I have been trying to fix the only photo I have of my Grandfather.
The original I am working from is a photocopy, that is maybe 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". It was among the papers I received from the Civil Service Commission when I requested information about Grandpop Dave being a Merchant Marine. It is a mug-shot.
I have tried to restore photos before - just erasing tears, of other minor abrasions on the photo - but this one I think is going to be a little harder than that. This needs to be evened out. There appears to be a line straight down the middle of the pictures - it could possibly be the lighting - that makes the photo appear darker on the one side. I would like to even that out to make the lighting appear more natural. I was able to do this with the background already, but his face is a little more complicated.
I turned it into a sepia tone because I wanted to use it in one of my scrapbooks but I do not like the way it turned out - it is too noisey/grainy.
So, it is back to the proverbial drawing board.