Artistic Photography Australia is your Restoration & Retouching Specialists

Preserve Your Photographs! Have Your Favourite Images Transformed to their Original Condition or Even Better! Restore Torn,  Cracked, Faded or Stained Photos and Display Them Proudly in Your Home. 


When a customer arrives at Artistic Photography with a photo to be “fixed”, the restoration process is explained.  The first step is to evaluate the damage. Artistic Photography can restore your treasured memories in many ways like combining two or more photographs, remove objects or add people, create a unique background. Holiday photos that are too dark or have the wrong colour balance or that are too bright can be corrected. Your old ripped and cracked vintage photos can be restored. The possibilities are only limited by your own imagination.

Within many families, the only tangible memories that link with important events of the past are a few cracked and faded photographs glued into the family album. The album probably needs to be restored after years of use, or worse still, neglect.

The photographs are in danger of being lost or deteriorating beyond repair.

Handing over a treasured family photo for restoration to a photographic studio can often be a difficult thing to do as there is a concern for its safety. Will it be returned with even more damage? Will it be lost in the process? There is concern about cost. What am I actually paying for?

Retouching a photograph can be very time-consuming with missing components being rebuilt, colours being corrected as well as removing stains and marks. Photographs can also be manipulated to add or remove a background, person or objects. B&W Photographs can show a hint of colour, or Colour images can be created in B&W or brown toned, sepia, etc,  thus we can create a new photograph for future generations to enjoy.

The cost of restoration will vary considerably, depending on the condition of the original photograph and the degree of enhancement required. Artistry and time are the major factors. Prices can vary between $95 to $180, including the new print.

Recognizing the importance of restoring these irreplaceable photos is the start toward building a permanent record of a family’s history and achievement for future generations to enjoy.

1. Basic restoration 
Colour and tonal improvement of faded or 
discoloured photos, conversion to black and white or sepia, retouching to remove minor blemishes and scratches, image enlargement and sharpening, and cropping/improvement of the composition.
2. Mid-level restoration 
As Basic but with more serious 
colour correction, blemish and scratch removal, object removal, tear and crease removal from backgrounds (excluding faces and important elements in the picture).
3. Complex restoration 
As Mid-level but additionally complex blemish and scratch removal, tear removal, complex object, and stain removal. Reconstruction of missing areas. Colourisation of black and white and very faded photos. Repair of serious fading, severe silvering, complex object removal, seamlessly joining torn sections.
4. Extreme restoration 
Repair of very damaged photos needing very painstaking remodeling and reconstruction work. There are no shortcuts for these kinds of tasks – they take many hours to get right!
What we can’t do
Legs, arms, and backgrounds can be grafted in from other photos, but if a face is too faded or damaged 
its guesswork to try and recover the image. If that’s the case, chances are we won’t achieve a likeness. As a general guide, if you can recognize the person in the photo and there is enough detail left, then we can recover it.

If you would like us to help you restore a treasured family photograph, there are a number of ways you can send us your photograph:

  1. Via email - You will need to have your photograph scanned into an electronic format to a resolution of 600 Dpi (dots per inch) as a Tiff or JPG format, then zipped (compressed) and emailed to [email protected] [email protected]
  2. Via mail - Please ensure that your photograph is wedged between two pieces of thick cardboard, packaged in a flat envelope and mailed to: Artistic Photography Australia, Shop 6/7 O'Hanlon Place, Nicholls ACT 2913 
  3. Via our gallery - Alternatively, you can simply visit our gallery in Gold Creek Square, Nicholls to drop your photograph off and talk to us. We are open 10 to 3 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

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Contact us for an assessment today via the contact form and see what we can do for you!