Sent in by a video editor:
For my current project about my Aunt xxxx [1907-2007], I scanned over 700 old photos to jpg with rather high resolution, typically 2736×1776 to 6214×4499. Other images sent by family are smaller (720×480). I’m now asking some libraries for archival photo images. I’ve never incorporated photos into my videos before, so there is a world of basic info I don’t know.
1. What resolutions or other specs should I request?
2. Where’s a good place to look for basic info about how to size photo images appropriately?
3. [How do I] clean up damage and spots and adjust the images? iPhoto and FCP don’t seem adequate. Do I have to buy and master Photoshop? Is there a good basic photo editor that I could use?