Daguerreotype of three brothers enlarged to 300%. Light streaks across top
& bottom are strips of tape I put on the dag to keep it from touching
the surface of my scanner.
Three brothers portrait at six times actual size (600%). Notice the boy
on the left moved minutely and is a bit out of focus. If you can, take a photo of your daguerreotypes with a camera,
not a scanner, simply because the chances of an accident are much greater
with a scanner. This is the first time this happened to me, and I'm determined
it will be the last.
A confession, but only so you can profit from my carelessness: The scratch
above the boy on the right was caused by my thumb nail. The picture slipped
when I was putting it on the scanner. That scratch will be on the dag for
as long as it exists and nothing known to modern man can erase it. Thankfully
it didn't go through his face, but it could have just as easily.
Having just said that nothing could be done about the scratch, I've just
proved myself wrong. In a matter of speaking. By taking the scanned photo
with the scratch and putting it in now ancient (but still usable) PhotoDeluxe
program (the very inexpensive version of the popular Photo Shop program),
I was able to "clean-up" the dag a bit and make the scratch more
acceptable online. The clean-up took me about two minutes - and looks it!
However, if you want to spend some time on the clean-up process and do a
decent job, you can do it in perhaps an hour. (That's a guess - I've never
spent the time necessary to do a first-rate job.)
But remember - the clean-up is just in the computer and on the Internet.
The original daguerreotype still has the scratch and always will.