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Introduction to the Art of Digital Photo Restoration

Class Description

Ctein, author of "Digital Restoration from Start to Finish", will take students through the entire process of restoring old photos, from beginning to end in this one-day workshop. Topics covered will include how to import the photos into the computer, including optimizing scanning settings to make restoration easier. Students will be taught how to "diagnose" photos to figure out the best approach to repairing it. Numerous specific tips and techniques for restoring photos will be provided. The course will also cover how to best print out the results and the best ways to archive the files. Ctein will provide sample images to work on, but students are encouraged to bring some of their own damaged photos for evaluation and to experiment on.

Topics that will be discussed and demonstrated:

  • Learn numerous specific tips and techniques for restoring photos.
  • Learn how to best print out results and best ways to archive the files.

Class Requirements

Students should be familiar with basic techniques in Photoshop (or other image processing program).

Class Schedule

Start Time
End Time
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 9:00 AM 12:00 PM Digital Learning Center
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 1:00 PM 4:00 PM Digital Learning Center

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About the Instructor

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Ctein : Artist, artisan, and scientist, Ctein's 40 year career in photography and computers has established him as a world-renowned expert in photographic arts and technologies. Educated at Caltech, Ctein has provided research, testing and consultation to companies such as Apple Computers, Eastman Kodak, and Agfa.

Ctein began doing digital restoration work in the mid-1990s. His tutorial articles on the subject in PHOTO Techniques introduced many other photographers to the possibilities of digital restoration. His book, DIGITAL RESTORATION From Start To Finish ( is a standard reference in the field.

Originally Ctein performed restorations with "wet" photographic methods; he's used dye transfer techniques to reconstruct full color prints from old photographic plates for the Smithsonian. But, when it comes to restoring damaged photographs, Ctein found that nothing is superior to the computer. Safer, faster, and most importantly better, digital photographic restoration has captured his artistic soul.

Ctein is the ultimate "early adopter" of digital photography and printing, despite his passion for a classic color printing process like dye transfer. His career in electronic/digital imaging actually extends back further than the one as a professional photographer, to the early 1970's. He was designing digital cameras in 1971 and made the first electronic prints directly from color negatives in 1973.

Ctein has long been involved in photographic print preservation and permanence. As an established expert on B&W print permanence, his testimony has been sought in legal cases. Along with writing many articles and devoted to photo preservation, he's been directly involved with photo restoration for many years.

A widely-read author, Ctein easily has a million words in print. Ctein literally "wrote the book" for Kodak on many dye transfer printing techniques, along with the critically acclaimed Post Exposure: Advanced Techniques for the Photographic Printer.

Over a quarter century, he's had hundreds of articles and columns published in numerous photography and technology magazines, including PHOTO Techniques, Infoworld, High Technology, Camera & Darkroom, Rangefinder, PhotoPro, Optics and Photonics News, and The Online Photographer. His subjects include how-to articles on darkroom methods, analyses and commentary on the present and future worlds of photography and of computers, critical reviews of photography exhibits and books, software and hardware reviews, and tests of cameras, films and papers.

For 35 years he has been a master dye transfer printer. This incredibly complex and difficult process produces by far the finest photographic prints. Ctein is one of only a handful of printers still working in this 70-year-old medium. Ctein's Online Gallery ( has many examples of his work along with a full description of the dye transfer printing process. He has printed for such notable photographers as:

- photojournalist Ken Jarecke, whose famous "Face of War" photograph defined the first Gulf War

- music photographer Jim Marshall, whose iconic rock and roll, blues and jazz photographs are well-known to every lover of modern music

- portraitist Bernard Lee Schwartz, whose portraits of everyone from the Pope to Twiggy are in major collections around the world

Ctein's prints reside in major academic, governmental, and museum collections around the world - even the Royal Family of Great Britain has prints made by Ctein.

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