During the holidays, I came back from visiting my family with about 2,300 of my Dad’s old slides that I’m in the process of scanning. I’ve read through several online tutorials about how to restore the color on faded slides, but I haven’t had much success replicating them.
My Dad always had a preference for cheap, off-brand products, so most of the slides are taken with AgfaColor film. The slides weren’t very good quality to begin with, and they were poorly stored over the ensuing decades, and the colors have faded significantly. (The handful of Kodachrome, Ektachrome and Fuji slides he took have fared much better). One reason I believe the tutorials I’ve read haven’t been helping me is that it looks like this of film is fading in a different manner than a more mainstream brand typically does.
For example, look this photo
of Yosemite’s Tunnel View that my Dad took in 1973. Would someone be able to walk me through exactly the steps I need to do to restore the color on this? As a reference, here’s a digital picture
I coincidentally took from the same vantage point, in similar lighting conditions. Obviously, the old slide can’t be restored to anything near the digital picture, but is anything salvageable at all?
For an extra degree of difficulty, I don’t
have Photoshop on my Mac. The tools at my disposal are Pixelmator, Aperture and VueScan. (Hmm... I guess I share my Dad’s tendency for cheap, off-brand products). A solution in Aperture that I can use to batch-process groups of slides would be ideal.