The process of restoring an old photograph begins with the conversion of the original physical picture into digital format, usually by scanning it. My dedicated photo scanner makes outstanding quality scans from paper photos, film negatives, and color transparencies (slides) with the ability to scan in high resolution, giving vivid reproductions.
The resulting scan totally depends upon the condition of the original picture. The information picked up by the scanner can definitely be heightened (and cloned, to be positioned in other areas of the photo), but it cannot recover data not there. Even so, a restored photo has the appearance of a much better picture.
Some think the “thing to do” is to get all their analog photos digitized, with the purpose of disposing of all those photos that take up so much space. However, I advise you to never throw out your original pictures!
No, to me, the reasons to get photos converted to digital format is —of course, to help prevent further deterioration— but, also, to have them RESTORED in order to get better and additional prints for sharing and framing.
But, for the sentimental occasion, my ideal is to get them restored and put into PHOTO BOOKS.
The possibilities are endless!