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Quicktip: Scanning Old, faded color slides

March 1st, 2011 · No Comments · analogue photography, HowTo, News, Quicktips, Scanner, Tips and Tutorials

Film emulsions are in constant change, even after they have been developed and fixed. Humidity, temperature, light, etc keep changing film and pictures start to fade or change. These changes plus scratches and dust particles deteriorate the image and film emulsion. SilverFast was conceived with this type of images and users in mind. With assistance of fully automatic or […]

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Quicktip: Why and how to IT8 calibrate the scanner (part II)

July 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments · analogue photography, Digital Photography, HowTo, Photography, Processing, Quicktips, Scanner, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

On part I of the article, I mentioned a couple of reasons why IT8 calibration is important for the digitizing process. The manual calibration using SilverFast and third party IT8 targets was also explained. Now the easiest part Automatic IT8 calibration using LaserSoft Imaging IT8 calibration targets and its patented technology. This process is very […]

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Quicktip: Why and how to IT8 calibrate the scanner (part I)

June 23rd, 2010 · 42 Comments · analogue photography, Digital Photography, HowTo, News, Photography, Quicktips, Scanner, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Although Color Management is a very extent topic, I will briefly mention three good reasons for an IT8 calibration: Color reproduction accuracy Scanner aging. Construction parts age and with it the way these devices “see” things. These changes are reflected in light color inaccuracies which can be corrected by generating new color profiles for the […]

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Quicktip: Using high resolution preview to your advantage.

May 21st, 2010 · 7 Comments · analogue photography, Digital Photography, HowTo, Photography, Quicktips, Scanner, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

SilverFast (and most scanning applications) perform prescans in a low or very low resolution. The reason for this is to “save time”. While that is a good argument. The drawback of quick (slo-res) prescans is, that the image you are using for corrections and adjustments does not correspond 100% neither to the details of the […]

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Auto-Sharpening function USM for SilverFast HDR and DC is now aligned to the scanner

December 25th, 2009 · No Comments · HDR, News, Processing, Scanner, SilverFast

The human perception is aligned to the recognition of edges and lines. So the sharpness impression of photos can be increased by contrast rise of small brightness changes. Conventional sharpening functions often increase the detail contrast of the complete image in general and therefore strengthen also any image interference of the original, details get lost. […]

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The automatic Hot-Folder system for effective image processing

December 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · HDR, News, Processing, Scanner, SilverFast

Image processing is easier and quicker then it ever was before! With the new SilverFast Hot-Folder feature, which is available as an add-on to the SilverFast HDR Studio and DCPro Studio versions, automatic adjustments to the entire series of images is easy. The Hot-Folder principle The images to be processed are stored in different input folders, […]

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The SilverFast HDRi RAW data format with infrared channel

September 9th, 2009 · No Comments · HDR, News, Photography, Processing, Scanner, SilverFast

NEW: The SilverFast HDRi RAW data format with infrared channel The SilverFast HDRi RAW data format uses 64bit HDRi color files (and 32bit grayscale files respectively), that contain all readable image information. This includes the information of the infrared channel, which’s data can be used for image optimization, e.g. for dust and scratch removal. Hence, […]

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SilverFast Multi-Exposure (Dynamic Range)

September 7th, 2009 · No Comments · analogue photography, Photography, Scanner, SilverFast

IMPROVED: SilverFast Multi-Exposure (Dynamic Range) Using Multi-Exposure the original gets scanned serveral time, but with different exposure times. By taking these single scans into account the software calculates the final HDR-Scan. This technique increases the scanner’s effective dynamic range (contrast spread) considerably, saving details especially in the light and shadow areas of an image. The […]

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The SilverFast Kodachrome Workflow

September 5th, 2009 · No Comments · analogue photography, Photography, Scanner, SilverFast

IMPROVED: The SilverFast Kodachrome Workflow Kodachrome slides are very challenging to scan – but not with SilverFast. The usual bluecast is omitted by using Kodachrome ICC profiles and by calibrating the scanner with a new developed SilverFast Kodachrome IT8 target. Multi-Exposure increases the scanner’s dynamic range to prevent any details from getting lost and the […]

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The SilverFast Archive Suite

September 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · HDR, Photography, Scanner, SilverFast

NEW: The SilverFast Archive Suite The SilverFast Archive Suite was designed for archiving slides and photos in a quick and straightforward way. Available as beginner and professional version, the Archive Suite combines the functionalities of SilverFast scanner software and SilverFast HDR image processing software with an integrated color management system in one package. Multi-Exposure, IT8 […]

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