Image Restoration Project For Magic Brothers Pt1


I recently had the pleasure of being commissioned to carry out an extensive image restoration to some old photographs that are to be used for a forthcoming album release.

The album is the work of a band named Magic Brothers, who are Daniel and Nick Woodgate. Some of you may recognise the name Daniel Woodgate AKA Woody from pop ska legends Madness.

The Meeting

I was contacted by Paul Smart, a member of their management team and asked to attend a meeting where I would meet Woody and Nick to discuss the image restoration process and view the original photos that had been chosen.

The meeting was a relaxed affair where Woody and Nick showed me the photos they wanted digitally restored and explained that they were to be used for the CD cover and the inner booklet as well as the LP cover and the groups website.

Woody and Nick explained to me that their father was a professional photographer named Crispian Woodgate who had shot many famous stars from the world of music and film. As well as this, there was a large personal collection from where Woody and Nick had made their selection.

The Project Starts

They had chosen three black and white images of themselves, one of Nick, one of woody and one of them together. The photos of Nick and the two of them would need a moderate amount of image restoration. This would mainly be removing small creases, scratches and a general enhancement of the images. The section of the restored image of the two of them together can  be seen at the top of this blog and on the bands homepage,

It was the photo of Woody that threw up the biggest challenge to me as the original photo was in a pretty bad state. There were rips, tears, scratches and parts completely missing. Also at some point the photo had got wet and it looked as though someone had tried to wipe the print dry. This resulted with part of the prints emulsion being  badly affected and unfortunately it was in a very prominent part of the image.

The damaged area was across the woolly jumper that Woody was wearing and initially I was concerned that there was only a certain amount of improvement that could be made. This bearing in mind that the image was to be part of the albums artwork. It was then that I realised that Woody was wearing the same jumper in in a separate image. After a time doing some testing I was able to use different parts of the jumper from the second image and superimpose them onto the original and with some careful blending, I was able to achieve a much better result than ever could have been achieved from just using the original photo.

The Magic Brothers album is entitled “The Magic Line” and will be released on September 16 2013, I am proud to say my image restoration work will be featured throughout.

This was just the first stage of the works I have carried out on this project. I will tell you more soon.


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