that old box full of old photographs and always have been, that is until the years start to take there toll. Many images though can reach very old age and remain in as good condition as the day they were printed. I recently came across an image that was nearly a hundred years old but was still in great condition.

The 20×16 photograph was taken in 1925 and beautifully colour hand-tinted to create a pseudocolour image. In the years before colour photography became mainstream, it was a popular technique used on various types of images from portraits to landscape postcards.

Keeping the History

Often the task of copying a photograph includes removing the damage that can mount up over a long history. With the 20×16 image, the main photograph was in excellent condition. What had taken the brunt of the wear and tear was the mount that was still firmly in place. I was never going to be able to separate the photograph from the mount so decided that I could offer the client two choices – a cleaned up mount via Photoshop OR keep the wear and tear as part of the character of the whole image. Fortunately the client like the idea of keeping the copy as near to the original as possible.

Details regarding the photograph copying service can be found at https://www.richardflintphoto.com/photography-services/photograph-copying/

Challenging Times

By |2020-04-19T13:49:59+01:00April 19th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

seagulls fly in front of the huge sea defence wall at Sheringham in Norfolk, UK
Sheringham Sea Defence Wall, 2007

The last few weeks have seen massive changes in the way that we live and go about our lives. Day to day things that we take for granted suddenly gain importance that we tend to take for granted. A walk in the park with the dog now takes on a new importance that it previously lacked. Hopefully, we all might be able to appreciate the smaller things more when the COVID-19 situation is finally resolved.

Funny how small things are regarded as small until they start missing from our lives.

The photograph copying, retouching and repair service is still open for business due to its built-in social distancing. Orders via digital delivery or postal delivery are still being accepted. Many of the other photography services are, however, on hold until the situation improves. Enquiries and job queries are, as usual, always welcome and can be sent to [email protected]

Daily Instagram Updates

The Instagram account has seen quite a bit of activity over the last couple of weeks with a new photograph being posted every day or so. Currently, the theme is Islay with new and previously unseen images from September 2019 getting a remix. Over the coming weeks, the theme will also include photography from some old ‘classic’ projects that I’ll talk about and provide some background.

The final part of the Instagram updates is the daily ‘stories’ update that features an image from the walk I take with Luna each day along a path next to the River Derwent. The river acts as the border between County Durham and Northumberland. It’s a bit of a photo challenge and fun… plus Luna sometimes provides some creative input 🙂

The Wider Picture

By |2020-01-16T13:48:28+00:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Islay, Scotland 2019

Copying Panoramic Prints

Photography prints come in all kinds of sizes these days from the small to the impressive extreme size of the wide panoramic. The panoramic photo has been around for many years and the format has been well used over the years to document school groups and landscapes. At first glance, these extra-wide images would appear to be nearly impossible to copy. Although the unusual size makes them technically more challenging to copy, these large images can be copied just like any other print.

Working in Wide

In late 2019 a couple of panoramic photos arrived from clients who were looking for copies of the photos. The first photo was in three pieces and needed a lot of work to get a full print for display. That image had been delivered by e-mail so scanning was not required.

The second client, however, had sent a panoramic image that was a lot wider coming in at a total width of 43 inches (over 3.5 feet or 1.09 metres). The photograph had been taken in the early nineteen sixties and featured an entire school group including of all the staff and pupils. It was a beautiful image that had been photographed and printed to a very standard.

I’d certainly never seen any panoramic photo on that kind of scale before. After scanning the original and some repair work in Photoshop, the photograph was ready to be printed and sent back to the client by mid-December. The whole copying process took just under three weeks.

The Copying Service

The photograph copying service here at Richard Flint Photography can provide copies of any size of photo – large or small. Even extremely wide photographs can be copied to a high standard. Whatever the size of the print, if you have a photograph that needs copying or you have any questions about getting a photograph copied, please contact me via the contact page or by emailing me at [email protected]

Details about the photograph copying service and prices can be found HERE.

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