I bought the Canon G15 used about seven years ago because I wanted a nice point and shoot camera that shot in RAW so I could carry around all over town. The fact that it could take video at 1080p was an added bonus that I am using more and more every day.
I’m not going to go over the specs. There are plenty of other sources you can find on this little camera but one thing that I have yet to seen it used for is scanning film.
The current trend is photographing your backlit negatives using a macro lens on a DSLR and converting (or better yet inverting them) using Lightroom or Photoshop. Once inverted you can manipulate your images as normal.
I’ve test the G15 with black and white film today and was pretty happy with the outcome. The biggest advantage I can thing of is the very portability of the G15. It’s not big and clunky and shoots in raw and because of its size and weight it’s easier to set up.
The biggest draw back is just size but I’m not really worried about that. While I do plan on printing images from this scanning technique, I am not looking for super oversized prints right now.
My main concern as far a size goes is getting a digital negative print no larger than 16×20 since that is what I’m basically limited to in my darkroom. Yup I said darkroom.
I plant to print up transparencies and making contact prints. I’m printing on most Fiber and RC paper, I plan on making platinum palladium prints a part of my portfolio as well as cyanotype prints.
Most of the transparencies I plan on printing are going to be 8×10 but no bigger than 13×17 or so. The G15 should easily be able to handle that but I will know for sure once I get going on that project.
My next step now is finding an adequate printer that won’t break the bank but that’s going to be a tall order. I’m hoping I will find a company in town that will be able to handle printing on transparent material for a very reasonable price. That and the added issued that I want to print erotic nudes as well, hahaha. Doubt that will go over well.
I will keep posting on this project as I move forward for any that are interested.
I used to work with this cat named John. He was a surfer and one time came in straight to the office in his wet suit because he forgot his work clothes at the beach. Cool cat but a little off.
He used to frequent flea markets and garage sales all the time. I never really knew him at all other than work. One day he comes over to my desk and hands me a bumper sticker that reads, “I ❤️ Hendrix” because he knew I was and still am a huge Jimi Hendrix fanatic.
He told me he saw it at the yard sale for $1 and thought I should have it. Then he walked away.
That was 20 years ago. I still have that sticker. 🤣🤣🤣
The Zoom H6 does not record and act as an A/I at the same time (I believe the Zoom LiveTracs can do that now). So I take the line out from the H6 and use the two inputs in the Zoom U-44. Now I can record and/or stream on my computer using the DAW or OBS.
I’m all about back up. The other thing I could have done is use the H6 as the A/I and use the line out into another recorder like the Zoom H1 or H4 but that would sacrifice the sound quality I get by recording the individual tracks on the H6. I like to play guitar and do some vocals every once in a while so using this set up allows me to not have to move around so much and just pressing record on the H6.
If you really want to get crazy, you can use the headphone out from the H6 and send that to another recorder like the H1 or H4. I’ve had cards fail before and computers crash so on an important interview/podcast/jam, it would be great to have a triplicate.
If I were doing a live stream with a live band, I would use a similar set up but maybe use a Zoom R16/R24 (or any basic mixer if recording individual tracks is not important) for additional inputs or use one of the Zoom LiveTracs which I am considering in the very near future.
I’ve been podcasting enough now to realize that a backup is absolutely paramount.