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YouTube & Photo Restoration

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by Masterpiece, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Masterpiece

    Masterpiece CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    We're in the process of editing several videos that will be posted to YouTube and embedded in our new website. These videos will showcase different products and services that we offer. Thought I'd share a link to a video on photo restoration that we just posted ...


    I'm hoping these videos will give customers a better appreciation for what we do. If you don't offer restoration / retouching services, you should put some serious thought into it. Photo restoration has landed us hundreds of frame jobs that we otherwise wouldn't have gotten. I realize that most frameshops don't have the capabilities of doing this in-house, so consider outsourcing it. There are several reputable restoration companies out there.

    Food for thought ...
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  2. janetj1968

    janetj1968 PFG, Picture Framing God

    Very nice ear and arm! Those are the real challenges!
  3. Home Based Framer

    Home Based Framer True Grumbler

    HI Matt,

    You did a great job on your video. Although I do some things in photoshop, it's obvious you are very advanced.. both technical and artistic .. good use of both sides of your brain.

    I might suggest slowing the video down a bit.. I think a novice may miss the many steps you are taking to transform the pic.

  4. AnneL

    AnneL SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    To see all the steps, the video would have to be 3 hours long (which is what this was compressed down from.) I'm thinking it is not meant as a teaching video but as a promotion video for his work.

    Nice work by the way. I've been doing copy and restoration work since the days of negative retouching, so I can appreciate how much goes into this. It is so much nicer to be able to use a computer to do it!

    My future son-in-law does videos like this of some of the projects he is doing for his master's in conceptual art for gaming. I find them fascinating.
  5. nikfrz

    nikfrz SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    As always, Matt, very nice promotion.
  6. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Beautifully done, Matt - although when the music came on I nearly fell out of my chair. LOL.
  7. David N Waldmann

    David N Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I think it's great as a promo. Good balance of showing how much work there is to do without making it boring. The only thing I thought that could be improved was the panning speed/size (both at the beginning, and then the end before/afters). That seemed to take far too long; I would say either speed it up, or do it at a lower zoom factor so it doesn't take as long. One last thing you might consider is a side by side before and after.

    Great work, both on the restoration and the video!
  8. Masterpiece

    Masterpiece CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Thanks for the feedback everyone.

    Bonnie — The video is meant more as a promotional tool as opposed to a how-to video.

    David — I think you have a good point about the before/after panning. I'll take your advice into consideration as we work on our next video.
  9. Paul Cascio

    Paul Cascio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Nice job Matt. Here's a couple of things you might want to try:

    I'd start with an establishing shot that shows the entire photo. Then, do the tight pan. Same thing to show the finished photo.

    Also, at the end, maybe re-show the "before and after" again, either by disolving/morphing to the after, or using a split screen.

    Finally, you might want to try 1-minute and 2-minute versions. I would also add a lower third with your contact info.

    Did you use Camtasia to capture the screen?
  10. Masterpiece

    Masterpiece CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Paul — I used a program called Screenium to capture the screen and edited the video in Apple's iMovie.
  11. Baer Charlton

    Baer Charlton SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    3 hours! Ha..... that three very long sessions with me..... I loved seeing that you could group certain things such as the hair and skin for tonal work.

    always great to watch a master at work, and to have 3 hours condensed to 3 minutes is even better. I'm looking for ward to seeing the others.

    I, like Paul, think a morph from original to finished is far superior to a panning. You can also do the morph from original-finished-original-finished to give that time for the "let me see that again".

    really well done.
  12. stevens

    stevens CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Nice video. We have been getting videos lined up for our company too. Out of curiosity, how much did you get paid on the restoration for 3 hours of work?
  13. Masterpiece

    Masterpiece CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Just uploaded another YouTube video created specifically for picture framers. Teaches you some basic Adobe Photoshop tricks for improving your frame photos before posting to the web. Also started another thread in the Computer Techie section. Enjoy!

    Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TF9b5IG14I

    Stevens — PM me if your interested in discussing restoration pricing.
  14. Audrey

    Audrey CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Great Job!!! I do photo restoration, That was fantastic !!!I think It will grab the customers attention!!!! The music was a perfect choice!!!
  15. BackwoodsFramers

    BackwoodsFramers True Grumbler

    I finally got time to try to fix some of my web pictures...and the tutorial is down..What happened??:cry:
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