In several of the previous examples we’ve mentioned a few ways that humidity can damage a photo. The most common are mildew or mold spots, or damage from flooding or spilled water.

This photo illustrates another common high humidity problem, where the image has become stuck to the glass. In this case it was even worse because at some point the glass was broken, causing severe damage to the photo.

It is tempting to try to remove the picture from the glass, but researching how to do that you’ll find it’s a dangerous proposition. We prefer to photograph it as is and retouch it the best we can.

This Army bootcamp class photo came to us looking like the platoon had suffered a major artillery attack. A whole group of soldiers on the right had suffered casualties, but individuals throughout the image had taken hits.

Lucky for us, the individual the family was interested in was untouched in the center of the photo. A judicial use of copy and paste cloned entire soldiers so now if you look closely there are several sets of identical twins in the platoon.

Short of finding another print of this photo, that seemed the best solution to make it presentable.

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This image is a great example of the importance of matting artwork before framing it behind glass. The matting keeps the image from contacting the glass so that it doesn’t have a chance to bond with it. Even if you don’t want the visual appearance of a mat, it is important to install spacers at the edges to keep the two separated, especially if you live in humid climates like Ferndale’s.