Setting Black and White Points

Scanning Film with LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast (Podcast 709)

In this post I explain how I arrived at my current film processing formula and explain my settings for scanning film with SilverFast 8 SE.

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Bruce McDonald
    Posted at 08:54h, 01 July Reply

    Thanks Martin. This is useful for a reluctant scanner who has an Epson V800 scanner with Silverfast. Initially attached to an iMac, the Epson had conflict issues with an HP printer driver on the same machine. After changing printers I took some time to explore the scanning process, so much time in fact that the iMac had issues, so when a friend wanted some scans I needed to move scanner and Silverfast to my Mac Mini. The migration was relatively painless and I was able have my mate in awe, although the output was more by good luck than good management. Your great analysis gives me new base from which to review my scanning process. Thanks for the review, very timely.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:46h, 01 July Reply

      Hi Bruce,

      I’m pleased you found this useful and timely.

      Interesting that you had a conflict with your printer. Glad to hear that the migration to another machine was painless too.

      Stay well, my friend!


  • Chris Nielsen
    Posted at 18:13h, 13 July Reply

    Hi Martin, new to your podcast and listening to this episode first. Just a note on isrd. I’m a Vuescan user but a quick check of the silverfast website seems to confirm my suspicions. Isrd uses an infrared scan as you mentioned to detect the dust. Same as ICE, this does NOT work on traditional black and white, only on colour film or chromagenic black and white film such as Ilford XP2. Your self developed black and white films don’t work because it can’t penetrate the emulsion or some such reason. Silverfast advertises something called SRDx which is meant to work just in software but that sounds like shenanigans to me.

    Looking forward to listening to many more episodes

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:40h, 26 July Reply

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for pointing that out. I had actually arrived at that conclusion in January too, but then promptly forgot all about it. Sheesh!

      I’ll add a note to the post. It may well be SRDx that I couldn’t get working as well. I’ll have to do a few more tests and release an update. 🙂

      Thanks again, and I hope you continue to enjoy the Podcast.


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