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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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DON’T STOP THE DANCE – Book and Exhibition

February 20th, 2019 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Photography Books, SilverFast

Hamburg, Erika Klütz School for Theater Dance, summer of 1960: Without much regard for conventional technology and traditional image perception and with the full joy of experimentation, Michael Fackelmann photographed the dancers in his special visual language. These black-and-white photographies will now be exhibited at the Leica Gallery of Nuremberg. Accompanying the exhibition, Fackelmann publishes his images in a photo book. Title of book and exhibition: DON’T STOP THE DANCE. Fackelmann photographed with a Leica M3 – he scanned all images with SilverFast scanner software.

  • LEICA GALLERY – Obere Wörthstraße 8, 90403 Nuremberg
  • VERNISSAGE – Friday March 15, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • EXHIBITION TIME – March 16 to April 27, 2019
  • OPENING HOURS – Mon to Sat 10:00 am to 6:30 pm, admission free

About these photographies: « Frequently it is often only after lengthy observation that spatial patterns, lines of movement, physical forms, subdued or frantic gestures piled up on top of one another stand out from the picture. The impact of the photograph is enhanced by the graphically effective reduction of the grey values, which give rise to distinct contrasts between light and dark. With his camera Fackelmann records the dancer’s behavior in space, observes how the flowing movement of the dance fills space with a physical presence and captures in the picture spatial zones of widely differing concentrations. Polarity finds its equivalent in the scale of light values, forms of unique beauty and austere charm taking shape. »

Eckhard Kuhlbrodt, Fred Eckhard in the “camera” photo magazine, July 1964

Wolfram Reuter, Leica Gallery Nürnberg: « The aim of the Hamburg photographer Michael Fackelmann is to show the dynamics of dancing with his images as he sees them through the viewfinder of his camera. He tackles the theme of dancing with impulsive eagerness to experiment. »


With our next newsletter we are giving away 5 Michael Fackelmann photo books. Newsletter Subscription

Michael Fackelmann

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SilverFast supports 10th World Dendro Conference in Bhutan

January 28th, 2019 · Distraction, News, SilverFast

Dendrochronology is a dating method in which the annual rings of trees are assigned to a specific, known growing time based on their different width. In dendrochronology the density of the latewood, those wood cells formed during the latter half of a treeʼs growing season, is a very powerful indicator of past temperature variations, traditionally requiring complex and expensive machines to measure.

A less expensive and accessible option is to scan the latewood and to analyze the RGB blue-channel variations, which are very well correlated with density. In order to retrieve comparable color measurements from different scanners, and to monitor a scannerʼs blue-channel sensitivity over time, the dendrochronologists in Bhutan use SilverFast Ai Studio to calibrate scanners and to scan latewood samples.

Paul J. Krusic, Dept. of Geography, University of Cambridge: « We are sincerely grateful for the LaserSoft Imaging gift and the contribution it made to the the success of our program. »

More informationen on the Bhutan Fieldweek.

More informationen on dendrochronology on Wikipedia.org.

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Caution when updating to macOS Mojave (10.14)!

September 24th, 2018 · News, OSX, Scanner, SilverFast

Apple has ceased to support 32-bit systems. Scanners lacking 64-bit drivers are not compatible with macOS 10.14.

For the last several years, Apple has been preparing to transition to a purely 64-bit system. In macOS 10.14, this step has been taken: 32-bit apps and drivers are no longer supported. In this new version, affected scanners will no longer function with SilverFast until their drivers are updated to support 64-bit.

At this point in time, your scanners manufacturer only supports 32-bit drivers, which are currently not supported by macOS 10.14. We thus urgently recommend that you contact your scanner manufacturer prior to updating to macOS 10.14 in order to determine the compatibility of your device.

You can find further information concerning this issue here:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208436

Affected devices:

Canon:

  • CanoScan 4400F
  • CanoScan 8600F
  • CanoScan 8800F

Epson:

  • Expression 1680, Expression 1680 Pro, ES-2200
  • Perfection 2400
  • Perfection 2450
  • Perfection 2480
  • Perfection 2580
  • Perfection 4490
  • Perfection V10
  • Perfection V100
  • Perfection V200
  • Perfection V30
  • Perfection V300
  • Perfection V33
  • Perfection V330
  • Perfection V350
  • Perfection V37
  • Perfection V370
  • Perfection V500
  • Perfection V550
  • Perfection V600

Important note:
The SilverFast update 8.8.0r14 is the last update to support 32-bit systems. In the future, SilverFast will be developed solely in 64-bit.

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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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