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20. December 2011

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Dear customers, guests and business partners,

this exciting year is slowly coming to its end, while the contemplative Christmas season has begun. In summer, SilverFast 8 has been successfully launched and we are receiving a lot of attention and good reviews from our customers since then. Of course, we will continue to work on SilverFast 8 with our greatest efforts in 2012 for improving many existing features and providing new ones with future SilverFast updates.


« With warm appreciation of our association during the past year,
we extend our very best wishes for a successful New Year. »



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CEO LaserSoft Imaging

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14. December 2011

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SilverFast 8 has been successfully adapted to the individual hardware specifications of another scanner. SilverFast 8 scanner software is now available for the Epson Expression 1640XL on Windows XP, Vista, Win7 and Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.7.

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7. December 2011

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Good news for many Epson customers: SilverFast 8 has been adapted to additional scanner models and operating systems. Under Windows and Mac OS X, SilverFast 8 is now also available for the following scanners:
  • Epson Perfection 2400
  • Epson Perfection 2450 Photo
  • Epson Perfection 4490
  • Epson Perfection V300
  • Epson Perfection V330
  • Epson Perfection V500
  • Epson Perfection V600 Photo

Multi-Tasking, Preview Concept and scanner-specific adaption ensure an increase of technical performance. The new user interface and the WorkflowPilot facilitate the handling for the user.

Order SilverFast 8 by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get SilverFast 8 as a discounted or even free upgrade. Find out all about SilverFast 8 by clicking on 'INFO'.

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29. November 2011

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Development of the Pre-Release version of SilverFast HDR Studio 8 continues. We appreciate all your cooperation and received feedback. Update to version 8.0.1r3 brings:
  • A time extension of the Pre-Release version. The actual 30 days trial period has come to an end on November the 29th. This new version extends your trial period for another 30 days.
  • Performance improvement: Some internal processes have been accelerated by up to 100%.
  • Bug fix: Previously, the infrared channel of HDRi images was shown partially shifted. This is now corrected.
Thank you for your continuous cooperation and feedback.

You can download SilverFast HDR Studio 8 pre-release for free and without obligation by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. Please also read the detailed information about the Pre-Release, please click on 'INFO'. We always look forward to your feedback and suggestions, you can let us know by clicking on 'FORUM'.

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25. November 2011

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The Nikon CoolScan 5000 ED was launched in 2003 and has been one of the most popular film scanner since then. Especially professional photographers appreciate the superior image quality, which is even further optimized significantly by SilverFast Multi-Exposure® for increasing dynamic range.

The German FOTO DIGITAL magazine has reviewed the Nikon CoolScan 5000 ED in detail. In conclusion, the testers recommend to use SilverFast with the Nikon for a significant performance improvement:


« We recommend a more powerful scan software such as "SilverFast", as the included "Nikon Scan 4.0" is out of the scanner's depth. "SilverFast" also offers the possibility to calibrate the scanner. The tools for automatic corrections are working properly and contribute to better imaging results. […] Grain can be effectively reduced by multiple scanning. The autofocus accomplishes a perfect job for accurately mounted slides and smooth film strips. »

You can read the complete article on the FOTO DIGITAL website. (in German)



18. November 2011

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LaserSoft Imaging offers the world's last Kodachrome targets for scanner calibration.
Kodachrome was a popular slide film produced by Kodak between 1935 and 2009. It was the first commercially successful three-color film with natural color reproduction. Kodachrome film features great sharpness, fine grain and vibrant colors. In addition, it is extremely well preserved in archives.

Kodachrome is very different from other films in terms of material and developing process. This fact leads to problems when trying to scan Kodachrome film like ordinary color film. LaserSoft Imaging has produced Kodachrome targets in own production, which enable true-color digitizing of Kodachrome slides. Since 2010, there is not a single photo lab on the whole planet developing Kodachrome film. (Source: Wikipedia) This means, no new Kodachrome targets can be produced in future.

Why is the calibration with a Kodachrome target important?
The yellow dye in the Kodachrome emulsion is generally perceived less by a scanner than by the human eye. Thus, the human viewer captures more "yellow spectrum" from a Kodachrome image than the scanner. In return, scan results have a blue cast for the eye, if Kodachrome slides are scanned with a normal Fujichrome or Ektachrome ICC profile. With a Kodachrome Calibration Target, you get accurate color.


« I started a project recently, scanning several hundred 25-year old slides of our trekking trip to Africa. The old Kodachromes and Ecktachromes show their age. […] SilverFast provides a vast range of controls that were not previously available to me, allowing solid control over every element of the scanning workflow. The results are dramatically improved. … » (Richard Jacobs)

We would like to offer our last remaining stock of Kodachrome targets for 195,- per target to our loyal customers. All targets originate from our very last production batch and when properly stored can be used for many years without a loss of quality.

Get your SilverFast Kodachrome Target today by clicking on the 'BUY' button. Click 'INFO' for more information about the various SilverFast Kodachrome features.

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11. November 2011

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In late August the new scanner software SilverFast 8 was published. For all supported scanners, the Archive Suite versions are once again available.

The Archive Suite is a software package for fast and easily archiving even larger image collections, which includes scanner software, image editing software and an integrated color management system. Using the scanner software, you create 64bit/ 48bit RAW data for subsequent processing in SilverFast HDR (Studio). These RAW files contain all the data of your images and are therefore ideally suited for further optimization and processing.

Version 8 of imaging software SilverFast HDR is currently in development. During a public pre-release phase, SilverFast HDR Studio 8 is available for free download. Until the publication of SilverFast HDR 8, the SilverFast Archive Suite 8 will come with the fully compatible (except Mac OS X Lion) version 6.6 of SilverFast HDR.

All costumers who purchased HDR or Archive Suite 6.6 at June 1st 2011 or later, will of course be entitled to get a free upgrade to version 8 as soon as it is available.


Please find here a list of those scanners for which SilverFast 8 is available. For many other scanners our well tested Archive Suite version 6.6 software, of course, is still available.

Order SilverFast Archive Suite 8 under 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get the SilverFast Archive Suite 8 as a discounted o even free upgrade. Find out more about the different Archive Suite versions by clicking on 'INFO'.

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9. November 2011

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SilverFast 8, the completely new developed scanner software, is now also available on DVD.

The DVD comes with a printed quick guide in 6 languages​​ (english only for the US). Besides the SilverFast software, it includes the guide as a PDF file and a variety of QuickTime movies that concretely explain how to use every single feature. Of course, the SilverFast 8 documentation and QuickTime movies are also available online for free viewing.


Order SilverFast 8 on DVD by clicking on 'BUY DVD' or as an immediately available download version by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get SilverFast 8 as a discounted or even free upgrade.

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2. November 2011

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Development of the Pre-Release version of SilverFast HDR Studio 8 continues. We appreciate all your cooperation and received feedback. Update to version 8.0.1r2 brings:
  • A time extension of the Pre-Release version. The first 30 days trial period is coming to an end on November the 2nd. This new version extends your trial period for another 30 days.
  • Bug fix: Opening 16bit HDR greyscale image file prior to color images led SilverFast HDR Studio 8 Pre-Release to believe all subsequent images to be of the same type. This appeared to be a cache problem solved in this version.
  • Bug fix: Infrared channel of HDRi images created with SilverFast 6.6 under Windows appeared to be ignored by SilverFast HDR Studio 8 Pre-Release. This led to a non-correction or malfunctioning of iSRD and is now fixed.
Thank you for your continuous cooperation and feedback.

You can download SilverFast HDR Studio 8 pre-release for free and without obligation by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. Please also read the detailed information about the Pre-Release, please click on 'INFO'. We always look forward to your feedback and suggestions, you can let us know by clicking on 'FORUM'.

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27. October 2011

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As a professional provider for various solutions in the area of digitization and image processing, LaserSoft Imaging will exhibit at the Berlin fair Moderner Staat on 8 and 9 November, 2011. We will be located at Booth 409 in Hall 2 at the theme park Junge Innovative
and are looking forward to meet you in Berlin.

For further information, please look here.

26. October 2011

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SilverFast 8 has been successfully adapted to the individual hardware specifications of another scanner. As of now, SilverFast 8 scanner software is available for the Epson Perfection 2450 Photo on Windows XP, Vista, Win7 and Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.7 Lion.

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18. October 2011

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The new SilverFast 8 scanner software is now available for the Canon CanoScan 8600F and 8800F. Supported are Windows and Mac operating systems including 10.7 Lion.

SilverFast 8 is now available for two additional scanners. Multi-Tasking, Preview Concept and scanner-specific adaption ensure an increase of technical performance. The new user interface and the WorkflowPilot facilitate the handling for the user.


Order SilverFast 8 for your Canon CanoScan 8600F and 8800F by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get SilverFast 8 as a discounted or even free upgrade. Find out all about SilverFast 8 by clicking on 'INFO'.

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13. October 2011

icon_get_connected Get Connected TV is Canada's #1 Technology TV Show. In the following movie clip they are introducing the Plustek OpticFilm 7600i slide scanner and SilverFast SE Plus, which is already bundled with the scanner and great for beginners starting to digitize their analog treasures.



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7. October 2011

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The new version 8 of imaging software SilverFast HDR and HDR Studio launches as a free pre-release version. We would like to give our customers an opportunity to test our new features and to actively participate in the development process with feedback and suggestions.

SilverFast HDR Studio 8 is available as part of a public software pre-release for downloading. It runs on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and thus offers a cost-free temporary solution for users who can not use their SilverFast HDR (Studio) 6.6 copy on Lion.


You can download SilverFast HDR Studio 8 pre-release for free and without obligation by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. Please also read the detailed information about the Pre-Release, please click on 'INFO'. We always look forward to your feedback and suggestions, you can let us know by clicking on 'FORUM'.

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7. October 2011

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The new SilverFast 8 scanner software is now available for the Epson Perfection 3200 Photo. Supported are Windows and Mac operating systems including 10.7 Lion.

As the most advanced scanner software SilverFast 8 carries the Epson Perfection 3200 Photo to new heights in terms of image quality and ease of use. The unique WorkflowPilot allows even beginners to achieve perfect pictures. This digital assistant avoids errors in the imaging process by arranging all necessary processing steps in the correct order.


Order SilverFast 8 for your Epson Perfection 3200 Photo by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get SilverFast 8 as a discounted or even free upgrade. Find out all about SilverFast 8 by clicking on 'INFO'.

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18. August 2011

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LaserSoft Imaging (LSI) has embedded their 25 years of experience into the new version of the scanning software SilverFast. Coupling their innovative ideas with the utilization of current software technology, LSI has now released the best scanning software ever: SilverFast 8.

There are many reasons to obtain the new SilverFast 8; a software which makes it easy to perfectly digitize images. The applications are nearly endless.


The new patent pending WorkflowPilot® is a novelty and the core of the new concept, allowing perfect scans from any original. As a kind of virtual assistant, the WorkflowPilot® guides the user through the correct order of steps necessary to obtain best results.

Karl-Heinz Zahorsky, founder and president of LSI: « Our WorkflowPilot will help especially novice users to create brilliant images. »

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The unique SilverFast Preview Concept allows for instant quality control of each adapted adjustment. The new and optimized user interface enables any user to quickly find all necessary tools. The unique iSRD® automatically and professionally removes dust and scratches by using the scanner's infrared channel. In combination with the SRD® function, this feature is even available for Kodachrome or B/W slides.


Try SilverFast 8 for free. If you already have an older version of SilverFast, we offer you an upgrade to SilverFast 8 at a reduced price or even without cost. Therefore, please click on the 'Upgrade' button.

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17. August 2011

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3. August 2011

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We would like to inform you which scanners will be supported for the release of SilverFast 8. For an overview, please click here.

29. July 2011

sf8_banner_2 SilverFast 8 - Upgrade Discounts for our Customers

We have informed you about our new scanner software SilverFast 8 recently. Today we would like to show our low-priced upgrade options to you.

Until the 30th of June 2012, LaserSoft Imaging will offer a free SilverFast 8 upgrade to all customers who will purchase or have purchased a copy of SilverFast version 6.6 after June 1st, as soon as it is available. This offer is naturally also valid for SilverFast versions bundled with a scanner device or purchased from a dealer. Any SilverFast software purchased prior to June 1st will benefit from significant pricebreaks of up to 50% when upgrading from an earlier SilverFast version to SilverFast 8.

The release of SilverFast 8 is scheduled for August 2011.

The SilverFast 8 pricing will be within the range of SilverFast 6.6 prices. Actually, some versions can be offered for a lowered price. In detail we will offer pricebreaks as follows:
  • SilverFast purchased after June 1st, 2011: free upgrade
  • older SilverFast software of version 6.5 or later: 50% discount
  • older SilverFast software of version 6.0 or later: 30% discount
  • older SilverFast software of version 5.5 or later: 20% discount


mac_lion The new SilverFast 8 version 8 will support Windows 7, Vista and XP as well as Intel Mac OS X 10.5 or later (including 10.7 Lion). SilverFast versions previous to SilverFast 8 will not run on Mac OS X 10.7.

20. July 2011

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LaserSoft Imaging announces SilverFast 8 - available in August 2011.

SilverFast, the most popular scanner software in the world, will be released as brand-new version SilverFast 8. After many successful years, SilverFast will be available completely renewed towards the end of August for the most important scanners of all major manufacturers. With the powerful new SilverFast software images can be created, edited and brought to perfection easily. The patent-pending WorkflowPilot featuring a world‘s first is just one of many new developments that bring significant advantages for the user.


The WorkflowPilot is a core element of the new software. As a kind of assistant, it guides the user in the correct order through all processing steps required for his individual workflow. In this way you turn your analog originals into convincing scans easily, because all complex operations become a child's play for the user.

The SilverFast Preview Concept allows to check the results of any adjusted setting anytime and immediately. Also new and up to date is the graphical user interface, on which the user can quickly and easily find all important controls and features. SilverFast 8 supports Multi-Tasking and the latest 64bit hardware and is therefore extremely fast and efficient.

SilverFast 8 is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP, and runs natively on Mac OS X systems from version 10.5 (including 10.7 Lion). 32bit computers will be supported as well as 64bit systems.

button_buy Until the 30th of June 2012, LaserSoft Imaging will offer a free upgrade to SilverFast 8 to all customers who will purchase or have purchased a copy of SilverFast version 6.6 after June 1st, as soon as it is available. This offer is naturally also valid for SilverFast versions bundled with a scanner device or purchased from a dealer.

Update: Any SilverFast software purchased prior to June 1st will benefit from significant pricebreaks of up to 50% when upgrading from an earlier SilverFast version to SilverFast 8. Please register for our newsletter or subscribe to our RSS-Feed in order to get the latest updates and announcements delivered right to your mailbox.

« SilverFast - Pioneer in Digital Imaging »

10. June 2011

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Travelling, mountains and photography are three of the great passions of Steve Razzetti, born in London in 1958. Between 1984 and 2003, he has spent an annual average of 9 months in the Himalayas.

Recently, he has begun to scan a series of black and white negatives, which he has shot more than 20 years ago in Pakistan. Steve is using a Nikon Coolscan 9000 in combination with SilverFast Ai Studio, and he himself is surprised by the great results he is achieving.

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The first 100 images are already digitized, and there are some more to follow.

On his homepage, Steve Razzetti is also showing many more impressive and beautiful photographs of various places from all over the world: www.Razzetti.com

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4. April 2011

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Boris Bischof, rappresentante di LaserSoft Imaging in Nord America, terrà un seminario informativo gratuito a Vistek, Toronto, l'8 Aprile alle ore 14. Bischof illustrerà l'intero workflow della SilverFast Archive Suite, dall'inizio alla fine, spiegando le caratteristiche principali di SilverFast ed il suo sistema di Color Management.

Questo seminario è adatto sia agli utenti alle prime armi che a quelli più esperti, che abbiano già usato SilverFast oppure no. Partecipate per imparare ad ottenere scansioni eccellenti con SilverFast, o per chiarirvi - in una sessione di domande e risposte - i vostri dubbi nell'uso di SilverFast.

Per altre informazioni e per la registrazione gratuita al seminario, potete visitare il sito di Vistek.

22. March 2011

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Il ProScan 7200, scanner per diapositive e pellicole di Reflecta, finora era supportato solo da Windows. Adesso il prodotto è stato aggiornato per poter funzionare anche su Mac, e SilverFast è stato opportunamente adattato per sfruttare appieno questa compatibilità.

Dettagli del prodotto:
  • risoluzione: 3600 dpi
  • gamma dinamica: 3.8 Dmax
  • scandisce pellicole 35mm e diapositive intelaiate
  • lampada a LED, a basso impatto ambientale
  • rimozione polvere e graffi inclusa
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Prova SilverFast con il tuo Reflecta ProScan 7200 gratis.
E' anche possibile visitare la nostra pagina dedicata al Reflecta ProScan 7200.

* Nota: A seconda del numero di serie, il supporto tecnico Reflecta vi farà sapere se il vostro scanner è compatibile con Mac OS X. Se non lo è, Reflecta ve lo sostituirà gratuitamente con un modello identico ma compatibile.

18. March 2011

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In qualità di redattore e fotografo professionista, David Brooks è sempre interessato alle nuove tecnologie in materia di imaging. E' dai primi anni '90 che gestisce in digitale il proprio archivio, sempre puntando alla massima qualità possibile; di conseguenza, ha provato negli anni moltissimi scanner sia piani che per pellicola, sempre però scegliendo SilverFast come software di scansione.

David Brooks ha appena provato approfonditamente lo scanner CanoScan 9000F abbinato alla SilverFast Archive Suite. E' particolarmente entusiasta del workflow e della scansione in sequenza che, a suo dire, richiedono la metà del tempo rispetto alla concorrenza. Oltre alla descrizione dello scanner, Brooks illustra anche il suo flusso di lavoro SilverFast, e spiega molti comandi e pulsanti del programma. Si tratta dunque di un articolo molto interessante per chi è un nuovo utente di SilverFast.

David Brooks: "Penso che molti fotografi possessori di archivi su pellicola attendessero da tempo uno scanner piano che potesse acquisire sia stampe che negativi 35mm e 120mm, con risultati paragonabili a quelli degli scanner dedicati per pellicola. Ebbene, ora questo CanoScan abbinato a SilverFast è disponibile: il sogno è divenuto in gran parte realtà. " brooks_flowers_small
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L'articolo completo si può leggere sul sito della rivista Shutterbug.

Potete inoltre visitare la nostra pagina dedicata allo scanner CanoScan 9000F.

11. March 2011

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SilverFast supporta Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Kiel, 11 Marzo 2011 - LaserSoft Imaging annuncia il supporto del prossimo sistema operativo di Apple. SilverFast, il software di scansione più diffuso al mondo, sarà pienamente compatibile con Mac OS X 10.7.


La versione 10.7 (Lion) è prevista da Apple per l'estate del 2011, come aggiornamento del sistema operativo Mac OS X. Come sempre, SilverFast manterrà la compatibilità con le varie versioni di Windows e Mac OS X. Inoltre, SilverFast supporterà nativamente i processori Intel usati da Apple, sia su macchine a 32bit che a 64bit, così da garantire sempre prestazioni ottimali.

Per saperne di più...

28. February 2011

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Il CeBIT è la fiera dell'information technology più grande del mondo; si svolge ad Hannover ogni anno, in promavera. La prima partecipazione di LaserSoft Imaging risale al 1995, in concomitanza con la presentazione - proprio al CeBIT - della prima versione di SilverFast Ai.

Anche quest'anno il nostro staff sarà lieto di incontrarvi: veniteci a trovare allo stand Plustek, dove potremo mostrarvi le nostre soluzioni.

Ci trovate presso i nostri partner della Plustek in hall 3, stand F29.
Ecco come raggiungerci.

31. January 2011

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Robert Slobins ha fotografato il cielo notturno per 40 anni; è particolarmente interessato alla fotografia delle eclissi solari. Per avere buoni risultati in questo ambito professionale si deve disporre di buona esperienza e di tecnologie moderne.

Robert utilizza da molti anni SilverFast per la digitalizzazione delle sue immagini. Le fotografie delle eclissi sono immagini ad alto contrasto, che richiedono un'ampia gamma dinamica.

Slobins: "Un tempo lavoravo in camera oscura (bianconero, poi colore). SilverFast mi consente di ottenere risultati simili mantenendo il fascino della lavorazione."

Sul nostro sito è possibile visionare gli scatti di Robert ed il suo flusso di lavoro SilverFast: Area di Applicazione - Fotografia delle Eclissi di Sole
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E' anche possibile visitare il sito di Robert Solobins dedicato alla fotografia delle eclissi di sole flash spectrum o dare uno sguardo a quali Aree di Applicazione sono possibili con un valido software di scansione.