|Photo of Marinus Christensen #1|
There are two types of editing: destructive and none at all. Details in the original will undoubtedly be lost to any possible editing notwithstanding the power of Photoshop. I am not talking about the type of editing where someone's head is put on another's body. See Ethics in Photo Editing for some interesting examples. I am talking about taking out the scratches and other signs of use or aging that are the inevitable results of handling an old photo. In fact, if you look closely at this image, you will likely discover that it is not an original photograph #1 at all. It is a photograph of another pre-existing photograph. The original may be the only one of its kind in existence and further may now be lost. Here is another copy of the "original."
|Photo of Marinus Christensen #2|
Think and think hard before you edit that old photograph. At the very least, always keep an entirely unedited copy of the original.