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Title: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: John on June 21, 2006, 02:47:15 PM
What's just as interesting (sometimes moreso!) as the images being restored by OPR Volunteers are the stories from our members describing what this project means to them and why they joined the OPR in the first place.   We'd love to hear what the OPR experience means to you and to share that with the OPR community.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: chazcron on June 21, 2006, 09:48:21 PM
I'd just like to jump right in and say Photoshop has been in my blood since it came across my desk back in 1990. I love pushing pixels and it is great to apply my experience to something that can have a direct effect on people's lives, rather than, say, a quick disinterested glance at some consumer product I did the label for.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: mdiDesign on June 21, 2006, 10:16:51 PM
A few years ago, I undertook a project in which I scanned, restored and cataloged the entire photo inventory of a historical society and museum in Nebraska. It was a great opportunity to fine tune my restoration skills and to give back to that community.

When I heard about OPR on the NAPP website, I thought it would be great to volunteer. Little did I know how much one can focus on and agonize over a single photograph. Especially when you know that it may be one of only a small handful of photos that the owner has a chance of ever seeing in its original condition, again.

My thanks to the OPR Crew for having the idea and the knowledge to carry this out.  Glad to be of assistance.

Mike
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: capriccio on June 21, 2006, 10:18:33 PM
I heard about OPR back in February, I think, through someone at worth1000.com who posted a link. I was impressed with the entire concept, and wanted to get involved. I don't have much money to donate, but this is definitely something I could do to help those affected by Katrina. Glad to be here!
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Veronica on June 21, 2006, 10:31:32 PM
Working with graphics is what I love to do.  I have tried my hand at photo restoration for friends and family and found that doing restorations is more enjoyable for me than any other graphics projects I have tried.

When I heard about OPR and the work you are doing I just knew I had to be a part of it.  Not only because I love doing restoration work, but because when I was younger my family experienced the damage and loss due to flood.  Of all the things we lost, it was the damage to the photos and memories that hurt the most.

Of course back then a computer was something you saw on the deck of the Starship Enterprise, so restoration was not an option.  (Oh dear I just aged myself....lol)   ;D

I think it is awesome that with the technology today photos and memories do not have to be lost forever.
 

Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: John on June 21, 2006, 10:36:56 PM
Welcome everyone!

Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Carol on June 21, 2006, 11:02:38 PM
Hi All,

I signed up around the same time Cyclone Larry hit the northern state of QLD in Australia.  This was a category five storm and although we were lucky not to have any fatalaties, many people lost their homes and treasured memories, just as they did with Hurricane Katrina.

I have my own small business doing photo restoration and retouching , so saw this as a great opportunity to help out, especially since I wasn't in the position to contribute financially.

I have now restored four photos for OPR and have enjoyed the challlenge.  It's great to know my small efforts are making a difference to the lives of those affected.

Lets hope we can get OPR running globally and see this project grow.

Keep up the great work OPR.  Looking forward to getting to know some fellow volunteers.

Carol :)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Elwood on June 21, 2006, 11:18:39 PM
Like many people after Katrina  I had wanted to help the victims, since I am a poor college student I wasn't able to financially help them but then my friend told me of this, since I had just completed an intro to Photoshop class I thought it would be great way to give back.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Jenphotoart on June 21, 2006, 11:29:04 PM
How could I not?  For healing to truly occur, these famiilies need a piece of their heritage they can use
to build their futures on.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Tacey on June 22, 2006, 12:59:42 AM
I heard about OPR several months ago and was so impressed with the concept and idea of being able to help people keep their memories alive by helping to restore their photos.  Photographs tell such a wonderful story and are so important to our lives that I just had to respond and help. 

Thanks to OPR and this community for the chance to help.

Tacey
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Quoin on June 22, 2006, 03:54:57 AM
Hi Everyone!
 I heard about OPR through another site I belong to called www.caedes.net - and to be honest it just made sense to be able to offer my skills to some people who have lost so much. Our collective time and skills I know will make the difference, and I'd like to be part of that.
I have successfully completed my Masters Degree in Digital Media, and have personally been using Photoshop to restore photos as well as Design work. I hope I can make someone on the other side of the world happy through my skills.
I think everyone's efforts here are amazing - and I believe in Karma! Good Luck to you all! May world communties and sharing spirit lead the way! Cheers... (Looking forward to my first photo!) :D
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Rob Accomando on June 22, 2006, 07:40:08 AM
I love restoring photos and I like helping out.  ;D
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: ParkerF1 on June 22, 2006, 08:31:59 AM
...Little did I know how much one can focus on and agonize over a single photograph. Especially when you know that it may be one of only a small handful of photos that the owner has a chance of ever seeing in its original condition, again.

My thanks to the OPR Crew for having the idea and the knowledge to carry this out.  Glad to be of assistance.

Mike

I second that. Well said Mike. I'm here for the very same reason. After seeing HP's mobile restoration team on TV, I assumed HP had legions of gurus employed by whatever means to address this issue, and that it was one less thing to have to think about... little did I know!!! Thanks to anonymous on W1k for the heads up. This is an amazing and selfless undertaking by Dave, Angela and team... my skills are ALL YOURS!


Don't forget to advertise OPR in your other forums and help raise donations!

Cheers
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Kenny on June 22, 2006, 09:46:46 AM
I read about OPR on Fark.com. I thought to myself "self, you could be helping people instead of doing silly photoshop contests". Well, I still do the silly contests, but the idea of the work here really appeals to me. I can't wait to get my first project.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: KaDi on June 22, 2006, 10:41:24 AM
Like others, I came here from a photo contest site (dpchallenge.com) where a member linked an article on OPR. Many of us there became enthusiastic for the chance to use our skills in a meaningful way. We encourage and help each other in the forums there....so I'm thrilled there's a dedicated forum here, now!

I have loved photos and photography all my life. The memories in the shoeboxes and albums and (now) computer files I have are so precious to me--I can't imagine what it would be like to lose them. My heart leaped at the chance to help salvage memories for others.

I could sit all day and piece together jig-saw puzzles. I could tweak all those bad vacation photos. Or I could combine those skills and have the best of both worlds while making a difference.  Easy choice, I think. :)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Tofu on June 22, 2006, 12:04:08 PM
I came to OPR from a link posted at http://www.photoshopcontest.com and loved the idea from the start. But I'm with capriccio.  I don't have the funds to spare and I can't make it to the disaster site to physically help.

But I've got software and some skill in using it.  I figure if I can't give money or physical labor then I can certainly help with the restorartions.

Where I live there is a danger of tornadoes as well as damage from burst pipes in the winters.  So I really like the idea of OPR chapters!
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Dave on June 22, 2006, 03:16:01 PM
This topic has quickly become my favorite of the whole forum. After dealing with countless emails (some not so nice), it rejuvenates my soul to read why you all joined OPR. Thank you for your help and for your reasons for joining. 

Dave Ellis
Co-President

Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: ParkerF1 on June 22, 2006, 03:55:58 PM
This topic has quickly become my favorite of the whole forum. After dealing with countless emails (some not so nice), it rejuvenates my soul to read why you all joined OPR. Thank you for your help and for your reasons for joining. 

Dave Ellis
Co-President




No so nice? why? Share them if you can... you need the support and it's bs for that kind of behavior. Keep up the good work Dave.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: CarpenterGraphic on June 22, 2006, 10:39:18 PM
Like others have said, I too have come here from a photoshop contest site, (worth1000.com) and as fun as it is, there is much more reward in this. I greatly admire those who have taken the time to organize a site like this, and and am proud to participate.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Harry122 on June 22, 2006, 11:18:43 PM
Good Karma...
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Skid on June 22, 2006, 11:52:40 PM
I just read a thread on Worth1000.com about this project, and it sounds like a great idea.  Summer's just started, and this is a much better way to spend my time than playing video games and sleeping for two months.  :)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: danger_Mouse on June 23, 2006, 12:35:23 AM
Huh, what's this Karma thing?  :P

Well, like some of the others, I came here through Worth1000. Being on the other side of the world, it's pretty difficult for me to offer any physical help, and I'm not in the position to really help out monetarily, so I jumped at the chance to sign up here, where I can give my time and skill instead.


Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Dave on June 23, 2006, 07:55:06 AM
Hello everyone,

I signed up because coming from England I think we are quite lucky when it comes to avoiding natural disasters, but seeing what has happened over there in the past few years I finally have a chance to give some support and do something to help.

Photos are things that cant be replaced and its sad to see so many damaged baby and wedding photos. I jumped to the chance to help when I found out about OPR from RetouchPro. I have got my first few pictures now and I cant wait to make them look good as new again for their owners.

Dave
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on June 23, 2006, 02:33:06 PM
Hi Volunteers

I became involved in this incredible endeavor because of an item in the on-line newsletter of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Living in west central Florida, I recall sitting in the dark two years ago waiting for Charley to hit us and thinking that if my photos were lost I'd be devastated. Our guardian angel was watching over us that day, but people south of us were blasted.  I mourn every time nature reminds us of her power by destroying people's lives.

I've always wanted to help those who've been hit by a hurricane, because I could be in that situation at some point. Being a working stiff and caring for 12 rescued cats allows me little opportunity to physically get to a site and be of service.

I'm a graphic designer and have had considerable experience in manipulating and restoring photos.  This is an awesome means by which to support people who have been victimized by one of our constantly-threatening weather beasts.

I think everyone who's volunteered is an angel!  I'm happy to be part of this community and I especially send kudos to Dave, Becky and the rest of the crew who have expended considerable energy and spirit in initiating a project that I think has no limits.

My very best to all of you.

GG
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: beckysell on June 24, 2006, 06:38:21 AM
Hi all,
I second Dave... this thread is definitely a good moral boost, and gives us hope that OPR has a real future ahead to continue helping more people thanks to you. 
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Risici on June 24, 2006, 01:00:41 PM
Practice.. I hope i dont step on any toes. I truly respect and feel for those which memories we are trying to save. But since i cant meet them in person this projeckt for me is more about practice my restoration skills in photoshop, than a personal contact.
When that is said i always keep the end usage of the picture in mind when working on it, trying to be true to a vision or a real person. Hope that made sence :)
Anyway this is a great projeckt and ill give the photoshop guys and girls over at napp a heads up about this.

/Lasse -Risici
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: mayfae on June 24, 2006, 03:14:55 PM
-because capriccio made a thread.  ;D

-and what harry said ;)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: SoleAngelus on June 24, 2006, 04:51:29 PM
I came to find out about OPR by chance when reaserching another project and found myself compelled to sign up and offer my services, i just love the idea of being able to help people in this way, and being able to help restore, what is a physical representation of peoples lives and memorys.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: happyheart on June 24, 2006, 05:26:15 PM
I've been doing 'artsy' things for as long as I can remember.  About 5 years ago, I discovered Photoshop, and then a couple of years ago I attended my first Photoshop World.  I was off and running after that.  The program is incredible.  I love being able to repair something damaged to brand new condition.

I was watching a TV special where Oprah was releasing ownership of 15 brand new homes to victims of Hurrican Katrina who had lost their homes.  They had all banded together to help build the 15 homes.  She stated during the show that insurance could replace their homes, but the one thing that couldn't be replaced/repaired was their photos.  They were lost forever.

I remember thinking "That's not true!  I could restore some of those photos, but how would I get them?  Soon after that I received my NAPP e-letter and it had a link to OPR in it.  I clicked on the link, registered, and here I am.

I love being able to help restore photos and memories and hopefully bring a smile to someone's face.  I learn new things with each photo I restore. 
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: JoanTraveller on June 26, 2006, 03:32:05 PM
I felt it was time for me to give something back.  Photographs are so very meaningful to the individual, and when everything is gone, including these precious possessions, it's a huge blow.  I would simply like to help.  What goes around, comes around, and I'm happy to help where I can, knowing that if it was me, someone would, in turn, be there to lend a hand.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: paula on June 26, 2006, 06:21:29 PM
I heard about OPR at dslreports.com where I hang out a lot.  This was way back when the first blog was up.  I checked it out and knew right away this is where I belong.  This is what I do, what I love to do, what I do every day.  It's not my job it's my joy.  I'll be happy to help any way I can. :D
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Maigo on June 27, 2006, 12:19:23 AM
I live in Florida, and know how devastating hurricanes are. Not only do they do great physical damage, the emotional stress can be overwhelming. To give back even a small piece of someone’s lives is an incredible enriching experience.   
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: NoCoolOnesLeft on June 28, 2006, 05:07:23 AM
I signed up because I thought I could help. As a former texture artist for a Battlefield Vietnam modification, I know my way around photoshop, and I've got experience creating in textures. I'm by no means the best here at this; but I'll definitely give it my all when I get a photo to restore :)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: mschonher on June 28, 2006, 03:12:19 PM
Over the years I've asked myself what worldly posessions I would take from my home should a disaster be headed our way. Without a doubt it would be our photographs. These are our family legacies. They tell us where we came from, where we've been and where we're headed. All that and so much more. I can't imagine not seeing my Mother's face looking at me from the photograph by my bedside or looking at our ancestors who came from so far away to live in America. My photographs are my most revered worldly posession. All else can be replaced. I'm thankful to be able to help others salvage a few precious memories. Thanks OPR, you're the greatest :loveit:
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mark Wilson on June 28, 2006, 03:28:58 PM
There are some things in life that you just know, instinctively, are "the right thing to do".

Operation Photo Rescue was one of those things for me.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: OPRAng on June 28, 2006, 09:23:23 PM
This is actually my first post to the forum. I am Angela Ellis, Dave's wife, and the treasurer for OPR.

I was with Dave when the initial idea for OPR struck him. We were in our family room and he had just read the article with Becky's photos covering the devastation in Pass Christian. I remember the goose bumps I got when he told me. When he and Becky went down to Mississippi for the "trial run", I wanted more than anything to help them. Baking chocolate chip cookies for the car ride just didn't seem enough. So when they got back and we all realized we were at the beginning of something big, I knew I had to help. I am a pediatric physical therapist by trade, so helping with restorations was out of the question. So I threw my hat in the ring to work on the business aspects of our "little" project.

Our family means everything to me and holding on to family memories through our photographs does too. I'll do anything I can do to help all of you help the families that need us. As the recent weather has taught us, you don't have to wait for hurricane season to know how important this work is...

Thank you to everyone for all you are doing for OPR! We would be nowhere without you!
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Bud on June 29, 2006, 12:12:50 AM
My family was directly impacted by Katrina.  My mother lost her home - and unfortunately many of the family photographs as a result of the storm surge that hit Pascagoula, MS.  It completely destroyed the structure - with only the pilings of the elevated structure remaining.  I'm so glad that she had distributed a number of old photos among her children over the years prior to the storm - so as sad as the loss of her photo albums and our high school photos was - I realize just how lucky we are to still have some of them.

As I was scouring the site of her former condominium for anything that might remain of her property (My sister found an intact coffee mug!)  I found a small photo album - that at first glance appeared a total loss - as I turned through the bled-out pages - I was surprised to find that parts of the images within the center of the stack were still partially intact - I instinctively digitally photographed the remains - somehow wanting to preserve the memories - even though I don't know who they belong to.  I think this experience, coupled with the personal loss of my families photo history made me jump at the chance to be involved with OPR.  I was delighted to find a venue that would allow me to help Katrina victims recover some of their cherished family memories.

Great job, Dave, Becky and all the other volunteers  - thanks for all your hard work -  I'm grateful that you had the idea, but more importantly, that you took the initiative to implement it - I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the team.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: chadtrutt on June 29, 2006, 08:27:09 PM
I heard about OPR from my friend Dan who was visiting family in Louisiana. He came across an article and thought I would be interested since I've been restoring old flea-market photos for fun. Might as well and restore photos, really memories, and help some people out. I feel very fortunate to be a volunteer with OPR. I'm amazed and bewildered when I see "difficult" pictures to restore. I thought I was pretty good but some of those look beyond repair. I would love to see a before and after on some of those. I have some samples of my restored photos on my web site: www.chadtrutt.com  Any feed back and appreciated.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: yogaphobic on June 30, 2006, 02:47:53 AM
I lost almost all my photos in a house fire when I was 15. A few were rescued and I got most of my experience restoring those photos. I know how important the photos are to these victims and want to help any way I can. I Cherish the few photos of I have of my younger years.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Ptollemy on June 30, 2006, 04:31:05 AM
Although a realatively new Photoshop user I am totally addicted, and spend almost every spare moment working on one image or another [I have a very understanding computer-sauvy hubby  :loveit:]

When I came across a link to OPR through the NAPP website, I was immediately intrigued. I could hardly believe that here was a way to help other people by doing something that I love, half a world away (Australia).

So really, I should be thanking you for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

Thanks guys  :up:
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Ratz on June 30, 2006, 06:31:46 AM
Hi everyone, Like ptollemy I am a photoshop addict and heard about the project through Fotothing.Thought I would throw my hand in as it is a great cause. I don't know what I would do if I lost all my treasured photos,and to be able to restore someones memories to them is just the best thing!
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: milanab on July 04, 2006, 01:48:03 PM
i can't remember now how i found OPR but i knew immediately i wanted to help.  i am self taught , still basic skills, but have had some experience with restorations.  we lost a ton of photos due to mildew and mold many years ago.  what we could salvage has been tucked away until i discovered photo programs.  my dad is the photo bug in my family, he had been dealing with cancer and has major depression.  i began restoring his photos taken while he was stationed in korea in the 50's, many of which he had developed himself, in an effort to take his mind off of the treatments and scans.  i really enjoyed bringing them back to life.  this rescue effort brought joy to my heart and i wanted to help others feel as my dad has that it brings back happy memories from sad, and for him a sense of pride.  perhaps it will bring some comfort and peace to these families as well.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: mdunning on July 05, 2006, 04:47:05 PM
A few weeks after Katrina, once we were allowed to return home, yard signs advertising various businesses started popping up at intersections around town.  Dozens and dozens of them.  Contractors, roofers, restaurants that were re-opening, etc.  I spotted a few signs for photo restoration and was curious as to the services they offered, prices, and turnaround times.  I had known a few professionals who restored and retouched photos and knew they had steady business before the storm; I figured if anything their business would have increased tenfold. 

I was going to volunteer to help restore photos, paid or not, I just wanted to help out.  Once I found out what these restoration "specialists" were charging people, my jaw hit the ground.  There was no way I could ever charge as much as those guys were and still be able to look at myself in a mirror.  So, I began to consider the possibility of performing the restoration at a significantly lower fee than those "other guys."  That is, until I stumbled upon OPR.  Needless to say, my perspective was changed and figured that this would be a much more worthy cause.  And the rest, as they say, is history.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Migsy on July 06, 2006, 11:19:32 AM
I managed to find out about OPR while browsing digg.com and seeing a post to OPR's blogpage. After reading the OPR blog, I thought I'd send a shout out to the folks who were running it and offer to lend a hand in whatever way I could. I do some web/graphic design and have a basic understanding of Photoshop, as I have been dabbling with that program  10 years. I also have done a few photo restoration projects for friends and family and got some pretty good feedback.

Mike sent me an email with my first photo to restore while I was out on vacation. This would be my first photo to restoration for someone outside of my immediate friends/family.  Part of what engages me is the challenge of the restoration, of course. But the rest of it (and i'm sure some may agree wtih me) goes along the lines of the saying: "a picture is worth a thousand words", and when doing this particular photo restoration, I can almost build a story as I restore each part of that picture. It helps to motivate me to work harder on it.

Hey Ya'll, I'm Migsy from NYC and I look forward to helping in anyway I can and look forward to interacting with everyone else here in this volunteer organization.  :)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: John on July 06, 2006, 06:37:28 PM
I heard about OPR at dslreports.com where I hang out a lot.  This was way back when the first blog was up.  I checked it out and knew right away this is where I belong.  This is what I do, what I love to do, what I do every day.  It's not my job it's my joy.  I'll be happy to help any way I can. :D

I don't know why I just saw this, but I'm also a dslreports.com regular.  Small web!
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: DawnAllynn on August 30, 2006, 02:26:49 PM
I found a link to OPR online, and couldn't help myself.  I love doing volunteer work, nothing is more satisfying than giving back to the world community where help is needed in anyway.  I've done volunteer work for as long as I can remember in some form or fashion.  I am always amazed and excited at the venues that open allowing people to help at a distance.   Another way the internet makes this large planet of ours seem so much smaller.

Recently I had my own apartment flood here in Albuquerque.  Mine wasn't through hurricane or weather, it was because the city was doing work on sewage lines and they forced huge mounts of sewage backwards into my home, and I lost almost everything.  It was fairly devastating.  Fortunately for us, we have a great deal of help and another place to call home.  I didn't lose any of my photos, and few of my keepsakes, they were not in the apartment.  What would I have done had I lost my children's photos?  Memories I could never hold or recreate?  It would crush me like nothing else I could imagine. 

I'm so glad to have found this project, and I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to contribute to the most wonderful cause.   :loveit:
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: John on August 31, 2006, 12:31:20 AM
I found a link to OPR online, and couldn't help myself.  I love doing volunteer work, nothing is more satisfying than giving back to the world community where help is needed in anyway.  I've done volunteer work for as long as I can remember in some form or fashion.  I am always amazed and excited at the venues that open allowing people to help at a distance.   Another way the internet makes this large planet of ours seem so much smaller.

Recently I had my own apartment flood here in Albuquerque.  Mine wasn't through hurricane or weather, it was because the city was doing work on sewage lines and they forced huge mounts of sewage backwards into my home, and I lost almost everything.  It was fairly devastating.  Fortunately for us, we have a great deal of help and another place to call home.  I didn't lose any of my photos, and few of my keepsakes, they were not in the apartment.  What would I have done had I lost my children's photos?  Memories I could never hold or recreate?  It would crush me like nothing else I could imagine. 

I'm so glad to have found this project, and I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to contribute to the most wonderful cause.   :loveit:

Glad to have you here.  Welcome!  :up:
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: davedawn on August 31, 2006, 11:47:54 PM
My family calls me the crazy photo lady because I'm always documenting family and events. I keep all my photo discs in one place, 'cause if my house ever catches fire, they are the first thing I'll grab (since the kids are all grown and gone). Losing my photos would break my heart, and my heart breaks for those who lost theirs. If I can help just a few families get some of their past back, how can I not?
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: John on September 01, 2006, 10:04:57 AM
My family calls me the crazy photo lady because I'm always documenting family and events. I keep all my photo discs in one place, 'cause if my house ever catches fire, they are the first thing I'll grab (since the kids are all grown and gone). Losing my photos would break my heart, and my heart breaks for those who lost theirs. If I can help just a few families get some of their past back, how can I not?

another good idea is to upload all of your photos to an online service like Flickr or Photobucket.  That way if anything ever gets destroyed locally you'll have an online backup. 
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Ptollemy on September 01, 2006, 07:50:46 PM
We have a backup drive on our home network, and I back up every night after uploading photos or working on graphic files. If there was ever a fire, that's what I would grab first!

Kind regards
Ptollemy
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: laportelj on September 06, 2006, 11:21:53 PM
After hurricane Katrina I often thought about all the lost photos. I have been restoring my family photos for a few years and have gained enough experience so I thought if there was just some way to get to those photos I could fix some for someone.      I searched the web to find out if anyone else had those same thoughts , that's how I found OPR, thank you for making it possible for me to help .
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on September 07, 2006, 10:47:38 AM
Hi!

Dave mentioned back in June that this is his favorite part of the forum, and I have to say it's mine as well. I find myself coming back here often to re-read the messages.  It's good for the soul to know that there are so many big-hearted people wanting to use their talent and energy to ease a bit of the pain of the Katrina survivors.  I notice that we've acquired over 30 new members in the last few weeks, and that reinforces my belief that OPR will become a huge world-wide organization of people who have found a superb outlet for their creativity and need to do anything they can for people who've lost a precious part of their lives to disaster.

I think you're all wonderful!

GG
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Ausimax on August 09, 2007, 01:35:24 AM
Hi,

Someone mentioned this thread in another post and reminded me about it, actually thought I had posted in it but I hadn't. Though reading the posts again was like a trip down memory lane, all those names that I haven't heard for months or more, you wonder are they still active and not posting or have they drifted away unnoticed. :'(

Max

Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on August 09, 2007, 02:22:45 AM

Hi Max,

I was the one who mentioned it in another thread--guess I thought it might get more attention if it was posted to something more current. I went back and read all of the replies to this post, only problem is I didn't see yours. I know that you are very active member on the forum and that you are in Australia. I am curious as to how you came to hear about OPR.

It's just guessing on my part, but maybe others see the supply of pictures dwindling and think mission accomplished? Or is it a case of feeling intimidated by the challenge of some of the really hard pictures remaining?

Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Tess (Tassie D) on August 09, 2007, 02:30:34 AM
I was happily immersed in helping people with webpages and images on another forum when someone started a thread about OPR.
Having done quite a few restorations for family & friends (though nothing like the damage here) I thought I could help out. I have been playing with Paintshop Pro since version 4 and decided to put it to good use.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: sanbie on August 09, 2007, 04:04:33 AM
Well Tess (Tassie) came into a forum I belonged to and put your link to show what she has been up to lately...so I clicked on it and the rest is history as they say!!

Sanbie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Ausimax on August 09, 2007, 07:58:45 AM

Hi Margie,

I'm not altogether sure how I found OPR, I think I was doing a Google search about photo restoration, I had just finished digitising and restoring about 1000 old slides and that had kindled an interest, and I figured that working for OPR would be a good way of developing my skills and helping somebody else at the same time.

Since then I have been addicted to OPR, sometimes I'm not sure the skills have improved any, but I keep persevering.

Max
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: klassylady25 on August 09, 2007, 08:39:25 AM
Margie,

I was visiting a site, by the name of RetouchPro, when a plea came out for anyone interested in voluteering to aid with restoration work after Hurrican Katrina.  I have family who went through that and still live in New Orleans.  My husband was raised there and so this was my way of giving back.

I started with OPR before this site was up and running and have been here ever since.  I restored about 5 more pictures than that which are in my gallery and am still going strong.  I'm a little over 50 restorations now.  Love the challenge of each new project and if this changes in the future, then I can honestly say that OPR is and will have been the best experience I've every had on the internet.  This is a family not just a 'board'.   And there you have my story! 

Candice  :loveit:
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Lorraine on August 09, 2007, 10:57:23 AM
Hi all,

Like Candice, I came here from RetouchPRO.  I haven't been with OPR very long, but I love being part of the organization.  I'm working on my sixth restoration and get such a great feeling everytime I complete a job.  It's so satisfying to put my skills to work for such a good cause.

Lorraine
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: sanbie on August 10, 2007, 01:32:39 AM
Holy mackrel Lorraine...you are on your 6th!!! :wnw: Boy you must be fast!!

Sanbie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Lorraine on August 10, 2007, 05:09:53 AM
Holy mackrel Lorraine...you are on your 6th!!! :wnw: Boy you must be fast!!

Sanbie

LOL, Sanbie. 

I'm not fast.  I just have a lot of time on my hands.  I'm retired and this is now my full-time job.

Lorraine
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: RosyBijou on August 10, 2007, 12:44:59 PM
What a wonderful thread!

Like HappyHeart, I saw the show that Oprah did for the folks who lost so much in Katrina.  Her comment about the photos being lost forever sent chills down my spine and I had my "THAT's how I can help" moment...  so, in all my naivety, I wrote to Oprah's show, asking who I could contact that would enable me to offer some of my restoration skills, however limited...

Well, I never did hear back from Oprah, but it prompted me to do some internet searching on volunteer photo restoration and OPR came up at the top of the list.  I signed up that day.

I think that this is such an incredible and honorable endeavor and am so very proud to be a part of it, despite the fact that I've had to pull back over the past few months.  My OPR contributions to date have been a drop in the bucket compared to the "tried & true"... I guess we all just do the best we can.  I am truly humbled and inspired by the talent and generosity of time (and spirit) that folks bring to this project.  I love being a part of it, even if it's just a small part.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: rockthumper on August 29, 2007, 11:48:04 PM
Quote from: RosyBijou
Well, I never did hear back from Oprah, but it prompted me to do some internet searching on volunteer photo restoration and OPR came up at the top of the list.
Ah! Oprah was not pro OPR? Ha!  >:D

Why did I join? I've been playing with Paint Shop Pro for years and photo editing/image manipulation is my hobby - I'm still learning more about it every day. I spend a lot of my online time at Flickr mainly doing photo fix-ups for people who request them and reading all the great tutorials that people write for something called Photoshop. Somewhere along the line OPR was mentioned in a comment along with a link which I foolishly clicked on... When I saw what you crew were up to I could see here was a chance to try my hand at something of real human value beyond amusement or art.
I haven't done a single thing for OPR yet because there aren't any photos except for three in Christine's gallery (and I'm not touching any of those!) but I'm ready and waiting for the Biloxi avalanche to fall.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on August 30, 2007, 01:22:52 AM
Rockthumper,

I think wanting to do something of human value rather than using your skills for amusement or art is why OPR has such an appeal. I have been to other forums and have enjoyed seeing their work and the contest they have running, but nothing comes close to the benefit that this site offers. You will also find it rewarding exchanging ideas with people around the world.

It won't be long before you can try your hand at restoring. Glad you are on board!

Margie

Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: zinger on April 01, 2008, 12:00:59 AM
I am a picture-taker and know my way around a few of the features in Photoshop. I read Eismann's book on photo restoration several years ago when I was working to restore some old family tintypes.

Most of all, I spent over 28 years as a career firefighter. On our list of priorities when protecting or salvaging stuff from a fire was photographs. Save the people, pets and photos (computers too which is where most folks store their photos today) - that pretty much was the order we took.

It is very nice to be here.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on April 01, 2008, 12:17:23 AM
Zinger, it's really nice to have you here too! It looks after retiring from firefighting, you are still saving photos.  :up:

Margie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on April 01, 2008, 07:12:13 AM
Jeff, I didn't realize and find it interesting and comforting to know that after the living who are endangered by disaster, first responders try to salvage photos.  After working with OPR, I'm so aware of the value to people of their history.  Just about every other material thing can be replaced.

I've thought a lot about that over the years, because we live in Central Florida and as a hurricane is brewing I first wonder what I'll do to save my 12 cats, and then panic over my treasure trove of family photos.  Their loss would be devastating!

I've always felt that once a hero, always a hero – you're proof of my theory.  Even retired you're still expending your efforts to help other people.  Bless you for that!

Glenna
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: zinger on April 01, 2008, 04:03:32 PM
Glenna,

I'm no hero.



Thanks for the welcome, everyone.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on April 01, 2008, 09:24:17 PM
Jeff, the first thing a true hero says is "I'm no hero."  I'm married to one, so I know.  Usually the argument is "I'm just doing my job," or "I don't do anything special."  Bull pucky!

Many years ago I sailed with a group of firefighters and EMTs, and I know for a fact that first-responders are among the most special people in the world.  So forgive me if I continue to hold that opinion, your disclaimer notwithstanding.

Cheers!

Glenna
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: wrinklymike on April 20, 2008, 01:21:13 PM
I used to do repairs on a genealogy site, but there seemed to be a clique of old hands who left the newbies out, so I gave up.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: schen on April 20, 2008, 01:35:51 PM
Welcome on board, Mike.

We do have an old hands clique here too.  But they will absorb you in no time.  The quickest way to get "in" is to request an impossible photo to restore and ask all the questions you may have here.  You will get all the helps you need and more  ;)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: cmpentecost on April 20, 2008, 01:52:04 PM
Welcome aboard Mike!  We're glad to have you aboard the OPR team!

Christine
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on April 20, 2008, 05:25:04 PM
Mike, I sent you a welcome elsewhere (the first of your posts that I saw), and as one of the forum's long-time members I can assure you that you won't get left out of this discussion unless you choose not to participate.  Our newbies have contributed so much and continue to do so.  What we are is one big OPR clique!  It gets better and better with every new member.  I'm truly glad you're with us!

Cheers

Glenna
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: kiska on April 20, 2008, 06:20:56 PM
Hey Mike! Dive in!
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: John on April 21, 2008, 11:46:55 PM
I used to do repairs on a genealogy site, but there seemed to be a clique of old hands who left the newbies out, so I gave up.

Welcome to OPR!  Thanks for joining!
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on April 22, 2008, 12:18:48 AM
Hi Mike, welcome to OPR. You will never feel left out here!

Margie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: jill393 on April 22, 2008, 01:31:09 PM
I did a couple of fixes over at another site and never even got a thank you... so I am not doing that anymore!  I don't look specifically for the thanks but it would be nice to have an acknowledgment once in a while.

This site just seems (and I know time will tell me true) to have a better vibe about it... and I like helping people.

I live in earthquake country and we all know a big one is coming.  I have most of my photos on cd's and stored in safe deposit boxes at a bank.  Just in case.  Of course with two little kids we do have a years worth floating around on a hard drive, and I still have a 13 year old wedding album to get to, but all in time.

Thanks for the site, and the opportunity to help out where we can.

Jill
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on April 22, 2008, 01:51:51 PM
Hi Jill and welcome

I think it's wonderful that you have most of your history already on CDs and stashed in a safe place.  I still have all my treasures in plastic boxes, up high in a closet.  Having gone on the copy run to Biloxi, I discovered how much good that does (ZILCH)!  I live in hurricane alley (central Florida), so I need to get in gear and make sure I'm not one of the people OPR has to help after we're hit (it's inevitable).  I'm so glad you're with us, and I hope you'll join in the forum. We do have a great time, and I don't think you'll find a more interesting group of pixel pushers anywhere (actually we're everywhere – which is absolutely the best)!

Cheers!

Glenna
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Tess (Tassie D) on April 22, 2008, 06:49:58 PM
Hi Jill and everyone, welcome to the forum. (http://209.85.48.9/867/137/emo/welcomebutterfly.gif)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: mawgwet on April 22, 2008, 07:04:20 PM
I've been enjoying "playing" for awhile with PaintShopPro. I got involved with EONS.COM - Some beautiful art going on there. Anyway, I mentioned I've been doing some restoration for family and friends, and really enjoy it. A member there told me about OPR. -

So glad he did. I'm a natural at helping - my life changed at watching some of the devastation to that area of the country. I've 7 images now, I'm still learning, and hoping to learn more, but mostly I'm hoping that the ones I'm doing are as close to the originals as I can get them. Thanks for the opportunity to help.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: klassylady25 on April 22, 2008, 07:11:01 PM
Ooo another newbie.  Howdy from Oklahoma!!
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: JShimshak on April 24, 2008, 09:59:05 PM
I've been a Graphic Designer for the past 18 years.
I enjoy taking and looking at photos, especially those from "long ago."
Several years ago, I started looking through OLD photo albums from my Grandmother (she's 90 years old). These were photos of her and my Grandfather as young children, as well as my Great and Great-Great grandparents.... very interesting! Some of the photos were well worn, some faded, some ripped, so I decided to put my Photoshop skills to work and start restoring some of those photos. My Grandmother just loved seeing those old photos restored. It really put a smile on her face!

I heard about OPR after the floods in New Orleans. I knew how much my Grandmother loved seeing those old photos of hers restored and I wanted to do that for others as well... so volunteering for OPR was a no-brainer.

Why I contacted OPR to come to Winona, MN.....
In August 2007 floods hit the La Crosse, WI and Winona, MN area pretty hard.
I was watching news coverage one night and they showed a woman standing in a mud-soaked room of her house, digging through debris. She had a box of photos in her arms. Those photos were of her daughter, who had died a year earlier. She said "I lost my daughter last year. These photos were all I had left of her and now they're gone too!"
THAT'S when I knew I had to contact OPR and see if they could help out.

Jeremiah
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Hannie on April 25, 2008, 08:57:29 AM
Welcome  Jeremiah!  I like your story, I hope the lady had some of her daughter's photo restored.

Hannie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: zinger on May 16, 2008, 06:13:02 PM
Welcome y'all! It is nice for me not to be the newest person here any longer.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: callirestoration on August 29, 2008, 03:32:27 PM
 :up2: Thank you Jeremiah for contacting OPR, I to saw the story on TV and it touched my heart. I had heard about some photographers and designers who were helping the Katrina Victims to restore family photos but, I did not know how to contact them. I have been a member of NAPP for several years and never visited the forum, well last week I finally entered one and there I learned about OPR and I immediately went to your site and signed up.

Just a little story: I worked for a Photo Repair shop, my boss wanted to also help the Katrina victims however not for free but a reduced price. I did not feel good about that at all.  I am so glad that I have found OPR so I can help the way I want to help.

Why I like to restore photo's? An elderly gentleman on a fixed income came into the shop to have some old negatives made into pictures. I watched my boss give him a very small discount because he was a senior citizen, But when my boss gave me the negatives to do, he said I want you to restore these photos even though he only paid for them to be copied. When the photos were completed my boss started to proof the pictures with the man, this gentleman of 80 some years started to cry. These negatives were of a camping trip he had took when he was stationed over seas and the buddy he was with did not make it back home. This gentleman's  response to the restored photos bothered my boss so much that he had me finish the proofing. After the man left my boss told me that if this gentleman should come back with more photos to make sure he gets a 50% discount from now on.

Tamara
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Hannie on August 29, 2008, 04:10:42 PM
Hi Tamara, welcome on board the OPR team!
Thanks for joining and sharing your story with us, it was great to read that the elderly gentleman was so moved when he saw the restores.  That makes it all worth it!

Hope to see more postings from you soon!

Hannie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on August 29, 2008, 06:42:25 PM
Hi Tamara

Welcome to OPR!  Your story about the elderly man brought tears to my eyes.  We've certainly come to realize how much people treasure their photos.  And we're all so lucky to be able to give them back some of what they lost.  I hope you'll become a regular on the forum.

Glenna (aka GK – Garrulous Kraken – it's a long OPR story begun by our beloved AussiMax, and I've had a lot of fun with it!  So has he, the rascal!)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Tess (Tassie D) on August 29, 2008, 08:01:15 PM
Hi Tamara, glad you joined us. A beautiful story that helps remind us why we're all here.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on August 29, 2008, 09:06:03 PM
Hi Tamara,

Welcome to OPR and hope you will continue to be a part of the Forum. Your story touched upon why so many of us are passionate about helping restore photos. Some day I hope you have the opportunity to be on one of our copy runs and experience again the wonderful feeling of knowing that you can bring back someones memories. We're glad you joined!

Margie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: recycledhippy on October 11, 2008, 05:38:38 AM
Hi

My joining OPR was brought about by total boredom
For 30 yrs I have had Multiple Sclerosis - over the years it progressed and now I spend most of my time at home
About 9 months ago I started playing with 'Photoshop' and found it helped pass the day, and I enjoyed it.
My problem was finding any work to do at all - I found a British site that restored photos which encouraged to look further
Hence I found OPR
Photo's here are more taxing and therefore help progress my very limited photoshop self taught skills
Tutorials and the helpfull members being a great 'life line' in times of need

Good to be with you

Les (UK)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: old.geezer on October 11, 2008, 09:43:29 AM
This is the kind of site that gives people the chance to actually do something for a world-wide cause.  Bring happiness  they may not, through different circumstances,  be able to participate  in any other way.
I would love to dig a well or build a house, but that just ain't gonna happen, so here I am.

Pete
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on October 11, 2008, 12:08:46 PM
Pete, we are so happy that you are here and you are making a great contribution!

Margie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Johnboy on October 11, 2008, 01:27:21 PM
Quote
I would love to dig a well or build a house, but that just ain't gonna happen, so here I am.

Pete,

My sentiments exactly. Welcome. This is a great place to be.

Johnboy
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: johnalever on February 11, 2010, 11:22:15 PM
Hello, I'm relatively new, having just discovered OPR quite by accident in Jan 2010.  I didn't articulate to myself a reason for being here, but it seemed such a natural way to give back to society.  I can do this, so I do!  I also live in one of the most devastated areas of Katrina, Long Beach MS, on the Gulf Coast.  I didn't know of you then, but I'm grateful for any restorations that you did for my fellow Coast residents.

Thank you for doing this,

John Lever
Long Beach, MS USA
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on February 12, 2010, 02:03:57 AM
John,

We are happy you are here. Katrina is the reason for OPR's existance and it meant so much to be able to give back to those that lost so much. How are things down there? You hear stories of rebuilding in some areas and in others it looks like time just stood still. Do you come across anyone that might still have photos damaged that we could help?

When Dave and Becky first went down to help, they had no idea that OPR would last this long and grow large enough to help other areas hit by disaster. OPR has restored over 6,000 photos and about half of those were from Katrina. All of you hold a special place in our hearts.

Margie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on February 12, 2010, 03:11:33 PM
John, since you're from the Katrina-devastated area, you might be interested in finding - somewhere in the forum - the "Biloxi Beacon."  When a team of which I was a part did a copy run to Biloxi, I kept a journal of sorts to give our volunteers an idea of what we experienced. None of us had any idea of what Dave, Becky and crew dealt with when they did their first collection, so I felt it would allow our members to have more of a feel for the impact of our efforts. Working on the restorations is pure joy for me, but one of the best experiences of my life was being in Biloxi, meeting the citizens of the area and collecting their photos.  It was especially awesome to be able to tell someone that we actually COULD restore their beloved history and witness their happiness.  In fact, I think I'll look it up myself, to relive what a fantastic few days that was. I can't say enough about what a wonderful group worked their butts off during that time.

Cheers!

GK
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: johnalever on February 12, 2010, 07:26:58 PM
Wonderful, Margie and GK.  Thank you so much for doing this for the Gulf Coast.  I am putting the word out on my Facebook page and hopefully someone will come forward with some additional photos.  If I get any, I will contact you to see what to do with them.

Best,

John
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Hannie on February 15, 2010, 08:36:32 AM
John, it would be wonderful if we could restore more photos from that area, I'm sure there are still a lot of people out there that need us.  It is heartbreaking to see those parts of New Orleans that have not been rebuilt.

Hannie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on February 15, 2010, 03:06:00 PM
Hannie & John

When we did the Biloxi run, there were many people who asked if we'd come back. People were leaving with huge plastic tubs full of photos still in need of care because we couldn't take them all.  There's a lot of work to be done.

GK
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Johnos on April 22, 2010, 06:51:54 PM
Hey all,

The main reason that I joined is because I really enjoy restoring photographs. I used to go through my friends photos on Facebook and if I seen an old or damaged one I would offer to restore it. That is where I came across OPR. When I read about the work that was done here I felt that it was a fantastic idea and if I can help in any way at all then im glad to help :up:
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on April 22, 2010, 08:41:51 PM
Hi Johnos,

We are so fortunate that you came to our organization. It sounds sounds like you are hooked on photo restoration, and have we got plenty of photos for you. The best part of what we do is restoring people's memories that might have otherwise been lost forever. Hope we see more of you on the forum.

Margie

P.S. Don't be surprise if the photos in our gallery look better than went you actually get them.  ;)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Hannie on April 23, 2010, 09:21:56 AM
Hi Johnos, a warm welcome to the forum from Amsterdam!
We are happy that you've joined us and hope you'll enjoy your first restore.

Margie did not speak the truth: actually the photos in our gallery look worse than what they really are!  (http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb18/marijtje2/pinocchio1.gif)

Hannie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on April 23, 2010, 12:44:26 PM
That nose isn't nearly as long as it should be! Don't be deceived, John.

Anonymous
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Oldfaded on June 20, 2011, 07:04:03 PM
I sign up to help those who needed special help.
Disasters can be devastating, as long as family gets through fine, its then the photographs. All those memories lost. So heartbreaking. But with this fantastic group, there's now hope, and I'm proud to do my little contribute. :)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: pic-dr on January 26, 2012, 02:30:07 PM
A little over three years ago, I had a crisis. My immediate family had all passed away, and other than my memories, all I had left was my photo album. During a move, it disappeared (fortunately I have since found it) but when I thought it was lost I was devastated.

After that close call, I learned to organize my (now) scanned digital pics, and then found the Gimp, a free photo-editing program, and began to learn how to retouch my pics, and save them in a safe place, so I'd never have to worry about losing them again.

After 3 yrs of teaching myself what I now realize is so little about photo-editing, I discovered this group through a Linked In photography group. Knowing how much my pics mean to me, I immediately decided I'd offer to help out. Then, after seeing some of the work done here, came the harsh reality of finding out just how little I really knew about fixing pictures.

Bottom line (after many failed efforts) I finally finished my first picture, with the help I got from other members, and sent it off to the gallery owner. The satisfaction of knowing someone will again be able to enjoy their 'lost' pic is really super, and I look forward to repairing more of them, and also learning more from the great artists here.

Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of OPR!

Larry (aka pic-dr)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Pat on January 26, 2012, 03:58:23 PM
Larry you have a real heart for the work we do here at OPR.  I love the enthusiasm and spirit you’ve shown while tackling your first photo – the makings of a great OPR volunteer.  You’ll be amazed how fast your skills will grow.  Welcome to the family.  
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: corpusdei on January 26, 2012, 05:47:32 PM
Why am I here?  I gotta say, when I started in on that very first test image, I was asking myself that same question, and I've been mulling it over since.  It can be frustrating, tiresome, at times it seems difficult to near downright impossible, and a week's worth of work for one picture can seem like an awful lot of effort for not a lot of return.  So why do it?  I'm doing this ... well, because I can, really.  It seems a simplistic answer, but that's the long and short of it. 

I'd like to say that it's because of the challenge, and always learning something new.  That's the reason I started fiddling with PS in the first place (and GIMP, and PSP, and Paint.NET and who knows how many others), putting in entries for photoshop contests on fark, and though I put out a lot of bleh (http://bit.ly/AEoSU1 (http://bit.ly/AEoSU1)), I kept at it because I wanted to make things that were somewhat less bleh (http://bit.ly/zLjFNP (http://bit.ly/zLjFNP)).  That was the challenge.

This, though?  I'm doing this because I can.  I'm just a glorified amateur, and nowhere close to being in the league of some of the folks here, but I figure I still do a passable job of it (I hope - I'm still waiting on the QC folks to swoop down on me ;) ).  But the point is - I can do it.  And more important, crucial in fact, this is an opportunity for me to take what skill I have and do more than head swaps and image gags - it's a chance to help, it's a chance to reach out, take someones hurt away and return some happiness in its place.  It's a chance to leave the world a little better than I found it, even if I'm only able to do it one picture at a time.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: pic-dr on January 26, 2012, 07:06:36 PM
Why am I here?  I gotta say, when I started in on that very first test image, I was asking myself that same question, and I've been mulling it over since.  It can be frustrating, tiresome, at times it seems difficult to near downright impossible, and a week's worth of work for one picture can seem like an awful lot of effort for not a lot of return.  So why do it?  I'm doing this ... well, because I can, really.  It seems a simplistic answer, but that's the long and short of it. 

I'd like to say that it's because of the challenge, and always learning something new.  That's the reason I started fiddling with PS in the first place (and GIMP, and PSP, and Paint.NET and who knows how many others), putting in entries for photoshop contests on fark, and though I put out a lot of bleh (http://bit.ly/AEoSU1 (http://bit.ly/AEoSU1)), I kept at it because I wanted to make things that were somewhat less bleh (http://bit.ly/zLjFNP (http://bit.ly/zLjFNP)).  That was the challenge.

This, though?  I'm doing this because I can.  I'm just a glorified amateur, and nowhere close to being in the league of some of the folks here, but I figure I still do a passable job of it (I hope - I'm still waiting on the QC folks to swoop down on me ;) ).  But the point is - I can do it.  And more important, crucial in fact, this is an opportunity for me to take what skill I have and do more than head swaps and image gags - it's a chance to help, it's a chance to reach out, take someones hurt away and return some happiness in its place.  It's a chance to leave the world a little better than I found it, even if I'm only able to do it one picture at a time.

@Corpusdei

A great post, and a great attitude. What more could you ask for?  :up:

And I did check out both of those pics, awesome! Especially the second one!  :wnw:
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: pic-dr on January 26, 2012, 07:09:43 PM
Larry you have a real heart for the work we do here at OPR.  I love the enthusiasm and spirit you’ve shown while tackling your first photo – the makings of a great OPR volunteer.  You’ll be amazed how fast your skills will grow.  Welcome to the family.  

Thank you so much for the kind words and welcome Pat! I'm convinced with the guidance of the amazing people here I'll be fixin' pics left and right before long!  :up:

It is a humbling pleasure to be a part of this community.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: paulboyowhite on May 28, 2013, 06:22:12 AM
The reason I signed up is this.My wife and I recently lost our Daughter to stillbirth.Our only memories are a few photos taken after so we have a face to remember.
I feel more than ever that memories are special and if this helps people then its a no brainer.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Tori803 on May 28, 2013, 08:05:05 AM
So sorry to hear about your daughter. You're right about how precious photos are and it's wonderful to be help people this way.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Pat on May 28, 2013, 08:34:18 AM
Not only will the photos be keepsake reminders of your precious daughter for you and your wife they are something tangible that can be handed down from generation to generation.  She will forever be a familiar identifiable part of your family history.

Pat
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on May 28, 2013, 11:28:53 AM
Paul, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I attended a seminar where one of the speakers was with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. That organization provides free photographs for families of children that have little time left to live. I don't think there was a dry eye in the audience. Within the inner OPR team, several of us did a special request not tied to OPR, to retouch pictures taken of baby that lived only a few minutes after birth. Working on those photos was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. What keep us going was knowing what it meant to the family.

I hope that you and your wife will be blessed with another child and all goes well this next time.

Margie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: paulboyowhite on May 28, 2013, 12:09:25 PM
Thank you for those kind words .Keeping my mind occupied has helped a lot.
My daughter had passed 4 days before birth so Our photos are not that nice to look at.
For my wife and I they are better than none but not something I would want others to see.
when I am ready I will touch up the one I want to use in her memory frame to go with her prints.
This is one restore I cannot try yet
But I will.

Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: glennab on May 28, 2013, 10:52:12 PM
Paul, my heart goes out to you.  What an incredible loss.  I have to tell you that I think it's wonderful for you to have turned some of your grief into helping others who have also suffered tremendous loss.  It speaks of your huge heart and wisdom and also tells me that you'll be a great addition to our OPR family.

I hope you participate in and enjoy the forum.  I'll look to see you there.

Bless
GK
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mike S. on May 29, 2013, 07:29:23 AM
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter to you and your wife, Paul.
I hope your helping others brings you peace.

Thank you for joining OPR.

Mike


Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: susanccr on September 02, 2014, 01:20:23 AM
This thread made me think.  My cousin has been a member of OPR for some time.  Although life prevents her from participating right now, I know she will be back.  She was the one who sent me here.

The truth is that I joined because I know what it's like to lose everything.  I had a house fire in 1997.  I stood on the sidewalk outside my home and had literally nothing.  The smoke and flames destroyed most of it and the water finished the job.

The folks who came and cleaned out my house sifted through the ashes and remains to see if they could salvage anything.  A month later I got a call from the restoration/cleanup folks - they wanted to come to the hotel we were staying in.  I was unaware that they had found some damaged family photographs and sent them to a restorer.  When they handed me a envelope with a few precious photos I burst into tears.  I thought I had lost them all.

I learned two things that day in April over 15 years ago.  (1) If you can replace it with just money, it has no real value.  (2) If you can't replace it with just money, it's worth everything.

I joined to help those in the same situation to replace those things that cannot be replaced with insurance or aid or donations.

It's my way of paying forward.

Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on September 02, 2014, 03:28:49 PM
Susanccr,

I am so sorry for your loss and it's great you were able to save a few precious memories--although not near enough. I think a fire is probably the worst to salvage photos from. Because of your experience you have a true empathy for those going through a disaster. I hope someday you will be able to join us on a copy run as it really seals the deal as to why we do what we do.

Thanks for your beautiful reply and thanks for volunteering.

Margie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: susanccr on September 03, 2014, 01:29:04 AM
Margie, next time there's a copy run in California or within reasonable distance, I'm there.  You know where to find me.  :)
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: timruf on November 25, 2015, 02:11:56 PM
Great Question. I have joined and have not yet done a real restoration, but look forward to it. Up here in Wisconsin our winters can be brutal; day after day of cold and snow and last year I had a bad case of cabin fever. I was stuck indoors with my photography gear and no way I could go out and shoot.

So, I taught myself how to colorize old photos and still do that as a hobby and post on the website shorpy.com. I've been reworking and adjusting photos for a long time and doing photo manipulation for just as long, going back to darkroom days. I still miss the smell of the chemicals and watching a photo come to life in the tray. Anyway, it just seemed a natural to do restoration.

Many years ago I had to quickly move and lost almost all of my childhood photos, save for a couple of birthday photos. That's it. So, I understand what it means to loose your photos. I feel that if I can bring back at least one photo for someone, that's pretty good.

I've been looking for a volunteer opportunity to keep me busy, retirement is not all it's cracked up to be, and this seems to be perfect. I'm looking forward to using what skills I have for good and learning what I will along the way.

Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Pat on November 25, 2015, 03:49:19 PM
Glad to have you join us!  You’ll find restoring photos for those who have lost so much in natural disasters is not only very rewarding but somewhat addictive so it’s good you are retired  :)

Pat
 
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on November 25, 2015, 03:58:34 PM
Timruf, we have plenty of photos to keep you busy through the winter months. Don't hesitate to post your progress or ask for help on the Forum. This is a friendly group of people that like to help and also have fun. Great to have you.

Margie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Marcin on January 30, 2016, 02:47:10 PM
Hello OPR members!
I've read about OPR on Photoshop profile on Google+ and it made me thinking: maybe I should try? I have some Photoshop skills, but am I good enough? I also liked the idea, that I could use my Photoshop skills to help other people. Now, after over 3 years and over 130 restorations I can say, that I like to do it so much, that it became natural for me to check few times a week, if there are some new photos in the galleries. It also has changed my way of looking at the old photos, because I took some family albums to practise :-) Anyway I'm really happy, that I have joined OPR.

Marcin
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Tori803 on January 30, 2016, 07:05:40 PM
Glad to hear it Marcin! Nice to see you on the Forum.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Hannie on January 31, 2016, 04:37:59 AM
A warm welcome to the forum Marcin,  you made the right decision to join OPR.  You have restored quite a few photos already so you will feel right at home here

One word of warning, there are people lurking around at OPR (no names mentioned) and their sole purpose is to muck up photos that were requested by our volunteers.

On the other hand there are friendly volunteers here on the forum that will more than gladly help you out if you get stuck or need an extra pair of eyes.

Hannie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Marcin on January 31, 2016, 09:19:59 AM
Thanks Hannie! I will remember that.

Marcin
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on January 31, 2016, 04:14:13 PM
Marcin, great to hear hear from you and your thoughts before joining and after having a 130+ restorations under your belt, Hope to see more of you on the Forum as it makes things interesting to hear from others and their perspective on the photos they worked. Plus, it helps newcomers feel more at ease to know what to expect and also ways to solve their problems.

Margie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Beth on August 25, 2016, 08:30:07 PM
Along with two others, I run and admin a few pages on Facebook that deal with restoring and/or colorizing aged, damaged photos for our members. These photos are not necessarily damaged from disasters, they are mostly just damaged from age and poor handling over the years.  We do this free of charge and have an open, friendly environment.  We also run another Facebook page where we help people learn how to restore and colorize photos themselves. One of our members posted a link to one of the stories about your group.  What you do here is exactly why we do what we do on our Facebook pages.  We were so excited to see such an organization that we could join and help out with.  We have all jumped on this chance because it fits right in with how we feel about people's memories and helping them preserve the photos that are so precious to them.  It is a passion and an addiction.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Hannie on August 26, 2016, 05:38:24 AM
Hi Beth and a warm welcome from Amsterdam.
Already saw your OPR project in another post and it looks like you will feel right at home here!
Would love to see you Facebook page, sounds like a lot of fun.

Hannie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Beth on August 26, 2016, 10:15:09 AM
I don't want to break any OPR rules by advertising my page. Is it ok to post a link here?
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Hannie on August 26, 2016, 10:44:36 AM
Good question Beth, I don't know!
Will ask around a bit and let you know.

Hannie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Pat on August 26, 2016, 11:04:16 AM
Along with two others, I run and admin a few pages on Facebook that deal with restoring and/or colorizing aged, damaged photos for our members. These photos are not necessarily damaged from disasters, they are mostly just damaged from age and poor handling over the years.  We do this free of charge and have an open, friendly environment.  We also run another Facebook page where we help people learn how to restore and colorize photos themselves. One of our members posted a link to one of the stories about your group.  What you do here is exactly why we do what we do on our Facebook pages.  We were so excited to see such an organization that we could join and help out with.  We have all jumped on this chance because it fits right in with how we feel about people's memories and helping them preserve the photos that are so precious to them.  It is a passion and an addiction.

Beth, that is so interesting!  I'm sure we would all love to see a link to your Facebook just as soon as we know it's okay for you to post the link on our forum.

You are so right about the passion and addiction part and you are going to fit right in around here.  A big welcome from Michigan.  Looking forward to seeing more of you on the forum.

Pat
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Hannie on August 26, 2016, 02:07:31 PM
Beth, I asked around and unfortunately we can't post the Facebook link.  The problem is that we are a registered nonprofit and that would open it others to post about their services and we can't control what goes on. Plus, we are under certain guidelines as a non profit and that means endorsements.

Hope you understand!

Hannie
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: KenStephens on September 28, 2016, 11:29:56 AM
Before the days of Photoshop or digital cameras, my family was hit with an unanticipated flood, and many family photos were destroyed.  In looking at post-flood photos, I see that many of them could have been restored with quick actions at the time (e.g., putting them in water) and today's digital technology.

Having experienced that experience first-hand, it is gratifying to know that I can lessen someone else's grief by restoring family photos.
Title: Re: Why I signed up for OPR...
Post by: Mhayes on September 28, 2016, 02:10:58 PM
Hi Ken,

It is amazing how far we have come and the ability to restore digitally allows us to help in ways we never could before. Hope that you can come on one of our copy runs to meet the people we are helping.

Margie