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Developing a new book or even a book series is a lengthy process. Of course, personal preference plays an important role in the choice of subject matter. Equally important is the availability of suitable photographic material of the subject. Once the subject is determined, coming up with a working title comes into the picture. Usually the working title stays and is used as the final book title. The next step is to develop a logo for the book. In almost all cases the logo will be the title bearer of the new book or series. Often the choice is made to design the cover first. It provides a form of hold for the book and gives an idea of the character of the new book.
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Many photos and especially the older ones often need much more than removing a dust or occasional scratch. Sometimes parts are missing or the photo, negative or slide is seriously soiled. In that case, only meticulous recovery remains. This work requires a lot of time and attention. An additional dilemma is the question of what the real colours should be, often this can no longer be determined. If the result of a restoration is a fine result in the end, the effort has been worth the time.
Original , before restoration:
The final result after restoration:
Do you have damaged old photographs that are worthwhile or of great importance to you personally? Ask about the possibilities of mbmcargotech in this area.
nb. Please note that not everything can be repaired and in addition, the character of the original must be preserved.
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Mbmcargotech books can contain both digital and analogue photos. The photos that are taken nowadays are all captured with professional cameras. The recordings are only made in RAW to be able to use the optimal quality. The editing of the digital images is done with Adobe products, the world standard in image editing.
The selection of photos is done using Adobe Bridge. In this image browser you can easily switch between the different folders in the mbmcargotech file structure. Once the image has been selected, it can be switched seamlessly with the first editstroke in Camera RAW.
In camera RAW, the white balance in particular is set and/or corrected. The white balance refers to the color reproduction. In the mbmbcargotech books, the aim is to achieve a natural reproduction of the photos.
In addition to the color reproduction, in Camera RAW the lens corrections are made digitally and, where necessary, the noise (grainy image) is reduced as far as possible.
Adobe Camera RAW
Photoshop is used as the last step in image editing. Here, the crop and small corrections such as removing a pole are determined and implemented. One of the most important things is repairing image imperfections such as scratches and dust. This is of the utmost importance, especially with digitized analog photos.
Finally, size and resolution are adjusted to the boundary conditions necessary for publication in a book.
With digital photography, no scans or other intermediate steps need to be made. The images can be edited directly after being transferred from camera to PC. With analogue photos, these things are clearly different. The slide or negative must first be scanned (digitized) before they can be edited in Photoshop, for example. The scanning itself is a secure job, besides that the quality of the used hardware is very important. Mbmcargotech has gained a lot of experience with this over the years. One of the conclusions was the necessary switch to professional Silverfast scan software. The combination of scanner and this software makes it possible to get the most out of the old negatives and slides.
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Although in the mbmcargotech truck & transport books the picture prevails, the accompanying text also gets a lot of attention. For substantiation and correct display of for example technical data mbmbcargotech has a very extensive archive. Every piece of information can be substantiated with supporting archive material.
Of course the archive contains folder material of all common but also less known commercial vehicle manufacturers. The oldest folder material dates from the sixties, of course it is up to date to the present day.
In addition to the commercial vehicle manufacturers, manufacturers and suppliers of towed equipment, bodywork, maintenance and accessories are also fully available for consultation.
Composing a book on the subject of road transport without background information from transport companies is difficult. Also in this area mbmcargotech has a large number of brochures from domestic and foreign transport companies in its archive.
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The quality of a photo is determined by subject, composition and colour reproduction. A careful selection of the photos to be used speaks for itself. In addition, every mbmcargotech photo, whether analogue (negative, slide) or digital, is edited for the optimal result.
Below the unedited photo:
Although these operations take a lot of time, a photo book stands or falls with the quality of the images. A book published by mbmcargotech belongs in this respect to the top of the worldwide published truck and transport books.
Below some of the defects