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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

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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:

Affected devices:


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


  • 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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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.


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” ». 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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