There are several real problems concerning reproducing pictures that authors may not be aware of. The very best reproduction processes lose some quality from the original. Some “antique” photos are sent to the printers that are barely discernible as pictures. These pictures should be taken to a professional restorer or computer graphic whiz (with a high quality photo quality printer), first. Remember that the printer can do many miracles with size, but most are not set up to restore faded photos. Any old, faded photos sent to the printer will only result in faded print and possibly disappointment.

If you are preparing a manuscript for publication, take a critical look at the pictures. Do they show the detail you want? Is there too much unwanted background? Are the faces too light? Too dark? In many cases, there are no better pictures of the subject and in some cases, no others at all. In these cases, the question is, Can they be enhanced? Quite often, the answer is yes! In most major cities, a trip to the yellow pages will find a photo restorer. When you have photos reproduced, compare them closely with the originals. Often the reproducer, to improve contrast, loses detail.

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