FilmLab makes it easy to view and digitize film negatives. All you need is your iPhone or iPad, and a light table or other back light. Whether you're an active film photographer who wants to share your latest roll of film on social media, or a family archivist with a box of old negatives to look through, we hope FilmLab will make your workflow easier and more fun.
FilmLab's camera makes it easy to inspect negatives, with a live preview showing what they'll look like as positives. If you want to save or share an image, tap the capture button. FilmLab uses custom image processing to seamless combine multiple photos from your device's camera for maximum detail.
After capture, you can keep an entire proof sheet, or crop down to a single frame. FilmLab includes modes for color negative, black and white negative, and color positive. It also provides tools for rotating and flipping the image, and adjusting exposure and color balance. FilmLab's negative-to-positive conversion is much more than a simple inversion. It uses custom algorithms to emulate the chemical processes used in darkrooms, and produce accurate colors and tones.
Once you're happy with your proof sheet or image, you can save it to you Camera Roll, or share it using AirDrop, Messages, or social media apps.
Each film image is unique and special. That piece of film was in a specific place at a specific moment in time, and it captured the light as a permanent image using nothing but science and chemistry. Viewing these images always fills us with wonder and puts smiles on our faces. We hope FilmLab gives you the same kind of experience. Thanks for taking the time to check it out!
This release includes a major update to our process simulation technology, which gives more beautiful and accurate colors for negative film.
It also fixes a bug in iOS 14 on some devices that would cause the camera to stop responding. If this bug was affecting you, please restart your phone after installing the update.
Ratings and Reviews
While it worked
I liked this app because i have black and white negatives that i didn’t have pictures to match.
The one thing i would have liked was to save the picture that i zoomed in on instead of having to crop it then save.
But now the camera won’t work so i am back to square one. I have deleted that app and reinstalled but it still doesn’t work. ☹️
A simple tool with great results
I have used this app since backing it on Kickstarter. It has come a very long way since then. It’s a simple enough tool that can produce good if not great results. Keep in mind the results largely depend on the quality of negative or slide you are scanning.
Pair this app with a consistent flat light source (like an iPad using a tracing app) and some sort of jig to hold your phone the right distance away and you have a reasonably simple set-up for digitizing your memories. One final hint, use the self timer to trigger the exposure to avoid camera blurr.
1.6.0 Update Is Really Bad
I understand attempting to fix the iOS 14 camera bug, which I definitely experienced, but this new update now tries to auto-set conversion levels once you snap a picture of your negative and does a HORRIBLE job at the auto leveling. The previous version didn’t work this way. The previous version started with everything at zero and I could adjust the conversion to taste. With this new version, the auto level does such a bad job that you can’t adjust back to a usable conversion. The PREVIEW before you snap looks better than the auto conversion. I know you’re a one person shop doing everything yourself, but PLEASE revert this back to the previous version. I can no longer use this app. 😢
Developer Response ,
Hi Frank, sorry to hear you’re having trouble with the new version. Could you please get in touch with us at email@example.com and describe the setup you’re using (the film type, film holder, light source, and model iPhone/iPad). If you could also attach a photo of your setup taken with the regular camera app that would be helpful. As soon as we have that we can try to reproduce the problem you’re having and get a fix shipped ASAP. Thanks!
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- Develop and Fix, Inc.
- 16.5 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2020 Develop and Fix, Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.