Digitally Scanning Photos for Business or Personal Reasons

Digital scanning photos is hugely popular means of cataloging important images for both business and personal use.

Your favourite old photos has a stubborn coffee ring/stain across it. What do you do?

Or if your wedding photos are damaged in a flood?

Or if you wish to transfer your business’ entire image catalogue’s. Well, the back catalogue from physical brochure prints to your brand new website? Less upsetting, yet equally as important from a more corporate aspect.

The answer is pretty much one of the same.

Get in touch with a review site-leading photo retouching service. One which specialises in digitally scanning photos. In the business of restoring your all-important images. Or elsewhere, scanning them in their current workable form. So you can then subsequently transfer them onto your company’s site.

Old photos sadly don’t last forever, you see.

Unlike the memories which are captured in the original event. Cemented within the mind’s eye for future visual recall. Images will inevitably fade with the passage of time. Regardless of the original paper quality. However much you try to protect it.

Unless of course you have ready access to an archive library or the National Museum. Where various images are preserved for posterity. Typically behind all manner of protective materials. Safeguarded from rigours of time by vacuum-sealed vaults, according to Hollywood’s interpretation.

Regrettably in a world where Indiana Jones doesn’t exist, not everyone can benefit from such scientific/historic means of (light and contaminant-proof) undisturbed deep-storage techniques. As most of our old pics tend to get shoved in sock drawers. That, or exposed to a little too much natural light when displayed on mantlepieces. Eventually leading to deterioration.

What Measures Can I Take To Save My Old Photos?

Not all hope is lost. Thanks to digitally scanning photos. Companies like Digital TouchHi! Hello! – can restore your precious images to their former pictorial glories. Depending on extent of wear and tear. Alternatively they can be visually reproduced in the very likeness of the original photo, as is. So long as it’s defied some of the ageing process.

You see, there are a number of reasons why we might be asked to scan old photos. Determined by whether the approach is made from a business or personal perspective.

There are no words to describe the authenticity and quality of Jilly’s work except for miraculous.

As an American living in the U.S., I searched for local companies that might be able to take on what seemed like an impossible task. Apparently to them it must’ve been impossible, because no one responded to me except for Jilly; and promptly too. I wanted an old black and white photo of my husband’s father to look as if he was holding our six month old daughter. His father passed away 14 years ago, so he never got to meet his first and only grandchild.

I waited for only a moment with anticipation to see if it could be done. Jilly said that it would take some work, but that it would look authentic once it was complete. She was right. I anxiously waited until Father’s Day, which also speaks to her turn around time, she had the photo ready in just a few days. Something like that would’ve taken weeks I would imagine. Well today, this Father’s Day, I’ve given my husband his gift. Jilly’s creation. We were both in tears and my husband was in absolute shock at how real the photo looks. Thank you Jilly for creating such a precious moment for us. I can’t thank you enough.

Gloria Emerson, client; via Google Reviews

Typically, personal clients request restoration of photographs by way of sending hardcopy images to be scanned. Prior us then transferring them to digital. Usually involving restorative practices/procedures which effectively breathe new life into their most precious photos.

Conversely with corporate clients, enquiries tend to focus on the bulk scanning of old stock catalogues. Which are then made internet-ready before being uploaded onto a company’s website. This digital route saves the time, money and manpower required to arrange an entire new photoshoot for specific product lines.

Additionally, our talented team can than burn all these scanned photos and images to disk, whether the brief is for business or pleasure ends.

Why Would I Be Interested In Digitally Scanning Photos?

Old photos are all too often subject to general wear and tear. Physical photographs are historically prone to damage. Be it water-based or as a result of discoloration, creases or accidental tears. Making digital copies of these images futureproofs your cherished pictures. From a business perspective, this represents a virtual way to increasing a stock image library. This in turn ensures future generations will be able to look back even more fondly at graphic memories. Ones which will look as fresh as the day they were taken.

And then there’s space.

Not the bit a few miles due north. Rather those excess areas in our homes and offices. Just think how much room conventional (and traditionally cumbersome) photo albums, frames and storage boxes take up? All of which can be replaced by hundreds of thousands of digitally-recreated images. Residing on a single external hard drive. A device barely bigger than a smartphone.

Did You Just Mention a Smartphone? Can’t I Just Take a Photo of the Original Image on my Mega-pixel Smartphone?

What? Because it’s 2020 and all that….

Well, you can. Hypothetically. However it’s not the best idea. Yes, they’re a convenient way of taking snaps. And yes, they’re affordable. Ish. That said, if you’ve ever attempted to capture the image of a print photo on your phone’s camera, you’ll know that the results can be a bit hit and miss.

Mostly miss.

Either way, they’ll end up looking very different from the original photo.

Smartphone cameras have developed rapidly. Yet what they haven’t managed to invent up to now is tech which doesn’t pick up glares from any natural (or artificial) light source in a room. Which will almost always obscure the image at the centre of the printed photo. Don’t forget, a shadow of your smartphone will also likely put in an appearance. They always do.

Also don’t start us on inconsistencies in the photo itself. Scratches, dents, dirt, etc.

So no, not really advisable as a short cut.

But I Can Buy a Scanner for £30 These Days and Do The Job Myself?

Nothing is stopping you, no. Providing you’re not bothered with the actual image quality. Basically you pay for what you get. Essentially a £30 scanner won’t be providing the visual presentation you envisage it might.

On the other hand, a professional digital photo retouching service facilitates state-of-the-art scanning hard and software. Plus there’s the whole experience thing you’re paying for. We have 20 years experience in photo restoration. We also have the resources and techniques to create seamless imagery. Fact.

Anything Else I Should Know?

Photo scanners available on the high street to consumers are very limited since the advent of digital cameras. Which quickly became the new tool of choice. And those which currently exist – and designed for photographic use – haven’t witnessed a features evolution in decades. Plus, even if you do venture down that route of ownership, you’ll quickly find the whole process of scanning and digitizing images incredibly labour-intensive.

From removing strips of film (or single prints) to manually adjusting colour, brightness and contrasts with each individual photo and cropping. The whole process is a painstaking proposition. More so if you’re looking to work your way through a bulk of corporate images. Any which require transfering to the digital age/platform. Or transposing a large back catalogue of personal snaps as part of a project. The like of which you’ve been putting off for a long time.

Oh, and don’t forget.

Once those files are finally scanned, it’s likely you’ll want to create and save back-ups. Again, a time and a place when the word ‘laborious’ springs to mind.

So Why Choose Us When it Comes to Digitally Scanning Photos?

Because we are passionate about saving your precious photos of a personal nature. Together with digitally transforming images which are important to your business going forward. Whatever your particular brief is.

Digitally scanning photos in high resolution. Restoring them where needs be. And furnishing clients with dedicated digital files and fresh new prints of old pics at their request. Additionally, we’re equipped to work from your own scans and files, if preferred.

What Resolution Will You Scan My Photos At?

Very good question.

High resolutions are nearly always necessary to achieve the optimum visual result. The nature of the images scanned, notwithstanding. In our experience, 300 dpi is sufficient. However should a client require their photograph to be printed larger than the original, then we recommended that they are scanned at an even greater resolution. Theoretically between 400 and 600 dpi. To ensure maximum reprint benefit.

Whatever the brief is, stock business images or old family snaps can be digitally scanned by us. In strict confidentiality. As part of a service which affords clients the opportunity to digitalise (and back-up) both commercially-advantageous or precious personal images. Supplied with multiple copies on both disk and USB.

What’s more, Digital Touch also offers a restoration aspect for bringing those old, damaged images back to life. Thanks to the wealth of professional Photoshop experience we possess. Which has seen us retouch scratches, tears, faded colours, blemishes, skin tone corrections and/or distracting background elements. All part of our full service approach.

Get in touch for more details….

Leading Digital Wedding Photo Retouching Services Provider Reveals Most Common Wedding Photo Fail

Important family members missing from key pics capturewd on bride and groom's special day, amongst most common wedding photo fail.

As a digital wedding photo retouching services provider, we’re often asked as to what we believe are the worst possible scenarios involving wedding photos? Well, if not ‘worst’, then most prevalently neglectful, let’s say.

We’d imagine if the question of the ‘worst’ was put to the general public. In a ‘Family Fortunes-esque in a survey to determine just what percentage of the general public said?’ kinda way. In which event all – or some – of the following classic faux pas’ would be worth a few points on the board. So to speak.

Sudden gust of wind billowing up bride’s dress

Accidental/unforeseen photobombing by third parties

Clearly innebriated guests caught off-guard wearing haplesss expressions

The mother of the groom – not so secretely – looking daggers drawn at the mother of the bride (or vice versa)

Comprehensive/comical/tragic over-exposure of the bride/groom’s money shot

Melted/collapsed wedding cakes

The list of possibilities is pretty infinite. Once you’ve discarded these more traditional examples.

You’re Not Talking About ‘Blatantly’ Bad Shots in Desperate Need of Digital Wedding Photo Retouching Services, Are You?

No. We’re not referring to premeditated works of bad wedding photography. The staged likes of which are more prominent in other parts of the world. Russia, for example. Where wedding pics tend to look more ‘stylised’, for want of a better word. A better word being, ‘contrived’. Some of which end up being so bad that they’re actually good. Ish.

Or at least should be marked highly for originality of composition. Less so for believability factor. Critically when you witness the bride and groom re-imagined as mythical creatures. Lifted straight from the pages of a work of literary fiction.

Think ‘Game of Thrones’. However not quite as visually polished. Courtesy of a more limited digital wedding photo retouching services budget.

Type the words ‘worst wedding photos ever’ into any popular search engine. Go on. The chances are you’ll discover page after page of contenders in this category.

Leading Digital Wedding Photo Retouching Service Reveals Most Recurrent Wedding Photo Fail

But we’re not here to focus on deliberately fantastical/opinion-polarising wedding photos in this blog. Instead we’re keeping things real. And reveal what is, arguably, the most repeated reason why we’re approached by clients. Mostly desperate to rescue their best wedding shots.

And that is (drum roll optional)…….wedding photographers who forget to add a family member in the key pictures on the big day.

And trust us. This is definately ‘a thing’. And if you weren’t aware of ‘it’ being a thing, remember you heard it here first.

What Do You Mean, They ‘Forget to Add a Family Member?’

We know. It does sound a little strange.

Yet neglecting to recall the bride’s precise instructions to ensure that Uncle So-and-so or Auntie Whatsherface are included on the periphery of an all-important family shot are never isolated incidents in digital wedding photo retouching services circles. We can assure you.

Indeed. If we had a pound for every time we were approached by a client anxious for us to belatedly superimpose the likeness of the aforementioned extended family absentees onto an existing picture, etc, etc.

The etc, etc in this case translating as we could subsequently afford to plan our early retirement.

Of course, when we refer to absentee family members not so much fading into the background of an all-important wedding photo as not being seemingly present full stop, we know what you’re thinking. Your mind is probably flitting to that iconic photo of Marty McFly‘s ever-diminishing siblings from ‘Back to the Future’. And the fading memories brought about by a re-imagined foreseeable.

Be assured, the scenario we’re talking about is a lot less dramatic. Yet still a massive deal for brides and grooms. Especially if confronted with a supermassive hole where in-laws were physically stood on the special day.

It’s An Easy Mistake To Make

Let’s get one thing perfectly straight, before we go any further.

We’re not in the business of calling out wedding photographers.

Far from it. We count many among our closest professional/creative colleagues and have historically collaborated with a host of them. And they also have a habit of getting in touch with us. In the rare instances when they might have unintentionally forgotten to juxtapose a much-loved someone from the wedding party in close viccinity to the bride and groom.

But accidents happen. And often, in the cut and thrust of a wedding day. That being said, failing to pictorially acknowledge the presence of any of the following guests is an oversight which is largely forgiven. Once the damage has been reversed by the endeavours of a digital wedding photo retouching service. Who’ll magically save everyone’s blushes by getting their ‘creative’ on and plundering Photoshop.

Shortly after receiving a bride and/or wedding photographer’s SOS.

Wedding between the lines, Marty McFly's fade-away photo resembles wedding photos with misisng family members.

Is It really Such a Big Deal at the End of the Day?

Er, hello?!

We can only assume that you’ve not been a bride or groom any time recently. Also don’t ever talk like that in the company of either party. Particularly those who remain in the throes of explaining to the unexpected absentees in the wedding photos just why they didn’t make the final cut. And trying to reassure them that it’s merely a technical glitch in the process of being rectified.

You see, the bottom line is this.

Everyone knows that photos play a huge part in any wedding day. After all (the wedding cake has been consumed and the party poppers and discarded bride’s bouquet brushed up), they stand as the one tangible thing that remains from the big day.

Therefore it goes without saying that people quickly become fairly emotional about the wedding album. And perfect pictures are the cherry on top of the (possibly slumped) cake. Something which can be visually referred to at any family gathering thereafter. And any/every family gathering thereafter until the next Ice Age.

So, What Do We Do To Pacify All Parties When Confronted With Wedding Photos Sans Important Guests of The Bride and/or Groom?

We do everything within our powers to create a virtually seamless image. One that not even the most professional of wedding photographers would believe had ever been enhanced. Such is the degree of attention to detailing. Essentially, clients will never see a join.

Nor think for one minute that said errant wedding guests (in terms of resultant photos in the aftermath, NOT on the actual day itself) didn’t appear in the original photo. Such is our unswerving dedication to correcting the issue which has been giving; A) the bride/groom or B) the embrassed wedding photographer sleepless nights ever since the truth was outted.

Think of us as a digital wedding photo retouching services fairy. The ostensibly (good) Witch of the West from ‘The Wizard of Oz‘. She who sprinkles magic dust from her wand. Prior to transposing the ruby slippers hitherto worn by her recently house-flattened evil sister onto the feet of Dorothy. Yup. We’re as useful and miracle-working as that. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if the munchkins hadn’t penned a little ditty celebrating Digital Touch.

Anyway, where were we? (DT‘s resident blog writer slowly comes round after receiving a knock to his head whilst caught in a storm).

That’s right. Telling you that in our experience, wedding photographers forgetting to add a family member in wedding photos is the most recurrent wedding photo fail. And thus unsurprisingly accounts as one of our most common client enquiries. Fact.

So, with this in mind, you know what to do. If/when you’re horrified to discover that poor Uncle Buck or Aunt Sally have been unwittingly overlooked in your show-stopping wedding pics. And you need to rectify this glaring visual omission before they visit next to see the wedding album.

And that’s to get in touch with us!

What You/We (Including Those Responsible for Digitally Retouching Photos for a Living) Can and Cannot Photograph

Eiffel Tower photos taken at night might be illegal if used for advertising and promotional purposes.
This image is legal. And free. Apparently

When we’re not busying ourselves digitally retouching photos for both business and personal clients, some of our core team can be found out in the field taking snaps of pretty much anything and everything. For field; also read ‘mountains, cycling routes’ and ‘tennis courts’ too. Basically we have a habit of pointing and shooting at whatever piques our visual antennae when we’re out and about. Or escaped the office surrounds.

Understandably permissions must be sometimes sought before we reach for our camera-primed smartphones and focus our attentions on various subject matters. Particularly should they feature the presence of children, other people’s property and objects protected by some sort of odd/quirky/archaic ruling which has stood for centuries. More of which after the drop.

C’est La Vie. Or Words to That Effect. But Not Pictures. Not After Sunset, Any Road….

Speaking of which, imagine for a moment that we were to jump on the Eurotunnel, destination Paris and head towards the Eiffel Tower. And then aim our camera at its sheer magnificence. And let’s just say, hypothetically (and for argument’s sake), we’d rocked up late in the French capital and were taking in the famous sights of the iconic cityscape under the cover of darkness. Well, legally we’d have a bit of an issue. Chiefly because – technically – it’s illegal to take a picture of the steel megastructure originally designed by Monsieur Eiffel and built back in 1887, once day turns to night. Kinda.

We’re partial to a good tower up here in the north of England. What with our beloved Blackpool example of the photogenic steel-girder’d genre merely a hop, skip and a jump coastward. So we know what we’re talking about.

Oh. And for the record, the same rule applies if we wanted to capture Paris’ other iconic landmark, The Louvre in all of its night-lighted appeal. Or Rome’s main train station, should we find ourselves in Italy with a camera to hand and a cultural/architectural itch to scratch.

Are you trying to tell us that those of us who have made a career out of digitally retouching photos (and anyone else who hasn’t, but likes taking pics anyway) can be arrested for taking a snap of the Eiffel Tower once darkness falls?

A social media capture of Paris' Eiffel Tower by night. Complete with filter to possibly get round 'grey area' of legality.
Here’s a photo of the Eiffel Tower (someone else made) earlier

Not exactly, no.

However while nobody has – to the best of our (and Google’s) knowledge – ever had their day in court to defend themselves and their own ‘art’, feasibly such an event could, potentially play out. Despite the prospect sounding ludicrous.

It’s not so much the taking of the photo which is the issue here, but more the inevitable distribution of the said imagery. Or not to put too finer point on it; the sharing of the picture across social media platforms. As is the modern way. Courtesy of the invention of the likes of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Tik Tok and a myriad of other readily-accessible virtual apps, your night shot of the Eiffel Tower could be #trending in seconds.

Which is acceptable, just so long as the perpetuators don’t then attempt to profit from it. Outside of the parameters of innocent selfies, to clarify. Which might end up being a moot point, on account of the number of people out there who now introduce themselves as Instagram influencers. Or alternatively, have become personal brands, thanks to the volume of ‘followers’ they have accrued online. Which might test the resolve of what is and isn’t classed as monetising promotion. Albeit via the back door.

Social media gives rise for concerns regarding fine line between personal use and publishing for wider coverage and potential financial gains

A whole grey area has emerged of late, where ‘Personal Vs Commercial’ distinction has blurred somewhat, thanks to the continued evolution of social media. Not least the question mark which hangs over omnipresent platforms like Facebook. Which might now make us all, unwittingly, publishers who have inadvertently practised a commercial activity.

Think about it like this.

Not that long ago Facebook users waivered their rights to exclusivity with direct reference to the photos we upload. Whether we were totally aware of what was happening or not. Most of us gave Zuckerberg‘s empire non-exclusive, transferable and payment-free global license to use our photographic content however it liked. Until such time as our accounts are deleted.

Don’t fret. We’ll explain more in a jiffy.

Why It’s (potentially) Illegal to Take a Photo of The Eiffel Tower After Dark

A legal depiction of the Eiffel Tower after darkness. A Van Gogh-styled contemporary art study.
Just to be on the safe side, here’s a contemporary art composition of the Eiffel Tower by night, completed in the style of Van Gogh

So, you may be wondering just what the beef is? And why it’s deemed against the law – in France – to do what any tourist does without giving the action a second thought. And why it’s illegal if you’re seeking to financially gain from the snap.

In short the answer is, because it is. The long form, legality-obliging answer is the same.

Unless you secure the permission of the mysterious and secretive ‘Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel’. A clandestine organisation which allows selected folk to justify why they’d be taking a picture of the Parisien landmark under the shroud of darkness, and therefore why they should be afforded legal lenience. And not have their collars felt by the long arms of the local Gendarmerie.

Or, and if we remove the dark undertones which don’t exist and we’ve totally made up for dramatic effect, simply the Eiffel Tower’s operating company. Who’ll probably say ‘qui’, to your request to publish/freely circulate your image of the Tower on social media. Providing you cough up a few quid to cover the rights/permission rules and regs and agree not to profit.

I thought I hadn’t seen many pics of the Eiffel Tower at night….

C’mon now.

Have you ever noticed how few pics of ‘the Eiffel Tower; as seen at night’ are in actual existence? Well, you have the European Union to thank for that/this, and their seemingly archaic copyright laws. Something even the most partisan of Brexiteers haven’t even discovered to bait the Remainers with, no less.

Apparently, copyright for structures like the Eiffel Tower expire 70 years after the creator’s demise. In this case, Gustave Eiffel died in 1923. Thus the tower has been the public domain since 1993, give or take a few months either side.

So doesn’t that mean we (and other people not professionally briefed with digitally retouching photos) can therefore snap it to our heart’s content nowadays, then?

Simon Le Bon filming music video for 007 movie, 'A View to a Kill'. Of which Duran Duran provided theme tune.
Simon Le Bon. Neither hungry nor like a wolf

Well, yes and no.

You see, as of 1985 (around the time that New Romantic pioneers, Duran Duran shot their video for Bond movie, ‘A View to a Kill’ on and around the Eiffel Tower for those vaguely interested in such pop artifacts) a lighting designer going by the name of Pierre Bideau created a nocturnal lighting system specifically for the structure. This comprised of hundreds of projectors, a beacon and tens of thousands of light bulbs that twinkle every hour. On the hour. With much respect, the not so good news for budding twilight photography students is, that he’s still alive.

Meaning that the copyright is still very much acknowledged and will obviously remain in place for several more decades.

But then exercising a bit of restraint will ensure that you won’t end up on Interpol‘s most wanted list anytime soon. And that’s because the law – as touched on earlier – primarily applies to lensfolk looking to make commercial gain from illuminated pics of old man Eiffel’s crowning architectural glory. Rather than your average Instagram addict capturing a predictable selfie halfway up. Channelling their inner, beretted (if that’s a word?) up Simon Le Bon.

Insightful as all this is, I fail to see what the connection between digitally retouching photos and the Eiffel Tower is. Am I missing something?

There isn’t a precise one as such.

More a case of highlighting a quirky piece of image-based legality which most people wouldn’t even have known about. And then going on to say that in terms of the photo retouching profession, identifying what we can and cannot use is an important – and ongoing – lesson. And something we need to remain mindful of when going about our business.

For photo retouchers, the important considerations centre on visual elements similar to that of the Eiffel Tower protocol and practices. In as much as we can’t use any of the images sent to us by clients – and that we subsequently retouch – for promotional purposes, whatsoever. Or recirculation of any type, per se. Be they for blatantly profitable purposes or social media ‘likes’.

What’s more, we aren’t allowed to search for/take images off the internet to use in edits. They must always be sourced from official stock/library websites which specialise in providing royalty-paying imagery to those responsible for creating them from the outset.

And that’s pretty much it, really.

Ah. Perhaps we finished this blog too soon after the massive intro about the Eiffel Tower reaches for incidental music button

Why Having A Female Touch in the Digital Image Editing Services Sector Gives You More Clout

It's about time digital image editing services championed the female perspective.
Women working in digital image editing services muscle in on historical boys club territory

It’s man’s world, James Brown once famously sang. Only now, mercifully, it’s a lot more of a women’s one too. Including those plying their trade in the digital image editing services industries. As well it should be.

At long last everyone’s voices are being equally heard. Well, almost. Despite the Suffragettes first highlighting the injustices served to the fairer sex over a century ago. Subsequently making a prominent stand for the rights of women. Finally, women are moving and shaking in sectors where historically they were overlooked in favour of male counterparts. Irrespective of their obvious and overwhelming experience, skillset and natural talents.

And we’re not just talking about in the digital image editing services sector, neither.

It’s Permanently Women’s Hour Here at DT. Although the Male Contingent Do Sometimes Get a Word in Edgeways….

Nowadays an increasing number of female politicians are making their voices heard louder and clearer than ever before. Elsewhere, society is witnessing women heading-up large metropolitan police forces. We’ve even seen the long overdue debuts of the fairer sex making their mark in age-old male-only sporting strongholds. Think, professional darts and Premier League football (where they work in tandem with referees).

And would you believe that even that most male of bastians, the TV motoring show, elected to recruit a female racing driver to the role of ‘The Stig’. Albeit in The Grand Tour‘s facsimile’d Top Gear guise.

Indeed, these days even the sky doesn’t limit the reach of womankind. Now we can observe female astronauts orbiting dot-like ‘mankind’ beneath them.

From Thunberg to Sherrock, More Women Are Asserting Their Authority in Traditional Male Domains Than Ever Before

Women made waves (and headlines) like never before during 2019. Yumi Ishikawa, Fei-Fei Li, Greta Thunberg and Fallon Sherrock, to name but a few. All riding the crests of their respectively prominent ones. And further empowering women. Not just being well received. But being instantly identifiable when championing their own individual causes. And at whatever polar opposite ends of the spectrum they were making their presence felts in.

In more everyday life we’re privy to change too. New heroines are assuming a lot of roles once seen as the occupational preserve of men. These include the likes of test development engineers, train drivers, automotive sales, architects, butchers and vehicle mechanics. While broadly in terms of industries, agriculture, manufacturing, transport and logistics and construction are attracting greater volumes of women applicants than acknowledged at any point previously.

A woman's voice should be heard in all walks of life; including historical male-dominated ones.
A woman making her presence felt during Suffragette times

More Power to Womens’ Elbows in the Creative Industries Called For

Of course, some areas remain steadfastly male-dominated. And despite the best will in the world, can’t always be overcome. Although vocations which for decades barely registered the contribution that women made in contrast to that of men, have slowly tickled much-needed change. Photography being noted as one.

Between 2012 and 2017, the New York Times cited a meagre 15% of the entries to the World Press Photo Awards compiled of women. Three years on, the landscape has chnaged for the better. Now the majority of students in undergraduate and graduate photojournalism programs are women, according to The Guardian newspaper.

The sphere of digital image editing services is of course a sector which women could just as readily carve out a successful career in as much as men. Yet statistically-speaking, the industry remains largely populated by a core male demographic. For no just reason it would seem.

Women Employed in Creative Fields Not Always Credited to Same Degree as Men. For This Also Read Digital Image Editing Services

However the photo retouching sector isn’t alone when it comes to being poorly accounted for by the presence of women holding down key positions, as we alluded to above. Computing, graphic design, digital art and (the aforementioned) photography are equally creative work environments where women are still under-represented.

Not only that. Recent research conducted by a leading creative publication has found even more damning evidence. To suggest that the strides already taken, are not great enough in some quarters. And that head counts alone don’t tell the full, often unreported story.

In as much as that on balance (and when quoted in comments and articles), women working in the creative sector were more likely to be presented according to the ‘sounds they made’. As opposed to being recognised for their achievements.

As a point in question, one authority highlighted analysis of comments made by both men and women. Which, staggeringly, depicted women being mentioned in terms of ‘laughs, giggles’ and ‘cries’. Together with counts of non-verbal reactions such as ‘grins’ and ‘smiles’. Within a similar context, their male creative counterparts were associated in the printed word. With strong, actionable verbs, nouns and adjectives. Including ‘performed, designed, directed, founded’ and ‘managed’.

In other words, terms which implied levels of achievement and leadership.

So as you can see, much work still has to be done. More hurdles negotiated as women continue to seek parity with men across the board.

The voices of young women are the future. Which is why we all should be listening to what they have to say.
Greta Thunberg stages a one-woman protest to demand action on climate change

So, Why Aren’t More Women Working in The Digital Image Editing Services Sector?

A very good question. Yet sadly one we’re not able to answer fully. Not in the space of a blog, anyway.

Although one theory might be as follows.

Back in the 1980s young men showed far more interest in computing than girls did. Whether from the programming angle or the design elements. Therefore a greater percentage (possibly, as we’re summising here) went on to study graphic design, let’s say. Potentially sparked by – and thus utilising – this early learning knowledge and thirst for all things newly computing. And retouching, less we forget, is a more specialist offshoot of graphic design.

So this pontification might go some way to explaining why there’s been a dearth of female talent entering the profession over the years. Basically, boys were just ahead of the girls, digitally-speaking. Yet the girls possessed the design prowess, when all’s said and done.

Still, what we can do is flag up some of the primary advantages of being a woman working in the arena of professional photo enhancing. Establishing why they’d find themselves in the digital image editing services industry driving seat. If and when they chose to pursue it as a career.

Female Clients Prefer a Fellow Female’s Sensitive Approach and Understanding of Certain Personal Digital Image Editing Services Briefs

One predominant plus point to being a woman working in this sector is the subject of trust.

Out of Focus Group Photo

I contacted Digital Touch in desperation. A very important end of year group photo I had taken at my daughter’s school was out of focus.

Jilly, using her amazing skills was able to bring out sufficient detail to make the photo usable. I am extremely thankful for the high quality service she provided.

Nav Mann – client review, via Trust Pilot

It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that women tend to prefer other women to handle their family images. Specifically ones which feature their children.

And we’re sorry guys, but also for the most part, women possess a deeper understanding of the importance of presentation. In many areas of life, not just anything creative. They have a habit of spending more time on things too. Displaying greater levels of patience. They also appreciate that the devil is essentially in the exacting details.

Women are also more reliably equipped to complete subtle beauty photo retouching briefs. The key word here being ‘subtle’. A woman knows what another woman wants. Instinctively what she’s looking for within a particular shot. Or conversely, what they want a digital image editing services professional to remove.


Pictures of a sometimes intimate or sensitive nature need to be handled/retouched with the sort of tactility and considered approach only women can really bring to the table.

Final Thoughts….

So there you have it.

Just a few bulletproof reasons why hiring a woman to do what might have been historically viewed as a man’s job, makes perfect sense. And why women are today being recognised as the gender which can be implicitly trusted to get the job you want, done.

OK, just a little shameless (yet harmless) self-promotion to editorially bookend the whole female perspective thing.

Biocentrics: How Digital Photo Retouching Experts Interpret What We See

What if the universe as we understand it to be, only actually existed in our individual minds?
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Alberto Villoldo: ‘With imagination, we can hold a universe inside our minds.’

After the somewhat lethargic Christmas break we thought we’d ease you gently into 2020 with a whimsical and undemanding blog read about biocentrism. And how we, as digital photo retouching experts are fascinated with the way in which we interpret what we see before us. And acknowledging that what we see, might not always be what our minds are telling us we see. The eyes are just messengers, remember.

Don’t fret. There’s a point to all this after the first couple of paragraphs. So don’t look away just yet.

You may not be aware of biocentrism. However it’s an alternative theory of pretty much everything we take for granted around us. Ergo, it’s a pretty big deal.

Biocentrics touches on a number of schools of academia. Including science quantum physics, along with other populist branchesastronomy, philosophy, existentialism, ecosystems, religion and math. And challenges our accepted thoughts and ideals quite like nothing else. That being said, the very concept of everything we never question potentially existing as only perceptions in our heads. And which are inherent and learnt episodes in all our lives and times.

We agree. This sounds like it belongs in the realms of sci-fi.

Exploring the Mind’s Eye. Not Just the Digital Photo Retouching Experts’

Grappling with the biggest of bigger pictures for millennia, it’s not just digital photo retouching experts who’ve pondered the imponderable during that wasteland between Christmas and New Year. Philosophers and scientists have carved careers out of musing just what the nature of the real world actually is. Indeed, some 300 years ago George Berkeley ruminated one of the most rhetorical posers in the history of mankind, as we understand it to be. He famously waxing lyrical about ‘the only thing we can perceive are our perceptions’.

Which you’d be right in thinking is very heavy (man). And could be mistaken for the type of conversation people under certain primarily nocturnally-inspired influences/refreshments might engage in. Long into the night.

Yes. We’re Consciously Talking About Biocentrism, Amid a Lighthearted Blog Section Normally Dedicated to the Typical Work Associated with Digital Photo Retouching Experts

To possibly better explain this laterally-applied logic, ask yourself this. Is consciousness simply the matrix upon which the cosmos is apprehended? Think about it for a moment. In reality (whether a skewed one or not) the likes of everything we take as read fundamentally only exist as perceptions in our collective heads, don’t they. Colour, sound, temperature and everything else we sense. At what juncture do they become absolute essences?

Next we quote one of the most learned minds on the subject of biocentrism, Robert Lanza. He says that; “In the broadest sense, we cannot be sure of an outside universe at all.” And compares the theory to a personal experience which started him on his journey. Lanza described how he once happened upon a spider who was busy surveying its universe (an an insect captured in its web). But everything beyond that gossamer pinwheel was incomprehensible, according to Lanza. The presence of whom himself must have appeared as distant to the spider as telescopic objects seem to us.

Our Brains Interpret Visual Images Differently. Whether We’re Digital Photo Retouching Experts or Not

Anyway. Time to bring this mind-expanding thought process back to an arena digital photo retouching experts can relate to. We could cite some fascinating examples of how we visually interpret what we imagine/convinced we see. Fervently believing the vision before us to be the actual representation, and physical embodiment, of what our brains are informing us that we’re focusing on. You might still not be entirely au fait with the more graphic comparisons we’re attempting to draw (tenuous as they might be) between biocentrism and certain imagery we’re confronted with. The sort which we choose to immediately accept ‘as is’.

If so, then try the following approach to the subject. One which is perhaps more relevant and relatable in many ways.

Is this dress white and gold, or black and blue? A social media meme to end all social media memes.
The eye-tem in question.

This Wasn’t Merely a Dress Rehearsal

We’ve all been privy to those social media posts where you’re challenged to determine the pictorial piece that appears before you. Which to the untrained eye stands as an optical illusion for the most part. A couple of years ago we were asked to establish if a seemingly innocuous dress was white and gold in colour. Or black and blue. Which sparked a national debate that transcended society. And where everyone from learned scholars – including a Physicist at Cambridge – to Taylor Swift shared their opinions on the subject.

It was concluded that an optical illusion was the culprit, stemming directly from how the human brain processes colours in different environments. Or to be more precise, how as individuals we perceive colours to be when they’re in close proximity to certain objects. And specifically their reflected light which falls under the object under scrutiny.

According to a professor of Colour Science and Technology at the University of Leeds, one in 12 men are colour blind for a start. But that doesn’t let the rest off the hook either, as those that aren’t colour blind don’t always see colour in the same way. The boffin went on to explain that such episodes (the #thedress meme, for instance) should be a more regular occurance. And that people wrongly assume that everyone sees the same thing in a photograph.

So, Seeing isn’t Always Believing?

Lending his thoughts on the topic, Ron Chrisley, Director of the Centre for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, added his views. “Which colour we see isn’t just a matter of the light coming into eyes, it’s the inferences that caused that input. We use the context to inform our colour experiences.” The leading academic goes on to say how some people factor in context so as to form a more expansive colour experience, whilst others purely see what’s in front of them.

Interestingly Chrisley continues; “Given what we know of the brain, and it’s a good guess, is that someone who is used to manipulating images and white balance might be able to perceive the true dress colour in a wider range of contexts and ignore context, whereas others can be easily manipulated.” Before inferring that individuals who have experience of altering luminance in Photoshop may not be fooled by it.

Did Someone Say Photoshop?

Aha. Photoshop mentioned. Which is of course, our cue. But with this being our first blog of the new year (and decade), we’ve decided to concentrate on the biggest of bigger pictures. As we’ve already proven from the outset. So we’ll stick with the science and biological perspectives till the end, if that’s all the same with you.

Someone is Definately About to Mention Evolution Though. It’s Inevitable

On which note, evolution. Boffins are quick to point out that humans evolved to see in daylight, despite the fact that the most naturally-occuring of light sources changes the colour of everything we scan. And that our eyes habitually try to compensate for the chromatic bias of daylight colour. Apparently we view objects as we do, because light is reflected.

So when we witness something, light enters the eye with varying wavelengths which correspond to different colours. Subsequently the light hits the retina in the back of the eye where pigments fire signals to the brain department tasked with the remit of processing said signals into an image. Finally our grey matter decided what colour the light is bouncing off the object in our immediate vision. Courtesy of substracting the colour from the real colour of the object.

We bet you wish we were talking about the Kardashian’s latest Photoshop faux pas now, don’t you.

Move over, Photoshop. Shadowy games, which alter our visual perceptions are nothing new.
The most incomplete chess board ever.

Thanks for the Meme-ories

The Facebook dress meme is neither the only or indeed, first instance when our eyes deceived us. Some of you may also recall the famous Adelson’s Checkerboard Shadow illusion. Which although sounding as if it’s a hyperbolic publicity stunt pulled by David Blaine (which may or may not incorporate the facilitation of a suspended transparent box), wasn’t. But did draw gasps from casual observers unable to fathom out just what they were looking at, in the way they were supposed to according to those in the know.

As Axl Rose Once Implored us to Do. Use Your Illusion

And if you’re still in the dark, try this.

Adelson’s Checkerboard Shadow illusion exploits the mechanisms underlying lightness constancy. Which in plain English means our capacity to perceive the lightness (or reflectance) of a surface as invariant. Even when the intensity of incident light (the illuminance) is changing at a point, or is variable across the surface.

Our inherant ability to differentiate between brightly lit dark surfaces and dimly lit white surfaces, ensures that we can detect edges and forms, under normal conditions. Thanks to lightness constancy. Along with our understanding (or should that be, accepted perceptions) of size, shape, colour and feel, light constancy allows us to skillfully negotiate our environment. This broad field is referred to as ‘perceptual constancy’. And is generally defined as a subject’s capacity to perceive some property of an object as being independent of external conditions (e.g. lighting or distance).

There. We told you this blog was going to be easy on all our jittery New Year brains.

On a final note, we’ll leave you with this thought. To further hurt you head.

Rather than assume a reality that predates life – and is, arguably, responsible for creating it in the first place – biocentrics are proposing an alternative vision of reality. Basically the premise that life – particularly consciousness – creates the universe. Inferring that the universe could not exist without us.

Welcome to 2020 with DT. We promise you less taxing blogs to come (insert smiley emoji HERE)….

Digital Image Enhancing Experts Transform Visual Quality of Iconic ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!

Digital Image Editing Experts reimagine Wham!'s iconic 'Last Christmas' music video, in glorious 4K.
The look of an undisputed snowball champion

It’s not just the aesthetic of photos which can benefit from a timely modern makeover, care of digital image enhancing experts. There have been many instances where TV programmes of yesterday, old movies and classic music videos have received a remastered digital touch. At the hands of gifted image editing professionals at large in their specific fields. The latest in a long line being none other than Wham!’s instantly recognizable/resolutely seasonal, ‘Last Christmas’.

You know the one.

Where a young George Michael gave someone his heart, but unfortunately shouldn’t have bothered; seeing it was casually discarded by the thankless recipient in under 24 hours.

What’s this got to do with digital image enhancing experts?

Don’t sit/stand there and try telling DT that you’ve never wanted to see the late, great George Michael’s luxurious – if not subtly highlighted and slightly snow-dampened – 80s mullet digitally remastered during any part of the past three decades or so?! Because if you’re currently shaking your own tousled mane, then you’re lying.

For those unperturbed by 80s taste and excess, then you’re in for a visual treat this festive season. Courtesy of the release of a brand new digitally re-jigged version of Wham!’s seminal winter hit, ‘Last Christmas’. What’s that? Did they have a seminal summer hit too? Er, two words. ‘Club’ and ‘Tropicana?!’

George Michael undergoes digital image enhancing, as part of visual remastering of 'Last Christmas' music video.
This year you’ll be lucky to get a set of heated hair curlers, George thought, while masking the pain 12 months on

Why should I care?

Because you have a heart (although technically not the one George was so seemingly benevolent with sometime around Christmas 1983). And/or you’re a child of the 80s. Or a massive fan of any one of the following winter pursuits;

Pop stars actively involved in snowball fights

Jeep Wranglers pulling to a overly dramatic halt in snow near chalets

Soft perms

The popular Swiss ski resort of Saas-Fee

Snatched moments beneath Christmas trees

Annual romantic regrets

Frantic hand waving from 4x4s and ski lifts

The wearing of garish ski wear

Looking forlorn under oversized fur-edged hoods

Andrew Ridgeley setting fire to a Christmas pudding

The most famous Christmas Number 2 record in history, arguably, is afforded digital image restoration treatment.
“Don’t forget, I was in THAT/THIS video too, you know!” quipped fellow 80s mulletmeister, Ridgeley

So what’s the script?

‘Curly-haired young man invites gaggle of close friends (and old flame) to log cabin in ski resort to celebrate Christmas together. Group – which also includes Spandau Ballet bassist, Martin Kemp – decorate Christmas tree as unit. Afterwards they engage in abovementioned snowball histrionics, before curly-haired young man gets a bit maudling over dinner.’

Oh, you mean the script re: digital image enhancing experts revisiting ‘Last Christmas’, don’t you?

Revisited by moving image restoring bods to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the original track (there have been a number of subsequent covers* since 1984, most of which have defied logic), this iconic song and music video combo is definately deserved of such a lavish contemporary makeover in our opinion.

Why is it?

Because everyone – and we mean, EVERYONE – recalls how ‘Last Christmas’ was famously kept off the top of the charts (and the fabled Christmas Number One slot) by an equally memorable track Bob Geldof, Bono and Co. When they took it upon themselves to highlight the plight of Africa’s famine victims in 1984. Which had made for distressing news headlines that year.

'Last Christmas' music video is digitally enhanced to original director, courtesy of 4K visual processes.
Hello, yes. 80s hairstyles called and asked if it could have one of its most bouffant examples back?”

But how does this explain why ‘Last Christmas’ is back in the news ‘This Christmas’ though?

The long-overdue turn of what is, arguably THE best Christmas song ever penned (the Blog Editor’s decision is final here, by the way; no correspondance will be entered into) to grab the headlines, is down to two things. From what we can make out, anyway.

Despite being on EVERY Christmas album compilation and being the unofficial soundtrack to high street Christmas shopping forays for most of our lives to date, it’s now found itself gaining even more seasonal airtime. Thanks to a new movie purportedly inspired by said song.

Yes, that saccharine-sweet holiday rom-com starring Khaleesi from Game of Thrones and Henry Golding, being the first. Which was destined to spectacularly bomb according to cold-hearted filum** critics, yet appears to be doing the box office bizz right now. And which heavily features George’s songs and just so happens to share the name of Wham!’s Yuletide Number 2, non-summer best-seller in its title.

And secondly?

And secondly due to the powers that be (the Wham! ones, for the record, record) deciding that the best way to acknowledge that this Christmas – not last – marks 35 years to the month/year that the track was released, is give the evocative music vid the full 4K razzle dazzle. Which they duly did. With a little help from digital image enhancing experts. One of those responsible being the original director himself, namely Andy Morahan according to sources.

35 years after its original release, Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' music video receives digital enhancement to lend modern levels of picture quality.
To think, in just a decade’s time, East 17 will attempt to steal my ridiculous fur-trimmed hood Christmas thunder, with their chavtastic white examples of the genre

So, how can we tell the difference in the quality of the music video (apart from the fact we’ve just told you its screen sharpness is incredible compared to the earliest interpretation)?

Because like all the very best visual enhancements (think along the lines of digital photo restoration, for example), the devil is in the detail. Clarity, colouration, light, shadows, etc all play a significant part in the core restorative qualities sought out when fine-tuning an image. Be it static, cinematic or in this particular case, music-based.

What does all this actually mean to me?

It actually means that you can enjoy the spectacle that is, ‘Last Christmas’ (the Wham! hit, NOT the movie) through new eyes. Virtually imagining what it would appear like had it been recorded in 2019. Facilitating state-of-the-art digital cameras and quite plausibly recruiting the services of professional Michael, Ridgeley, Pepsi and Shirley dopplegangers wearing 1980s fashions. Such is the levels of celluloid authenticity observed in this 4K reboot. A video dropped and uploaded to Wham’s official YouTube page just this ‘Last Weekend’, and which has already accumulated a staggering 4 million views and counting.

Now That’s What I Call 4K Digital Remastering. Incidentally, is there anything else I need to be aware of?

Yeah. Were you aware that ‘Last Christmas’ isn’t even a Christmas song? If in doubt, when was the last time you noticed Noddy Holder, Santa, a reindeer, Mr Blobby, a children’s choir or Cliff Richard in the video? Exactly. The song is essentially about a failed romance that happened to blossom on December the 25th (otherwise traditionally known in pop(ular) culture as Christmas Day).

Yet ultimately ceased to exist approximately one day later, on December the 26th (typically referred to as Boxing Day). When the ungrateful person who George gave his heart to only 24 hours earlier, decided to give it away.

*(ahem) ‘notably’ from the likes of Euro Dance Pop-peddlers, Cascada, that inanely-grinning, Crazy Frog and our very own ex-X Factor contestant, Olly Murs. Mercifully Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Eat World and Good Charlotte are among the cool musicians who have also afforded ‘Last Christmas’ their unique takes on it too

** the common pronunciation of the word, ‘film’ if you’re of a Lancashire heritage