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!
FilmLab 1.3.2 has a few small improvements and bug fixes.
- Fixed a bug where the option to change sync speed between 1/50 and 1/60 was hidden on some phones.
- Fixed a bug in color handling on devices that don't support raw capture
- The sync speed setting is now saved - FilmLab will remember the option you chose last time.
- The export button is now disabled while an image is processing. This prevents saving a partially-processed image, which may have low quality.
- CPU use and battery use have been reduced
- Auto color balance accuracy is slightly better
Ratings and Reviews
My experience after reading all reviews and testing it!
So I saw a lot of one star reviews and I feel like I should say something. I downloaded on two different iPhones X and the iPhone S and the issue with the image flickering and giving weird colors is very annoying and it showed on both devices.
When you take the picture of the negative sometimes it will give you a weird exposure. However when I go to crop the picture every time I move the crop corners the pictures gets better and better. When you’re done cropping you will have a fully exposed picture that you can adjust all the basics necessary on the edit section.
Is the app the most high definition scan? No however I’m taking a picture of a picture with a phone, but it does the job much better than the other free ones I downloaded.
My set up was my iPad far enough to lose the pixels in a box and my phone on a tripod. I got really good results for Instagram isn’t all we want anyway right?
So I don’t think the one star review is indicative of the performance of the app. I did expect for 6 bucks the app to be on the efficient side and not have those basic issues especially because one of the selling points is “the app recognizes the negative and transforms into a positive.”
But all and all I’m a hobby film photographer and it does what I needed to do before moving on to pro things.
I Love this App!
My husband has been in the photography business for 45+ years. The 1 thing that we had was our wedding on 2 1/4 inch square negatives (old school). I waited over a year for this App to be finished. I wanted my wedding on computer. I am thrilled to have it. We have hundreds of old square negatives of when my husband was young. Having these negatives printed would cost a lot. This App allows us to put these pics on our computer. I wouldn’t take anything for it.
Does what is says; nothing more
First, you NEED a backlight for this to work. Then, it only takes grainy “photos” of your negatives. But, this is still very useful if you’re trying to figure out which of your 1000+ negatives to print. It’s handy for quickly viewing negatives as positives.
If your want hi-res “scans” to print, use a flatbed scanner or a dedicated film scanner. But that takes a lot of time.
I wish this had a tutorial. Not sure what the difference between 1/50 and 1/60 is. Shutter speed? Who knows? This app really needs a tutorial instructing how to adjust the backlight and the ambient light. It’s a mystery. Worth the $6? Depends on your purpose.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.