Many people think of "photo editing" as something difficult, but with today's technology, this process is greatly simplified. There are many tools out there that can help us to easily improve the quality of our scanned photos and they don't take that much of our time.
Editing photos can basically fall into two different categories. To view samples click on the links below:
This photo was taken back in 1971 with a Bolsey camera that did not have a light meter. It was all guesswork for camera settings. The photograph is obviously overexposed.
There are a lot of memories associated with this photograph, a street we lived on as missionaries. I used Pixlr to correct the lighting in this photograph. With a more robust photo editor, better color correction could have also been achieved.
"Restoring" photographs involves a different set of tools that allow for "healing" and "cloning" damaged areas. These do take a little skill to learn, but there are some tips & tricks that greatly help this process.
The wedding photo below had damage from sitting in a drawer and picking up stains. The damage could easily have been scratches, tears, or other physical damage.
Tips When Working With Photos:
NEVER do the editing on an original file. Always FIRST make a copy and then do your editing on the copy. You will look back at your edits at times and think, "I know how to make this photo look better". If you no longer have your original photo, you are editing an already poor quality photo.
Over time, as you open, edit, and save a photo that is saved in a .jpeg or .jpg format, you will tend to lose data with each "save". Try to do all your editing of that photo in one session, then save it, and do not change it. The quality should be fine. If you need to do edits over several sessions, save the file in a TIF format, until you have completed ALL your edits. If you are really into photography, most pros will have you save your files in a .tiff format. However, TIF files are generally quite large in size, therefore you will need a lot more storage space to hold them.