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Having spent the best part of 40 years looking through a viewfinder of some sort, sitting in front of a computer editing photos or videos, producing websites and managing social media accounts, it’s a very strange feeling to now say when asked, “I’m retired".

Despite no longer taking on commercial paid work, it’s virtually impossible to suddenly stop what you’ve been doing for the best part of your working life so, for the past 24 months I’ve been taking on work on a ‘pro-bono’ basis for church, charity or voluntary organisations. I hope that my experience, skills and equipment can now be put to good use to those who perhaps, don’t have the budget or funding to produce what they want or need for their media requirements.

The following 'blog' items are a mixture, some from when I was working commercially and now, some new items that might be of interest.

PhotosRevive

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I’m still more of a ‘desktop’ computer guy than an iPhone or tablet and I regularly get email offers of Mac software, one in particular is Bundlehunt, you unlock the bundle for a few dollars then pick the software you want from the bundle at very reduced prices from normal.

A recent offer from BundleHunt included PhotosRevive, it can colorise (colorize) B&W photos, I’d used a similar software program some years ago but it was more of a manual approach and a little hit or miss with results.

PhotosRevive is a drag and drop solution, just drag a B&W photo onto it’s interface, click colorize and in around 30 seconds you have a coloured photo. The program uses AI and in my opinion is actually very accurate. The first example here is a family photo from 1941, while not 100% correct, it’s close enough to give a pleasing result. There is an option within the program to make some further tweaks if you’re not happy with the result or it could be further tweaked in Photoshop or any other photo editing progam. The second example is a random photo I got from StockUnlimited, a subscription photo library I use, again PhotoRevive gives a very pleasing coloured result.

Overall, for a program that cost me $2.00 (normal price is $17.99) it’s a great little app to have on hand for those odd occasions when a tweak to an old photo could make all the difference.
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