Darkr - Black And White Filter 4+

Old Vintage BW Photo Editor

Marcus Carlsson

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 3.4K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



3 million downloads

Featured as Today's app in many countries and is the perfect app for learning photography.

"Darkr actually taught us how to frame pictures better"
- AppleInsider

Have you ever dreamt of trying an old darkroom, but don't have the equipment nor the time?

Now you can, and without getting wet.

In a fun and intuitive way you will pick the strip that has the best time and contrast.
And just like a real darkroom, you can make parts of the image brighter and darker by blocking or adding more light to the image.

You will be presented in a very easy way with lots of tutorials on how to use the tools.

The images will only be in black and white (but you may tone them).

+ Develop either your images from your camera-roll or taken by the Large-Format camera
+ Only Black & White
+ Stripes - As in a real darkroom you'll have to find the best strip. It will be challenging, fun and very powerful
+ Crop / Rotate - Both crop and rotate the image in the same tool
+ Dodge - Make a selected part of the image brighter.
+ Burn - Make a selected part of the image darker
+ Blur - Enhance the background with some beautiful blurriness.
+ Tone - Tone the images with various strength. The toners that can be used are Selenium, Cyanotype and Sepia.
+ Layers - You can add as many effects as you want. Each effect will be treated as a layer that can be edited, deleted and changed its visibility.
+ Zoom - You can zoom the image ten times. This will make it really easy to make the detailed work.
+ OpenGL - Darkr uses OpenGL, the drawing is fast and very fluid.

By shooting with a large-format camera where the image is upside-down you will actually get more control over the image.
The camera is only manual and back in the old days you could not even zoom with the camera, you had to walk.

You will be forced to slow down the process and by doing so, your photographs will be so much better.

At first it may feel a bit odd to look at the upside-down image and it can even be a bit challanging to know if you should move the camera to the left or right when framing the image.
Sometimes you will even laugh at yourself, but the more you use it, the less you will even have to think about it.

Darkr has now added two more camera-models.
+ Medium-format which will produce a square image and just as the large-format camera it is manual.
+ Small-format which is a real basic point and shoot camera where you pretty much only shoot at what you see. Nothing to set up with, nor zoom.

+ Manual - Just as in a real old analog camera, it is only manual
+ Shutter / ISO - You will set these individually
+ Focus - With a beautiful crafted loupe, you will get full control over the sharpness
+ Tilt / Shift - Just as a large-format camera you will be able to straight up any lines
+ 4x5" - The negative's size will be in the 4x5-ratio as the most popular large-format camera does

You can naturally share both the negatives and prints.
You can optimize the resolution to lots of social media's sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

We are eager to hear from you. We just love to hear both good stuff and bad stuff.
And it's much likely that your opinion will be added into the next update.
Please don't hesitate to contact us at:

What’s New

Version 7.0

Bugfixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

Editors’ Notes

We love modern tools for taking and editing photos, but there’s something magical about old-school darkroom techniques. Darkr blends these two worlds, letting you use classic photo development tricks like dodging and burning—not as alarming as they sound, really—to enhance your digital images. The results feel like our own handcrafted photographic art.

LeapingPenguin ,

This has brought me back to the fundamentals

I’ve been using Darkr for a couple of years and from the beginning loved how it takes me back to when Inused to shoot with film and my old 4x5 rail camera.

Certainly it has some limitations I suspect because of the limitations of the lens on a phone but I have on occasion been able to capture some pretty amazing images if I do say so myself.

There is a problem as of today (Dec 15, 2019). There is a bug in the most recent update that causes it to crash right after pressing the shutter release. And it does not keep the photo after the crash as well. Hope you can find the bug soon. Love using your app.

Tsering Darge ,


I am a large and medium format photographer, best known for my portraiture. This is a super enjoyable app and a great way of using the iPhone camera. Among the highlights, my favorite is that the large format camera is just as fidgety as the real thing and demands a focus on composition in the same way. The film choices, dodging, burning, blurring, filtering and other options yield great photos. And you have to have a good eye, this is for people who understand, or are willing to learn, that artistry is proportional to effort. I will be eager to see how it develops over time.

Developer Response ,

As you probably understand I have used large-format cameras and developed in the darkroom for some 20+ years. So my intention with this app was to make it as close as to the real deal as possible.
And I can guarantee that I will add some more cool features. But only as they are in the real analog world :)

In-App Purchases

Enables every feature
Film with grain
Film with grain
Add beautiful film-emulsion
Tone the image
Tone the image
Add selenium, cyanotype or sepia

App Privacy

The developer, Marcus Carlsson, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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