The Nikonians are a large online community of Nikon users. Jason and Rick, the Nikonians’ “Image Doctors”, regularly podcast every two weeks on topics around imaging and photography since the end of 2005. In podcast number 105 they feature a thirty minutes interview with Gerhard Wolff of LaserSoft Imaging. They are talking about the changes that scanners and scanner software SilverFast have made during the last years.
Jason and Rick have gained scanning experience over the years, for example using the Nikon LS 4000ED and the LS 9000ED, but they are new to SilverFast. They are surprised about the easy handling and the outstanding results in color trueness and detail richness. The software has changed with the scanners. But Gerhard Wolff also describes, that many features, that were developed during the last years, were especially developed for some older scanner models.
The Image Doctors especially commend the QuickTime movies which are embedded into the software and the ScanPilot, which guides the user through the important SilverFast functions in the correct order, for allowing a quick familiarization with SilverFast. The automatic IT8 calibration gets addressed as well as the Multi-Exposure function for increasing the dynamic range and Gerhard Wolff explains the difference to Multi-Sampling. They agree, that the functionality range of dust and scratch removal tool iSRD is far superior to the better known ICE and is even applicable to challenging film material like Kodachrome. Finally Mr. Wolff introduces the new HDRi workflow, which splits scanning and post processing in two steps that can be executed independently; both include batch processing.
Listen to the full length podcast here. (mp4 format, 14.1 MB)
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