UPDATE - 12-4-2019
As of Negative Lab Pro v2.1, SilverFast HRD DNGs are officially supported, with compatibility for any scanner model and new dual-illuminant profiles that produce better color renditions.
Learn more about the official recommended settings and steps here:
I’ve left the original archived discussion below. But as of v2.1 of Negative Lab Pro, much of the recommendation and discussion is deprecated.
While I don’t have “official” recommendations on Silverfast conversions just yet, I wanted to start the conversation here and share a bit about what users have shared.
Here’s generally what I’ve seen users doing with good result:
(and here are a few examples of conversions from a user who was using these settings below)
Settings for Scanning in Silverfast
- Set Silverfast to scan in “positive” mode (so that it doesn’t invert your negative)
- Scan as “48-bit HDR” (depending on your version, this may be done different ways… at least in SF 8.8, I believe you need to go to preferences and check “HDR raw” )
- Scanning to DNG - the preference is to scan to DNG, but for it to work optimally, I will need to create a RAW camera profile to use in Lightroom, so this method isn’t fully supported yet. I’ll include some experimental profiles below. You can email me or PM a link to your DNGs, and I will build a profile for your scanner.
- Scanning to TIFF - it is also possible to scan to TIFF, but be aware that this will scan to gamma 1.0, and for it to work optimally in Lightroom, you will need to convert to gamma 2.2 (which you can do in Lightroom using the “Tiff Scan Prep” utility included with Negative Lab Pro.
How to Convert in Negative Lab Pro
- Import your Silverfast scans into Lightroom
- If your scanned as a DNG, you will need to make sure you have added the custom profile (see info below). If you created a TIFF, you will need to go to “File > Plug-in Extras > Tiff Scan Prep” and convert from linear gamma (1.0) to gamma 2.2.
- If you’ve left borders in your scan, crop them out (or use “border buffer” during conversion to account for border)
- In most cases, you should NOT use Lightroom’s white balance tool prior to conversion
- Open Negative Lab Pro. If working on a DNG, for now set source to “Vuescan RAW DNG”. If working with Tif file, set source to “TIF Scan”. Set other settings as you wish, and convert
- For this type of scan, I would recommend trying the “linear + gamma” tone profile first, and adjusting brightness and contrast first.
DNG Profiles for Silverfast DNGs
I’m currently still experimenting with DNG profiles for Silverfast. You can help by sending me 48-bit HDR DNG files from Silverfast made with your scanner!
- Epson V700, v750, v800 and v850
- Add the profile to your lightroom camera profile folder (on Mac, this is usually at “~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/CameraProfiles”. On Windows, it’s typically at “C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles”, but this may vary a little bit)
- Restart Lightroom
- If you’ve previously converted the DNG (prior to adding the profiles), you’ll need to unconvert, and then reconvert.
Like I said, still a work in progress!