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PhotoKlassik Academy – Scanning and Hybrid Processing

February 24th, 2020 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, HowTo, News, Photography, Processing, Tips and Tutorials

One-day workshop on Saturday February 29th in Bad Nauheim, Germany. This PhotoKlassik Academy workshop “Hybrid Processing” is aimed at photographers who want to digitally process analog film material or who want to convert digitally captured images into analog negatives or positives. The strategies for long-term digital archiving of analog image materials will also be covered.

Content of the workshop – theory and practice – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Overview of different scanner types and software
  • Digitization using a digital camera
  • Scanning with specialized film scanners (Plustek small picture and middle format, Heidelberg drum scanner)
  • File formats for negatives, slides, b/w and color films and glass plates
  • Resolution and color depth
  • Color management, ICC profiles and more
  • SilverFast and the HDRi RAW raw data concept
  • Organization, data backup and archiving
  • Post processing
  • Production of analog negatives from digital files
  • Pigment printing as an alternative to analog printing

More info on the workshop and subscription
here on www.eventbrite.de (German)

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The most accurate IT8 scanner calibration ever!

January 30th, 2020 · analogue photography, News, Photography Business, SilverFast

ISO committee approves new target layouts for scanner calibration – Fogra confirms conformity of new Advanced Targets from LaserSoft Imaging.

A scanner calibration according to the IT8 standard is important for measuring the individual color vision behavior of a scanner and for creating a color profile for this device. With the revision of its standard, the ISO is responding to the new requirements that have arisen from digital printing. The “Advanced IT8 Targets” from LaserSoft Imaging according to ISO standard 12641-2 – with more measuring fields for more accuracy – are now available at an introductory price.

You can currently purchase the Advanced Targets with an introductory discount of 10% through our Online Store.

Read the complete press release here or find out more about our “Advanced Targets” on our website for scanner calibration.

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24 Days special Offers & Surprises

December 2nd, 2019 · Humour, News, PrinTao 8, Scanner, SilverFast

We have a special gift for you this Holiday Season! As we count down the days to Christmas, we would like to share with you our SilverFast Advent Calendar to help fill your holidays with cheer! In our Calendar, you will find surprise discounts and special offers occurring every day during the 24 days of Advent. You can find our special calendar here

Beginning on December 1st, a new Advent Calendar window will be opened each day, revealing all sorts of great bargains! But please note: Each individual offer is only valid on the specific day that the window is to be opened. So remember to visit us regularly and take advantage of our unique offers and discounts on IT8 targets, scanner software and more.

Check out our SilverFast Advent Calendar 2019


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SilverFast at the FOTOEXPO.CZ in Prague

October 23rd, 2019 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Photography, Photography Business, SilverFast

On Saturday, the largest Czech photo exhibition FOTOEXPO.CZ took place in Prague. The Czech photographer Petr Šálek – an advanced user of our SilverFast software, who has also given several workshops on “Scanning with SilverFast” in the past – led the SilverFast booth. Together with his two assistants he convinced many photo enthusiastic fair visitors of the benefits of our SilverFast scanner software.

The well-attended trade fair was an ideal opportunity to address the issue of “setting up a digital image archive” and to point out the need to digitize analog image material. The pictures on the right show some impressions from the FOTOEXPO.CZ 2019.

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PhotoKlassik Akademie – Film Noir Workshop & Analog Today Workshop

September 23rd, 2019 · analogue photography, HowTo, News, Photography, Photography Business, SilverFast

Workshop 1: Film Noir

PhotoKlassik Akademie: Film Noir Workshop from November 9th to 10th in Bad Nauheim, Germany. In this workshop, the tutors Marwan El-Mozayen and Andreas Waldeck intend to introduce the participants to the basics and typical elements of the Film Noir genre in theory and practice. Subsequently, the developed films will be scanned using SilverFast. (The workshop will be held in German language.)

Film Noir Workshop from November 9th to 10th(Click to enlarge)

Contents of the workshop

  • Part 1: Theoretical aspects, i.a.
    • Basics of the Film Noir genre
    • Development of a shooting plan
    • Location Scouting
    • Lighting, exposure measurement
    • Suitable film materials
  • Part 2: Photo shooting
    • Construction and calibration of lighting technology
    • Shooting with professional models
  • Part 3: Development & digitization
    • Development of the exposed B/W films
    • Enlargement to high-quality papers using the splitgrade method
    • Digitization of the film with SilverFast

Further information and registration for the workshop can be found here on www.eventbrite.de (German). Using coupon code « SilverFast10 » you get 10% discount on the participation fee.


Workshop 2: Analog Today – Workshop for creative professionals

PhotoKlassik Akademie: Analog Today – Workshop for creative professionals from November 22nd to 24th in Bad Nauheim, Germany. In this 3-day workshop the participants will experience that analog photography and analog film are more alive than ever in the area of professional productions. The economic benefits compared to digital productions will be shown, there will be a photo shooting as well as a film shooting. Afterwards, the material taken will be developed and digitized. High-end drum scanners and SilverFast software will be used for the photographs. (The workshop will be held in German language.)

Workshop for creative professionals from November 22nd to 24th(Click to enlarge)

Contents of the workshop

  • Day 1 – Introduction
    • Theoretical basics of professional analog productions
    • Examination of economic aspects
    • Consideration of individual requirements and needs
  • Day 2 – Fashion shooting and film shooting on location
    • Fashion shooting incl. models
    • Film shooting
    • including costumes, props, make-up artist and hairdresser
  • Day 3 – Development and evaluation
    • Development of the film material
    • Post-processing and optimization of the material
    • Digitization with drum scanners and SilverFast

Further information and registration for the workshop can be found here on www.eventbrite.de (German). Using coupon code « SilverFast10 » you get 10% discount on the participation fee.


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Analog Wins – The Top 50 are determined!

September 12th, 2019 · analogue photography, Distraction, News, Photography, SilverFast

Photo competition with prizes worth over 5,000 EUR

„Analog Wins – the best out of 100 years of analog photography“, numerous participants submitted their photographs to this slogan. The voting for the best images is now over and the top 50 images are determined.

Analog Wins – One of the Top 50 Images(Please click to enlarge)

These 50 best images will soon be reviewed by a jury of experts, who then select the 20 overall winning images. On October 19th, 2019, the winners of the competition will be presented at the fotoforum Impulse in Cloppenburg, Germany. In near future, all participants will also be informed by email about the outcome of the photo contest and any won prize.

Take a look at the 50 best images chosen by the participants:

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DON’T STOP THE DANCE – Our Book Winners

April 24th, 2019 · analogue photography, Distraction, News, Photography, Photography Books, SilverFast

Congratulations to all winners of our “DON’T STOP THE DANCE” book raffle. The participation was possible through our SilverFast Newsletter.

Here are our winners:

  • JC Candanedo, London
  • Harald Radener, Düsseldorf
  • Jim Maire, Salt Lake City
  • Hardy Küsters, Wiehl
  • Gerald Lopez, Auckland

The books have already been shipped and should arrive within the next few days.

Please have fun with your books. Best wishes from your LaserSoft Imaging Team

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LaserSoft Imaging presents “Analog gewinnt” (Analog wins)

April 18th, 2019 · analogue photography, Distraction, News, Photography, SilverFast

Photo competition with prizes worth over 5,000 EUR

“Analog wins – the best out of 100 years of analog photography”. This is the title of the first photo competition organized by the long-time partner companies of LaserSoft Imaging and Plustek. A special requirement is the following: All submitted photos must have been taken with an analog camera.

Analog gewinnt – Photo by Frank Doorhof(Please click to enlarge)

For decades, analog photography was the only way to capture experiences in pictures. To give these valuable witnesses of contemporary history a platform, the photo contest was launched. Amateurs, enthusiasts and professional photographers alike should feel addressed to participate. We hope to a obtain an impressive variety of motifs giving a comprehensive review over the past 100 years of analog photography.

We have many great prizes for you:

  • 1x Plustek OpticFilm OF120 Pro from Plustek and SilverFast Archive Suite Software incl. IT8 Target from LaserSoft Imaging
  • 1x Certo 400 with umbrella reflector, tripod for umbrella and lamp from Hensel Performing Light
  • 1x SilverFast Ai Studio 8 Scanner Software for a scanner of your choice) incl. Advanced IT8 Target from LaserSoft Imaging
  • 1x Stativ Velbon Ultra TR 663D from Technikdirekt.de
  • 1x Shopping voucher worth 250,- EUR from Calumet
  • and much more

Let’s go – show us your best pictures. Discover and rate the pictures of the other participants. Further information about the photo competition, the conditions of participation and all pictures can be found at: www.analog-foto-wettbewerb.de (German)

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PhotoKlassik Akademie – High-End Scan & Color Management

March 19th, 2019 · analogue photography, HowTo, News, Photography, Processing, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

One day workshop with Brian Aderer from Hudson Grafik Services, Sat April 13th in Bad Nauheim, Germany. Are you looking for perfect and consistent results in terms of resolution, tonal representation and shadow performance when scanning analog photographies? Have you ever thought of getting your hand on a high-end drum scanner? Here‘s your chance. A Heidelberg Primescan D7100 will be present for this workshop, but everything covered is applicable to all drum and flatbed scanners. This workshop will introduce techniques for bringing lab quality results to your workflow, regardless of your current equipment.

Goals of the Workshop: You will learn how to apply universal color management workflows using SilverFast software. For experienced drum scanner operators this workshop is a opportunity to discuss and tweak their workflows with the experts.

Theory & Exercise – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. o’clock CET

  • Color Management theory for scan operators
  • Scanner profiling with IT8 & HCT targets
  • SilverFast & ScanOpen
  • RGB & LAB RAW workflow for slide, color negative and black & white film

Workflow & Best Practise – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. o’clock CET

  • Resolution and Aperture
  • Descreening
  • Mastering Color Negative and Black & White
  • Tech-Talk with the experts

Target Audience & Trainer: This Workshop is aimed at any photographer searching for a maximum quality and accuracy when digitizing analog photographies. You will get into contact with the power of high-end drum scanning. The workshop will be held by Brian Aderer, an U.S.-based photographer holding a BFA in Photography from The Art Institute Boston. Brian has achieved a full understanding of the drum scanning processes and nowadays he travels the world rescuing Heidelberg drum scanners as a full-time job.


More info on the workshop and subscription here on www.eventbrite.de

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No Shipping Costs and new supported Scanners

March 14th, 2019 · News

Order until March 21, 2019 and enjoy free shipping worldwide for all SilverFast products. (Scanners are shipped only within the European Union.)

In addition, SilverFast from version 8.8.0r15 now supports three new scanners: the DigitDia 7000 from Reflecta, the PowerSlide X from PIE and the SlideScan 7000 from Braun. As of now, SilverFast 8 is available for these three magazine scanners.

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