Photo enhancement for old tombstones
January 4, 2010 12:40 PM Subscribe
Calling all Photoshop and photo enhancement experts, and/or people who can pick out Hebrew letters: help me digitally fiddle with these photos of old weathered Romanian-Jewish tombstones to make the inscriptions clearer, so that I can hopefully get the Hebrew writing on them translated.
posted by Asparagirl to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
I have received a number of digital photographs that were recently taken in an old Jewish cemetery in northern Romania.* I have had a native Hebrew speaker volunteer to translate all of the tombstone inscriptions for me, which I am compiling into a spreadsheet to submit to the JOWBR
, except for a few photos where the stones' surfaces were too weathered or damaged for her to make out any of their words.
Here are the six full-size unedited original digital photos that she could not make out, and then my crude attempts at playing with the "Levels" command in Photoshop to bring out the Hebrew lettering:
Can anyone give any suggestions as to how to further enhance the photo quality so that more of the writing can be made visible? I feel like for some of them, the enhancement may need to be done in two separate parts because the top and bottom parts of the tombstones have very different ranges of gray.
(Translations cheerfully accepted too!)
*Săcel (a.k.a. Szacsal or Izaszacsal), Maramureş county, Romania -- formerly Máramaros county, Hungary