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18. April 2019

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LaserSoft Imaging presents "Analog gewinnt" (Analog wins)


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.

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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)

29. March 2019

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SilverFast Review in c't Digitale Fotografie magazine


The renowned German photo magazine c't Digitale Fotografie writes in its current issue on the topic of "Digitizing slides and negatives":

c't Digitale Fotografie: « SilverFast software is a real pleasure, making the heart of any photographer who cares about detailed adjustments beat faster. Some of these options would be well suited to professional photo editing applications such as Photoshop. »

We are thankful for this great praise! More on scanning with SilverFast in the current March / April issue of c't Digitale Fotografie.

19. March 2019

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PhotoKlassik Academy – High-End Scan & Color Management



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



14. March 2019

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No Shipping Costs and new supported Scanners


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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15. February 2019

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DON'T STOP THE DANCE – Book and Exhibition


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

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22. January 2019

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SilverFast supports 10th World Dendro Conference in Bhutan


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.