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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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Holiday Discounts untill the New Year!

December 18th, 2017 · News, PrinTao 8, SilverFast

We would like to thank you for trusting in us and in our software and we would like to wish a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year for you and your families.

When it gets wintery and cold outside, it gets so much more comfortable indoors. While the snow falls outdoors, cosiness spreads at home. It‘s time to let the mind wander and to awake old memories …

Maybe you are using the peace and the leisurely hours to rekindle your memories stored on analog images. With SilverFast, this is very easily done, because its automatic image optimization offers suiting presets for many typical subjects such as landscapes, evening scenes or snow images. Especially for large amounts of images, a quick and easy handling is important.

Choose SilverFast until January 8, 2018 and take advantage of our 25% Christmas* offer or save up to € 400.00* when you buy a new scanner from us.

Order directly here in our Online Store.

* Notes: The promotional period ends on January 8th, 2018. The discount applies to all IT8 targets and SilverFast software versions as well as to the SRDx plug-in and PrinTao 8. The discount refers to the RRP and can not be combined with other offers.

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Das SRDx Photoshop Plug-in zur Staub- und Kratzer-Entfernung

November 9th, 2017 · HowTo, News, Video

Stefan Schäfer stellt in seinem beliebten Youtube Kanal mit sehenswerten Videos rund um die Fotografie und Bildbearbeitung das SRDx Photoshop Plug-in für Windows und Mac vor und zeigt an einem Beispiel, wie schnell und mühelos gescannte Bilder damit von Staub und Kratzern befreit werden können.

Defekte wie Staub und Kratzer manuell mit Photoshop zu entfernen kostet Zeit und Nerven. Mit SRDx sind derartige Korrekturen zuverlässig in wenigen Sekunden erledigt und das ganz ohne Schärfeverlust.


(Mac-Version)

Stefan Schäfer: « Alle Staubflecken und Kratzer werden automatisch von dem Plug-in erkannt. […] Das coole an diesem Plug-in ist übrigens, dass es mit einer Grafikkartenbeschleunigung arbeitet und von daher sehr, sehr schnell ist. Das ist wirklich ein großer Vorteil und auch eine enorme Zeitersparnis. […] Wir haben überhaupt keinen Schärfeverlust, aber dafür sind in Nullkommanichts alle Defekte weg. »

Weitere Informationen, Movies und eine kostenlose Testversion finden Sie auf unserer SRDx Photoshop Plug-in Webseite.

SRDx – Smart Removal of Defects ist verfügbar für Adobe Photoshop 64 Bit (CC, CS4-6, Elements 13-18) auf macOS ab 10.10 und Windows (64 Bit) ab Version 7.

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SRDx Plug-in for additional Photoshop editions

November 7th, 2017 · News

Our fantastic SRDx Photoshop Plug-in now also supports Photoshop CC 2018 and Photoshop Elements 2018. It is as well available for 64bit Photoshop Elements 13. Discover the new standard for Dust and Scratch Removal.

More info and free trial versipn on
www.picture-plugins.com.

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The sad history of digital cameras trying to imitate film

October 19th, 2017 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, Photography

Stop trying to make digital film cameras happen

In the recent past, many camera manufacturers have brought devices onto the market, which can be described as a hybrid of analog and digital camera. These cameras often have a retro look and partly also the usability of analog cameras, the technology inside however, is digital. On the occasion of the recently released Yashica digiFilm Y35 www.popsci.com has taken a closer look at the past attempts of releasing successful hybrid models. The Digital Holga, the Nikon DF, the Polaroid Snap and the Leica M-D (Type 262) are good examples.

Some of these cameras have been realized through crowdfunding projects, others have been developed by well-known camera manufacturers. The products of both categories do not really offer any new or beneficial functionality, quite the contrary. Many users disliked the crowd-financed devices due to too basic technology and insufficient image quality. The models of the established companies are often very high-priced, but offer consciously less functionality than a comparable digital camera of the same manufacturer.

First and foremost however, all the hybrid models lack the charm of the original analog photography.

LaserSoft Imaging: « Conclusion: The best combination of analog and digital imaging is still to shot analog and to use a scanner for digitization. »


You can find the complete article on www.popsci.com.

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Youtube Review (German): The SRDx Photoshop Plug-in for Windows

October 5th, 2017 · analogue photography, HowTo, News, Photography, Reviews, Tips and Tutorials, Video

The SRDx plug-in for Windows is available since yesterday. So it is pleasing us a lot that an excellent Youtube channel has already created a tutorial movie for our plug-in.

As digital artist, Anita Graf is very familiar with retouching in Photoshop. Working accurately and efficiently is essential in order to turn good images into outstanding images and photos into artworks. You may already be familiar with her movies around the topic of Photoshop and image processing – they are really worth seeing. In her current movie, she introduces the SRDx plug-in developed by LaserSoft Imaging. Using the SRDx plug-in, she quickly and easily retouches dust and scratches while saving time and nerves.

Anita Graf: « My motto: The reality is beautiful, with Photoshop I make it fantastic to me.

Being a digital artist, professional retouching belongs to my daily tasks. The SRDx Photoshop plug-in allows me to work quickly and neatly. The easy and intuitive handling makes it a valuable tool for Photoshop beginners as well as for professionals. »

Anita Graf from Stramani Photography has tested the SRDx Photoshop Plug-in. Watch her youtube movie to learn more about the SRDx plug-in. (Win Version)

Also visit the Stramani Photography website.

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SRDx Photoshop Plug-in – Now also available for Windows

September 28th, 2017 · analogue photography, HowTo, Photography, Processing

When digitizing images with a scanner, dust and scratches from the analog original appear in the digitized image. Removing these defects with the Photoshop correction functionalities is difficult and time consuming.

The SRDx – Smart Removal of Defects plug-in thus is the ideal expansion for users who process their images in Photoshop. From now on you can also use the excellent dust and scratch removal tool SRDx, regarding which you have already contacted us, as a Photoshop and Photoshop Elements plug-in on Windows. It’s available in Photoshop in the professional version with defect marker.

SRDx is seamlessly integrated with your accustomed workflow while complementing Photoshop´s already existing correction stamp tool by a function that uses a highly adjustable automatic detection to remove defects efficiently and without blur effects.

More information, movies and a free trial version can be found on our SRDx Photoshop Plug-in Website.

Stefan Riedl from the 4eck Media agency has extensively tested the SRDx Photoshop plug-in. Watch his review in the movie on the right.

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SilverFast 8.8 supports the new macOS operating system High Sierra

September 27th, 2017 · News, OSX, SilverFast

SilverFast 8.8 scanner and HDR software runs natively on Intel Mac systems from version OS X 10.7 (including macOS High Sierra). SilverFast is constantly being improved and extended by new features. Check here or directly in your SilverFast software to see if a free update is available for you.

Here you find a list of all supported scanners.

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Does Nikon introduce a successor to the successful CoolScan scanner series in September?

August 30th, 2017 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Photography Business, Scanner

With a phenomenal announcement, Nikon has unveiled its new flagship for digitizing slides and negatives: the new top model has a resolution of real 15 megapixels, an autofocus and digitizes slides and negatives in very short time. There is no automatic film transport, but optional film holders for 35mm negative strips and slides. Recommended retail price for the device without holder: 3300 Euro.


Of course this is not about a scanner, but about the new D850 SLR digital camera. With a new function for converting negatives into positives, this device is intended to outstrip the competition and animate the boring and loveless megapixel contests. With this useful innovation, Nikon sets a clear sign in a time where analogue photography and digital photography co-exist already for many photographers: analogue photography is alive. It is even so important that the leading manufacturer of digital cameras has dedicated a function to it.

Even though, unfortunately, there is no new Nikon scanner, this is a development that we, LaserSoft Imaging, can only applaud. A clearer statement on the continuing need for digitization of old and new footage can hardly be imagined.


We are very excited about how the quality of the negative to positive conversion with the DSLR D850 will turn out in practice. It is still unclear whether and how the camera takes into account different film emulsions and how the weaknesses in the image processing of 8bit files were solved. The bar is high, because for the price of the macro lens and the film holders alone, one gets already a very good film scanner which comes with high resolution, constant light source, a high density range, automatic film transport and infrared-based dust and scratch removal.

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SilverFast CEO flies once around the world

August 4th, 2017 · Distraction, News

SilverFast CEO flies once around the world

Worldflight | Karl-Heinz Zahorsky & Karl Karbach | Piper Malibu | N662TC

The two pilots, Karl-Heinz Zahorsky (President & CEO of LaserSoft Imaging) and Karl Karbach, have started their journey around the world on July 28 from Kiel, Germany. During their journey the Piper Malibu named “Spirit of Kiel” will take them to stages such as Croatia, Egypt, Sri Lanka, the Easter Island and the Cape Verde Islands. A long-held dream has just started …

The journey includes a donation from Karl-Heinz Zahorsky as well as the donation call for Dr. Reijntje’s School for the Deaf in Sri Lanka. This school ensures that deaf young women get an education that makes it possible for them to earn their livelihood. It would be great if many readers supported this social project by participating in our Charity Fundraising.

The journey itself can be followed via webblog and flight tracking system.

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