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Silvergrain Workshop: Correctly Enlarging and Scanning Negatives

September 3rd, 2021 · HowTo, News, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Two-day workshop on October 23rd and 24th in Bad Nauheim, Germany. The Silvergrain Academy Workshop “COACHING – Correctly Enlarging and Scanning Negatives” is aimed at beginners and advanced users who want to learn and master the various possibilities of digitizing slides and negatives in the best possible way. This workshop systematically deals with the theoretical basics and utilizes different types of scanners and DSLR cameras in the practical part.

Content of the workshop – Host: André Eikmeyer

  • Color depth, density, subject contrast
  • Sharpness, acutance, resolution, original size
  • Advantages of IT8 device profiling (color fidelity)
  • Compared to the craft of exposure (color correction)
  • Possible ways of creating a profile
  • Offer profiling as a service
  • Select appropriate individual equipment / software
  • DSLR / film scanner / exposure advantages and disadvantages
  • Vintage scanner vs. modern (Scsi, Firewire, USB)
  • Hardware purchase recommendations

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

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SRDx Photoshop plug-in for Apple’s new devices using the M1 chip

June 23rd, 2021 · analogue photography, News, OSX, Photoshop, Processing

Experience our popular tool for dust and scratch removal

NEW: Our SRDx Photoshop plug-in is now also compatible with the latest iMacs and MacBooks which are using the ARM architecture M1 system on a chip. SRDx is of course still available for Intel Macs and Windows computers.

About SRDx: The SRDx plug-in is a tool for removing defects that, unlike most other tools, does not use any blur effects and thus keeps the sharpness of your originals.

SRDx even shines on images with a large number of flaws like dust particles, specks, small scratches and also finger prints without having you to spend a lot of time manually correcting all defects with a stamp tool.

You can find more information on our SRDx plug-in website.

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SilverFast raises the benchmark another bit higher

May 12th, 2021 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Reviews, SilverFast

Connected Magazine (NL) – SilverFast 9 in the test

In its photo section, the Dutch entertainment and lifestyle magazine “Connected” has reviewed the up-to-date SilverFast 9 software.

The testers complimented on the large number of supported scanners and the many extensive options for saving even heavily discolored slides and negatives. they also mentioned the Multi-Exposure feature, which significantly increases the dynamic range a scanner can capture.

Connected Conclusion:
« The possibilities are endless, but you need a good software like SilverFast 9 for this. »

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Are you curious about SilverFast 9? Please fell free to test our free demo software now.

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Japanese photographer Fujimura examines SilverFast 9

April 28th, 2021 · Reviews, SilverFast

Fujimura praised unprecedented excellence in dust removal and tonal richness of SilverFast scans

Daisuke Fujimura, Japanese photographer, took a very close look at SilverFast 9, especially the functions iSRD & SRDx (dust removal) and Multi-Exposure.

iSRD & SRDx (dust removal functionality):
« Until now, I used to use editing software to check for scratches and dust while zooming in on the image after scanning, and then manually erase them using a copy stamp tool each time. However, SilverFast can remove dust and scratches from the entire screen at once by simply pressing the iSRD and SRDx icons, which greatly improves the efficiency of the process. The accuracy is also excellent.

The dust and scratches are separated from the subject and removed as if they were sorted by the human eye. For example, it can remove thread dust, even if it is on a fine line pattern such as grass or trees. I was surprised at the accuracy of SilverFast, even though other software has the scratch/dust removal function. This function is also available as a plug-in for Photoshop (SRDx Plug-in). »

Multi-Exposure function:
« Even in cases where the image would have been blown out or blacked out in the past, SilverFast reproduces the image with rich tones.
The comparison picture on the right clearly shows how SilverFast’s reproducibility is high. It also reduces the noise that tends to occur in low-light areas, so you can digitize with peace of mind. »

You can find more photos from Daisuke Fijumura on his web page.

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shotbyShingie presents SilverFast 9

April 23rd, 2021 · Humour, News, Processing, Reviews, SilverFast, Video

SilverFast 9

shotbyShingie – that’s his nickname on the Internet. Present on Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Shingie lives in Toronto and devotes his life mainly to photography and image processing. The artist gives his viewers an insight into his work on his YouTube channel.

In one of his last videos Shingie presents his use of the new SilverFast 9 software with his charming and fun manner.

You can find more about shotbyShingie on his YouTube-Channel.

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Julien Guinand and his book project about the Kumano and Ashio mountains in Japan

March 19th, 2021 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Photography Books, SilverFast

“A picture is worth a thousand words”. This idiom is also a metaphor for the added value of images over text alone. The photographer Julien Guinand uses the significance of photos and captures moments that testify to the human contribution to climate change and environmental pollution. In his book “Two Mountains” Guinand reports how the landscape of two mountains has been deformed by mankind.

The mountains of Kumano and Ashio in Japan have felt the power of human intervention for over a century.
Intensive forestry and mining operations have triggered deadly reactions on a massive scale, resulting in the relentless pursuit of technology, varying responses at a local level and a heightened awareness of the devastating ecological consequences.
Two mountains tells the wide ranging, fragmentary stories of both Kumano and Ashio through the photographs of Julien Guinand as he travelled across Japan between 2015 and 2018, interwoven with historical documents and texts that he collected while there. The photographs were taken on film and digitized with SilverFast software.

You can find more about Julien Guinand and his book project “Two Mountains” on his website: https://www.hatjecantz.de/.

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SilverFast 9 test report in German photo magazine digit!

March 1st, 2021 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Reviews, SilverFast

« The almost forgotten art of scanning an image »

In cooperation with the German photo magazine digit! a detailed test report of the new scanner software SilverFast 9 has been written. The editor and photographer Michael Marczok presents the entire subject of “scanning” on two pages.

Marczok explains why SilverFast makes the entire process from A to Z efficient. Standard features, which are also found in many image processing programs, are included, but also are a large number of unique tools, such as the powerful dust and scratch removal feature highlights iSRD and SRDx.

You may also like to read the entire test report as a PDF.

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digit! Conclusion:
« LaserSoft Imaging has always kept the almost forgotten art of scanning up-to-date with its SilverFast scan software. With the latest version 9, they have taken a very decisive new step towards wonderfully simple handling paired with an enormous range of functionality and highest quality. »

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Detailed test of SilverFast 9 in the FotoVideo (CZ)

February 23rd, 2021 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Reviews, SilverFast

« Save your analog images, it has never been so easy »

Preserve memories and digitize your old analog film material – this is the motto for the leading Czech photo magazine FotoVideo to take a very close look at the new SilverFast 9 scanner software.

This article points out the need to build up digital scan archives and illustrates why SilverFast 9 is the appropriate software for this. The FotoVideo considers the optimized WorkflowPilot, the new SAC (Single Archive Command) functionality as well as the advantages of performing Multi-Exposure scans.

You may also like to read the entire test report as a PDF.

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FotoVideo Conclusion:
« We recommend using this additional software and we are sure that LaserSoft Imaging will further expand its market leadership in the area of scanner software with the release of its new SilverFast 9. »

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GOLD AWARD – The DigiFoto (NL) has tested SilverFast 9

February 17th, 2021 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Processing, Reviews, Scanner, SilverFast

« SilverFast has been the crème de la crème of scanner software for years. »

DigiFoto, one of the leading Dutch photo magazines, took a closer look at the new SilverFast 9 scanner software and subjected it to a detailed practical test with an Epson Perfection V850. The testers focused on the comprehensively optimized WorkflowPilot and on the new, unique SAC (Single Archive Command).

The DigiFoto confirms that the WorkflowPilot can now guide a less experienced user through the complete scanning process. The Single Archive Command, which is especially suitable for large archives, was particularly impressive because of the significantly increased speed for raw data scanning. This feature is available in the SilverFast Archive Suite.

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DigiFoto Conclusion:
« SilverFast remains the standard by which any other scanning software has to be measured, and version 9 sets the bar even higher. This upgrade is especially interesting for photographers who want to digitize large archives, and for “scan laymen” who want to achieve high-quality scans without delving too much into all technical details. »

Convince yourself of SilverFast 9 and test our free demo software.

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SilverFast supports new Filmstrip Scanners from Reflecta and PIE

February 9th, 2021 · News, Processing, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast is now available for a new scanner category: for the filmstrip scanners. SilverFast now supports the Reflecta PF 135 and the PIE PowerFilm. These two new scanners are true specialists for digitizing filmstrips, as they can scan the strips automatically.


Both devices are able to automatically scan ten 35mm filmstrips or 60 images with just a single click. This makes them particularly suitable for digitizing large collections of filmstrips within a short period of time. With our special editions SilverFast HDR Studio + PF 135-Scan and SilverFast HDR Studio + PowerFilm-Scan you can scan your filmstrips acquiring the best possible quality and generating lossless raw data images, which you can afterwards edit and optimize conveniently using SilverFast.

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