STEP 1: I was first instructed to use Photoshop elements 5.0 because it was the best program that would be suitable for restoring an old photo to new by using the "editing/enhancing" option.
STEP #4: After about half an hour I was able to remove the remaining crevices in the sky and on both boys' shirts, which I found to generally be a relatively easy task, although equally time-consuming. The part of the photo I was to shift my attention to now was the gravel occupying the bottom half of the photograph. The difficult task of restoring this part of the photo lied in the fact that gravel was a difficult terrain to retouch and still make believable because of the various changes in shade and texture. Therefore in order to make the picture appear to be genuine, I had to select several different pixels to add layers rather than just one area.
At a bit over an hour I was able to fully restore the bottom third of the photo and was simply left with the almost unnoticable deatails of the photo to revitalize. Particularily the small tear you see on the bottom pant leg of the boy in the black shirt. For this task I just had to make sure that I zoomed into the area to the max.
After roughly 15 minutes I was finished all the retouching that was left in the picture which was a generally easy job to do. Overall, I was generally impressed with the result of my work on this photo, as it was my first time ever retouching an aged photo and I had already become accostomed to the process. The only section of the photo that I was not pleased with was my retouching of the foreground (grass); the patterns appeared slightly repetitive due to the fact that I didn't use a wide range of pixels with the stamp tool to create a layer.