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Visit us at Photokina Trade Fair 2018

September 14th, 2018 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Photography Business, PrinTao 8, Printing, Scanner, SilverFast

The photokina fair, world leading fair for photo, video and the imaging branch as such takes place in Cologne from 26th to 29th September. Discover trends and innovations in the world of photography from 10am to 6pm (to 9pm on friday).

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September, 26th – 29th, 2018
daily 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 10:00 – 21:00

Exhibition Centre, Cologne-Deutz
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln

1.000 suppliers – 200.000 visitors from more than 130 countries – the photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photographic and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

LaserSoft Imaging will again be represented at the trade fair this year together with its partners Epson and Plustek. Immerse yourself in the world of photography and experience the latest developments in the digitization of analog image data. For this we will introduce our revised version of the SilverFast Archive Suite. See yourself how effortless, easy and safely you can create brilliant Fine Art Prints and Large Format Prints using our PrinTao 8 large format printing solution.


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Scanning: SilverFast Archive Suite

Over time, analog images lose quality and color; they fade and they even are at risk of fungal attacks (cf. Picture). LaserSoft Imaging thus presents its new SilverFast Archive Suite: a flexible and safe to use complete solution of scanner and image processing software for the digitization of slides, filmstrips and photos which doesn’t require any further processing in Photoshop. The ingenious RAW data concept, which is the clue of our SilverFast Archive Suite, enables thousands of analog images to be digitized in a very short time.

Printing: PrinTao 8

PrinTao 8 is THE printing solution numerous for Large Format Printers – professional results, yet easy and intuitive to use. PrinTao 8 contains ICC Profiles for the most important papers of many renowned manufacturers – for color consistent printing.

Come and visit us!

Visit us at the Epson stand (Hall 2.2, Booth B021) and at Plustek (Hall 2.1, Booth E011). We look forward to introduce consumer and business solutions in the areas of scanning, image processing and printing to you.

If you are still looking for a ticket, you may register here to receive a voucher for a free day pass (as long as supplies last).

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Jonathan Notley has released two new videos on youtube

August 10th, 2018 · HowTo, News, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials, Video

UK Photographer Notley introduces his SilverFast workflows for scanning negatives and black-and-white film

Youtube: How to Scan Black-and-White Film (ft. Silverfast 8.8)

Jonathan Notley: « Scanning black and white film might seem easier (because you don’t have to worry about colour) but it’s still important to get as much detail out of the negative as possible. In this video I show you some of the tools I use in Silverfast to get good results. »

Youtube: How to Scan Colour Film (ft. Silverfast 8.8)

Jonathan Notley: « Showing you some tips and tricks for scanning your Colour negatives at home. »

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UK Photographer Jonathan Notley relies on SilverFast

June 28th, 2018 · analogue photography, HowTo, News, Scanner, SilverFast, Video

Jonathan introduces his SilverFast 8.8 scanning workflow exemplary with 6×7 positive film


Jonathan Notley: Scanning Slides (Ft. Silverfast 8.8)

SilverFast comes with a lot of tools for whatever difficulties you may stumble upon when digitizing your slides. Jonathan Notley is a skilled photographer and loves shooting analog film. His Youtube channel really is worth taking a look at. He has now published a video on how to digitize E6 slides. Don’t miss it.

About Jonathan: « Jonathan Notley is a British Portrait and Landscape photographer living and working in London. Whilst best known commercially as a portrait photographer Jonathan also has a passion for analog processes. On frequent trips he uses medium and large-format film to photograph the coasts and waterways of his native United Kingdom. Jonathan relies on digitizing his negatives using SilverFast scanner software to get the best out of digital printing options. »

You may also like to visit Jonathan’s website, you will find a lot of his great photographic artworks.

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Ektachrome film will be back

June 12th, 2018 · News

Kodak on Instagram: first test photos shot on the revived Ektachrome film

Five years after Ektachrome has been discontinued, the new film will soon be available. Kodak is in the final phase of fine-tuning the coating process. Of course, the formulation itself is well-known, but some of the more than 80 different chemical components were no longer available. First, new producers had to be found for these chemicals, which has meanwhile succeeded. Kodak has now published first test pictures on Instagram.

Question: « Where did the Ektachrome pictures you recently posted came from? »

Kodak: « They came from the most recent narrow coating trial. We looked at the test shots on a light box, and were very excited. While we recognize that scans don’t necessarily do the film justice, we posted them to help people understand we remain hard at work to bring EKTACHROME to market. »

Ektachrome – end and new beginning

Ektachrome has been on the market since the early 1940s, but faced with financial difficulties in 2012 and the lack of demand due to a fast-growing digital market, Kodak ended the production of many film types – including Ektachrome.

But in recent years, the sales of professional photo film is steadily rising again. Professional and enthusiastic photographers discover the artistic control through manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical end product.

It may be assumed that the new Ektachrome film will be available this year, maybe in a couple of weeks.

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SilverFast at the CEBIT 2018 trade fair – everything new?

May 15th, 2018 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Photography Business, SilverFast

The German CEBIT trade fair this year comes up with a completely new concept – LaserSoft Imaging will join in!

Like every year, LaserSoft Imaging will be present at CEBIT for its partners and customers. You are invited to visit us in Hall 17 Booth H17 at the Schleswig-Holstein joint stand. We cordially invite you to talk to us about our scanner and image processing software SilverFast or to lean more about how SilverFast can be used as a business and industrial solution in your company.

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Consumer: SilverFast is considered to be the most successful scanner software in the world. Many practical features are used to efficiently and safely transfer analog images into digital image archives. SilverFast is used by both home users as well as professional photographers and supports the most important photo and film scanners from all renowned scanner manufacturers.

Business: SilverFast is individually customizable, resulting in numerous possibilities for an application in the industry, but also in archives, authorities, museums and other institutions as well as in the field of medical and ID imaging. Our solutions are already used very successfully in production environments, for example in the area of quality management as reliable and cost-effective measuring instruments. Combined with today’s robotic technology there are many possible applications to perform fully automatic quality checks all around the clock, 7 days a week.

We have a long-term cooperation with the German federal printing agency „Bundesdruckerei“ for producing ID cards, which makes us to experts in the area of passport and ID card issuance. In addition, together with Epson we are distributing healthcare solutions for capturing X-ray images.

Hall 17 Booth H17 at the Schleswig-Holstein joint stand

Come and meet us at our stand, we are looking forward to your visit!

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Kodachrome feature movie now on Netflix

May 4th, 2018 · analogue photography, Distraction, Humour, News

Kodachrome feature movie now on Netflix

Since April 20, 2018, the Kodachrome movie is available on Netflix


Kodachrome – the official Netflix Trailer

Kodachrome details the journey of a seasoned photographer (Ed Harris) and his estranged son (Jason Sudeikis) who roadtrip across the states along with Harris’ nurse (Elizabeth Olsen) to get several rediscovered rolls of Kodachrome film developed before the last lab capable of doing it shuts down for good.

Source: www.netflix.com

Your most beautiful Kodachrome moment

We photograph what we think is worth remembering. Our photos are often associated with positive memories and emotions. What’s your favorite Kodachrome moment? Tell us about it and write to « kodachrome “at” silverfast.com ». Include a picture, if you like.

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digit! Advanced SilverFast Targets Review

April 23rd, 2018 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Scanner, SilverFast

digit! – (R)Evolution in Scanner Profiling

The digit!, a German professional journal for digital images, introduces the new Advanced Scanner Calibration.

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In order to obtain predictable and correct colors in an imaging workflow, it is important that all devices involved are profiled. Due to production processes, even devices identical in construction show small deviations. However, these deviations can be compensated witch a color calibration.

Scanners are profiled with color charts called targets. For these targets, there is currently a new and much more accurate standard in development. As an ISO member, LaserSoft Imaging plays an important role in designing this standard. Targets according to the new ISO standard are already available – worldwide only from LaserSoft Imaging. The digit! now presents these new Advanced Targets and the related SilverFast Scanner Calibration in a 2-page article.

digit!: « A highlight is the demonstrably higher amount of Color fields. Exactly 600, this is more than three times as many. This large number of measuring points results in extreme accuracy. […] For the longest time, LaserSoft Imaging targets have counted among the best on the market. »

The complete article and many more interesting stories can be found in the current digit! issue 2-2018.

You can also download the article here as a PDF file.

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International Color Day – March 21st, 2018

March 21st, 2018 · Distraction, Humour, News, Photography Business, Scanner, SilverFast

The International Color Day goes back to Maria Joao Durao, President of the Portuguese Color Association, and was first celebrated in 2008. The date, 21st of March, was not chosen randomly.

The date refers to the equinox in spring, day and night are exactly the same time. The spring equinox is regarded as the symbolic equivalent of the complementary relationship between light and shadow as a fundamental element of colors. Fine color gradations are also the factors that make up the quality of our photos and images. They should not be left to chance.


Advanced Scanner Calibration

Advanced Scanner Calibration

Get perfect color when scanning your photos, slides and filmstrips by profiling your scanner first. With unprecedented accuracy, the brand new fully automatic Advanced Color Calibration from SilverFast will create color profiles for your scanner. Using SilverFast Ai Studio or the SilverFast Archive Suite and a SilverFast calibration target, the color calibration is effortless: accurate colors – perfect images.

Learn more about the new Advanced SilverFast Calibration Targets.

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New Targets for Scanner Calibration

March 14th, 2018 · News

LaserSoft Imaging once again demonstrates pioneering spirit with the production of “Advanced Targets” for Scanner Calibration, more measuring fields and increased Target accuracy. For many years now, Scanner-Calibration has been subject to the IT8-Standard. Scanner-Calibration measures the individual color recognizing capabilities of a scanner and creates a unique Color-Profile. The generated Color-Profile helps software with color management, ensuring that images maintain their color-integrity on a wide-range of devices (e.g. monitors and printers).

The ISO-Norm 12641 is part of the IT8-Standard. The ISO-Norm 12641 is currently being expanded by the ISO-Committee, in order to do justice to the steadily increasing importance of color accuracy. We at LaserSoft Imaging are very impressed by the reliable precision of these Advanced Targets and have already begun Advanced Target production. These 12641 (-2 ISO-Candidate) Advanced Targets will be offered in our Online Store until 01.06.18 at a special introductory price.

Click here to view the complete press release or click here to be taken to our Scanner Calibration page to find out more about our new “Advanced Targets”.



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Google Pixel 2 Camera vs. a $20,000 Hasselblad

January 10th, 2018 · Digital Photography, News, Photography, Photography Business, Reviews

At the beginning of this year, the PetaPixel photo blog has published an interesting article stating a very important information on Dynamic Range.

What a willing reader can learn from the comparison between the Google Pixel 2 smartphone and the 20.000 Euro Hasselblad camera is how immensely important the Dynamic Range is to achieve good images. It is not without reason that SilverFast Multi-Exposure for us is one of the most important feature highlights for scanning. The example in this article impressively shows what happens when the Dynamic Range is insufficient.

PetaPixel: Google Pixel 2 Camera vs. a $20,000 Hasselblad

Incidentally, the same principle also applies to scanning. Image data which the scanner does not capture when digitizing is lost and can not be recovered by any software calculations. However, software can help to optimize the Dynamic Range for scanning allowing the scanner to capture as much image information as possible. Read more about how SilverFast Multi-Exposure can help your images.

SilverFast Multi-Exposure is included with SilverFast SE Plus, Ai Studio and the Archive Suite.

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