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Hotrod Shooting – 300 Megapixel – Analog vs Digital

February 13th, 2017 · News

Markus Hofstaetter has photographed a hotrod in a customer’s order – digital and also analog.

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Markus Hofstaetter, award-winning professional photographer from Austria, gets a very special task from a customer: He is supposed to photograph the customer’s hotrod, an old and specially converted American car, in the highest possible resolution for a huge printout. The customer’s dog should sit on the fender. Not an easy task.

For this challenge Hofstaetter decides to need a resolution of about 300 megapixels. Therefore, on the one hand he puts together a 24-part panoramic image with his digital camera and on the other hand he shoots an analog image with his large format camera. Both images were presented to the customer for decision.

Markus Hofstaetter: « I’m so happy that the customer chose the Analog version, it fits so much better to the car. I’m pretty sure, that this cars were shot with large format cameras too back then. »

You can find the complete blog entry and further images here at Markus Hofstaetter’s blog.


This shows that analog photography is still useful today in the digital age. There are countless slides and film strips, which are still lying on roofs and in slide magazines or shoeboxes and are waiting to get digitized and, if necessary, optimized by retouching. and the usage of analog cameras is increasing. In order to address this trend, Kodak is even reviving the popular Ektachrome film due to many customer requests.

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New Epson Expression 12000 XL

February 1st, 2017 · News

SilverFast and Epson Expression 12000 XL: New large-format scanner for highest quality demands

The new Expression 12000XL keeps up the strengths of its predecessor; its high resolution, the manual and automatic focus and the optional transparency unit make it a hiqh quality scanner not only for your photos, but also for slides, 35mm film strips and larger film formats. You’ll benefit from the scanner’s full potential with the bundled SilverFast Ai IT8 software with automatic color calibration.

The packaged SilverFast software as usual offers a scope of functions that you’ll need for the digitization of your images, like histogram, gradation curve, color cast removal with up to 4 neutral points, dust and scratch removal and various color correction tools.

For the quick and efficient digitization of your images with our raw data concept, we recommend to upgrade to SilverFast Archive Suite.

The Epson Expression 12000XL with SilverFast Ai IT8 and LaserSoft Imaging IT8 charts will soon be available on the market.

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SilverFast now supports 4K monitors!

October 10th, 2016 · News, SilverFast

SilverFast now supports 4K monitors! – Starting with 8.8.0r6, SilverFast supports 4K monitors. The user interface is displayed correctly from this version on for the typical Ultra HD (UHD) resolutions of 4K monitors.

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SilverFast 8.8 supports macOS Sierra

September 28th, 2016 · News, OSX, SilverFast

SilverFast 8.8 supports macOS Sierra (10.12) – SilverFast 8.8 scanner and HDR software runs natively on Intel Mac systems from version OS X 10.7 (including macOS Sierra). With the release of version 8.8, the SilverFast System Requirements have been changed, 32 bit operating system support has been discontinued.

Here you find a list of all supported scanners.

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Visit us at photokina

September 14th, 2016 · News, Photography, Photography Business

The photokina fair, world leading fair for photo, video and the imaging branch as such takes place in Cologne from 20th to 25th September. Discover innovations and trends around the image from 10am to 6pm.

As partner at the Epson stand, LaserSoft Imaging presents its SilverFast Archive Suite: a flexible and safe to use complete solution for the digitization of photos, slides and filmstrips which doesn’t require any further processing in Photoshop.


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Over time, analog pictures lose quality and color; they even are at risk of fungal attacks (cf. Picture). As partner at the Epson stand, LaserSoft Imaging thus presents its SilverFast Archive Suite: a flexible and safe to use complete solution for the digitization of slides, filmstrips and photos which doesn’t require any further processing in Photoshop.

Bye, bye dust and scratches: SilverFast SRDx and Clone-Tool form a strong team against any type of defect. Dust, scratches and fingerprints present no difficulty to the combination of automatic and manual correction. SRDx thus is the ideal solution for all images for which the infrared-based dust and scratch removal is not available – even for images that have been scanned already without infrared-based correction.

Come and visit us at the Epson stand (hall 02.2, stand B011 & C012) at photokina 2016. We are looking forward to present to you our solution in the areas of scanning, processing and printing.

For more information on our trade fair presentations and demonstrations, please visit our photokina website.

We are looking forward to meet you!
Your LaserSoft Imaging Team

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PrinTao 8 for EPSON SureColor SC-P Series

August 16th, 2016 · News, Photography Business, PrinTao 8, Printing

PrinTao 8 supports new EPSON SureColor Large Format Printers:

24″ Printers: SC-P6000 and SC-P7000 (LLK)
44″ Printers: SC-P8000 and SC-P9000 (LLK)


With the new SureColor SC-P series Epson introduces four large format printers, which feature printing widths of 24″ or 44″ and are therefore optimally suited for the professional use in the fields of Fine Art, Photo and Proofing. A particular advantage is their ability to accurately reproduce a very large color space. The SC-P6000 and the SC-P8000 are using the Epson UltraChrome HD ink with eight colors, while the models SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 are using UltraChrome HDx ink with ten colors. The UltraChrome HD inks and the Epson PrecisionCore printhead guarantee consistent and high-quality durable prints that cover up to 98% of the Pantone color space.

PrinTao 8 – the Mac OS X printing solution that guarantees maximum print quality, while offering highly efficent handling and ease of use. PrinTao 8 takes over color management and all printer driver settings, allowing you to concentrate entirely on your images.

For more information on PrinTao 8, just click here.

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Scanning Color Negative Film – A Tutorial by Sebastian Schlüter

August 4th, 2016 · HowTo, News, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Scanning Color Negative Film with SilverFast Ai Studio 8 and Adobe Lightroom

Sebastian Schlüter is a photography artist, who’s work can be described as a personal record of his observations. He would even call it an extension or a diversified document of all his encounters. His creative tool is photography, Sebastian’s style is pure, honest and calm. While he uses both digital and film cameras Sebastian has a preference for the subtle and simple style of film photography. SilverFast is his choice to transfer his analog images to the digital world.

He has now published an article about getting started with scanning color negative film: Video Tutorial: Scanning Color Negative Film. Sebastian introduces SilverFast’s NegaFix, Global Color Correction and Gradation tools. He also covers the basic settings and the challenges that come with scanning color negative film.

Sebastian Schlüter: « Make you own scans, your own interpretations, give the scans your artistic voice. That is what makes home scanning so fascinating. »

Visit Sebastian’s Website and check out many other great Scanning Tutorials.

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SilverFast-Workshops auf dem Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel 2016

May 31st, 2016 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, HowTo, Photography Business, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Im Rahmen des Fotogipfels bietet der Fotograf und Produktmanager von LaserSoft Imaging Jan-Willem Rossée an zwei Terminen einen Workshop zum Thema “Einführung in das verlustfreie und zeitsparende Scannen anspruchsvoller Vorlagen” an. Melden Sie sich jetzt an, die Teilnehmerplätze sind limitiert.

Vom 09. – 14. Juni 2015 findet in Deutschlands südlichster Gemeinde Oberstdorf der 4. Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel statt. Das Angebot des Events, mit dem diesjährigen Thema “Mensch”, umfasst nahezu die komplette Bandbreite der Fotografie und richtet sich sowohl an Hobbyfotografen, die ihr Können verbessern, aber auch an Profis, die sich weiterentwickeln möchten.

Jan-Willem RosséeEinführung in das verlustfreie und zeitsparende Scannen anspruchsvoller Vorlagen. Nach einer kurzen anschaulichen Einführung in das wichtige Thema Farbmanagement wird anhand einfacher praktischer Übungen gezeigt, wie mit SilverFast und dem Epson® V850 Pro Scanner Dias oder Negative zeitsparend gescannt und gespeichert werden sollten, um diese anschließend im optimalen Farbraum verlustfrei zu archivieren oder an die Bildbearbeitungs-Software zu übergeben. Mehr Informationen zu den Workshops finden Sie hier.

  • Termine
  • Montag, den 13.06.16 / 09.00 – 18.00 Uhr
  • Dienstag, den 14.06.16 / 09.00 – 18.00 Uhr
  • Treffpunkt: 09:00 Uhr, Foyer Oberstdorf Haus
  • Kosten: 149,- €
  • Teilnehmerzahl: max.10 Teilnehmer
  • Um rechtzeitige Anmeldung wird gebeten: Anmeldung hier

 

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PROFIFOTO – Archiving for the Future

April 7th, 2016 · Reviews, SilverFast

SilverFast – Archiving for the Future

The quality analog originals is getting worse over time. Even under optimal storage conditions the ravages of time destroys slides, negatives and photos. Thus, there is an urgent need for action. PROFIFOTO, a German photo magazine, introduces an effective way to to save the photographic media – the SilverFast Archive Suite.

The SilverFast Archive Suite is a comprehensive solution for creating digital image archives. Scanner software, image processing software, scanner calibration and an integrated color management – all in one package. Suitable for professionals and beginners alike.

The PROFIFOTO magazine introduces the Archive Suite to the reader and explains some of SilverFast’s manifold features. The patented Multi-Exposure, which increases the Dynamic Range when scanning film media, iSRD and SRDx for removing dust and scratches and the WorkflowPilot as a step-by-step assistant. Furthermore, the concept of 64bit HDRi RAW data is illustrated – scan today, process tomorrow.

PROFIFOTO: « No compromise on Scanning: The combination of 64bit HDRi data format and SilverFast Multi-Exposure fully taps the power of the scanner and the potential of the image original and provides an excellent data base – also for future applications. […] In terms of quality and productivity, nobody puts something across the Archive Suite. »

You can find the complete article in the current PROFIFOTO issue (#4, April 2016).

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LaserSoft Imaging at the CeBIT – Daily Demonstrations<

March 7th, 2016 · News, Photography Business, SilverFast

LaserSoft Imaging at the CeBIT – Daily Demonstrations

From March 14th to March 18th this year‘s CeBIT trade fair will take place in Hannover, Germany. Of cause, LaserSoft Imaging AG will be present for showing a wide range of applications and solutions.

As in many previous years, we will present not only hardware and software but also complete solutions for concrete problems in cooperation with our partners. We will be at the Epson booth (Hall 7, A39) to inform you about special solutions in the area of ID card creation, Medical Scanning and Cultural Heritage. For example, we will demonstrate, why the use of specialized hardware and software is necessary for printing ID cards.

Our main booth is located on the community area of​the Schleswig-Holstein booth (Hall 5, D34). Here we present the SilverFast Archive Suite and solutions for Medical Scanning and Cultural Heritage. Visit our live demonstrations and learn how to quickly create a high-quality digital archive of analog image and object originals, how to revive old photographies and learn about the secrets of image quality.

More info, free tickets and demonstration schedule.

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