Ektachrome film will be back
Kodak on Instagram: first test photos shot on the revived Ektachrome film
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.
15. May 2018
SilverFast at the CEBIT 2018 trade fair – everything new?
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.
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!
4. May 2018
Kodachrome feature movie now on Netflix
Since April 20, 2018, the Kodachrome movie is available on Netflix
23. April 2018
digit! - (R)Evolution in Scanner Profiling
The digit!, a German professional journal for digital images, introduces the new Advanced Scanner 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.
21. March 2018
International Color Day - March 21st, 2018
The International Color Day goes back to Maria Joao Durao, President of the Portuguese Color Association, and was first celebrated in 2008. The date, 21st of March, was not chosen randomly.
The date refers to the equinox in spring, day and night are exactly the same time. The spring equinox is regarded as the symbolic equivalent of the complementary relationship between light and shadow as a fundamental element of colors. Fine color gradations are also the factors that make up the quality of our photos and images. They should not be left to chance.
Advanced Scanner Calibration
Get perfect color when scanning your photos, slides and filmstrips by profiling your scanner first. With unprecedented accuracy, the brand new fully automatic Advanced Color Calibration from SilverFast will create color profiles for your scanner. Using SilverFast Ai Studio or the SilverFast Archive Suite and a SilverFast calibration target, the color calibration is effortless: accurate colors – perfect images.
Learn more about the new Advanced SilverFast Calibration Targets.
16. March 2018
Netflix announces Feature Film: Kodachrome
Kodachrome - U.S. Premiere - (Netflix Launch: April 20, 2018)
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. Although the producing and development of Kodachrome film has been discontinued, Kodachrome is still present and there are rumors Kodak maybe will bring it back. For Scanning Kodachrome film, SilverFast is widely recognized to be the most powerful solution. Now Netflix has announced a full feature Kodachrome movie.
Starring Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen, Kodachrome is directed by Mark Raso and written by Jonathan Tropper. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson, Jonathan Tropper, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Leon Clarence serve as producers. »
Read more about Kodachrome and SilverFast in this article on www.shutterbug.com.
12. March 2018
New Targets for Scanner Calibration
LaserSoft Imaging once again demonstrates pioneering spirit with the production of "Advanced Targets" for Scanner Calibration, more measuring fields and increased Target accuracy. For many years now, Scanner-Calibration has been subject to the IT8-Standard. Scanner-Calibration measures the individual color recognizing capabilities of a scanner and creates a unique Color-Profile. The generated Color-Profile helps software with color management, ensuring that images maintain their color-integrity on a wide-range of devices (e.g. monitors and printers).
The ISO-Norm 12641 is part of the IT8-Standard. The ISO-Norm 12641 is currently being expanded by the ISO-Committee, in order to do justice to the steadily increasing importance of color accuracy. We at LaserSoft Imaging are very impressed by the reliable precision of these Advanced Targets and have already begun Advanced Target production. These 12641 (-2 ISO-Candidate) Advanced Targets will be offered in our Online Store until March 31st 2018 at a special introductory price.
Click here to view the complete press release or click here to be taken to our Scanner Calibration page to find out more about our new "Advanced Targets".
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10. January 2018
Google Pixel 2 Camera vs. a $20,000 Hasselblad
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.