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Why a photo scanner can be fully colour balanced

Ever wondered why a scanner can be colour calibrated and a digital camera can’t? Your digital camera needs to be white balanced at the least. The reason is that the way the camera ‘sees’ grey should be calibrated to a known neutral value. From there, you can rely on the camera ‘knowing’ how other colors […]

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What to look for in scanner software?

Scanner software is not necessarily a thing of the past. There are many people who are still digitizing their photos, and for that a scanner is inevitable. What do you look for in scanner software? Obviously, you can just do fine with the scanner’s own software, but in order to unlock all functionality and get […]

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Photo scanning is not passé

Scanning service for photos: what to look for is an article that discusses scanning services  — services that will scan your photos for you. These are not as popular as they used to be. We’re all digital these days. Art photographers who are old enough to have learned about film emulsions usually have a library full […]

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Scanning to archive

Can you scan analogue photos to a format that is an equivalent of a Camera RAW file? Yes, you can, with SilverFast. Here’s a video that shows you what it looks like. The resulting RAW file, the HDR image, is twice as big as the regular 48-bit image. RUNAeL9fJ9M Note that the RAW image is […]

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Scan to web

Scanning photos isn’t sexy anymore. We all have digital cameras — well, not exactly, but only die-hard art photographers will insist on the better grain and look of film. While the majority of photographers has gone digital, that doesn’t mean all those analogue images are suddenly worthless and should be thrown away. At least, some […]

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Der Spiegel scans photos

Germany’s number one weekly news magazine Der Spiegel allegedly still uses a Heidelberg scanner and SilverFast software to scan photographs, which must mean their photographers have not yet all made the transition to digital. We know there are a number of art photographers who find analogue photography to be vastly superior to digital. But press photographers… They usually […]

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Why do people still scan?

Not too few famous art photographers still shoot film these days. They love the grain, the colors, the dynamic range. But they too must digitize their images, if only for archival purposes, or for display in online art stores. Most of them will turn to SilverFast, the scanner software developed by German LaserSoft Imaging. In […]