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So many of us immersed in digital photography only look forward, eagerly awaiting the next generation of digital cameras, new and improved ways of editing pixels, and the ever expanding gamut and dynamic range of inkjet printers. With all the forward momentum, we tend to forget that one of photography’s major purposes is to create memories, allowing us to look backward at what was. And for many of us, that means drawers of negatives, prints and metal boxes full of slides.

Wat Arun, Bangkok (Detail)Colour Negative Scanned in SilverFast Ai Studio 6.6 with NegafixAll this stuff degrades over time, so the contemporary advice is to digitize it for enhancement and indefinite preservation. Enter scanners and scanning software – a field which retains a steady clientele despite the onslaught of digital capture. A few firms still manufacture film scanners and several scanning applications are on the market, of which SilverFast remains the most comprehensive.

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Mark has been making photographs for the past six decades and started adopting a digital workflow in 1999 first with scanning film, then going fully digital in 2004. He has worked with a considerable range of software, equipment and techniques over the years, accumulated substantial experience as an author, educator and communicator in several fields and is a frequent contributor to the Luminous-Landscape website. Mark developed a particular interest in film scanning and authored the ebook “Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop” available on the SilverFast website. In his “other life” (the one that pays for the photography), Mark is a retiree from the World Bank Group and now a consultant in electric power development.
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