"FilmLab": the Phone App for Turning Negatives into Image Files


FilmLab may just the solution to all film photography scanning woes. The app, which will be available for Android and iPhone users, can translate all film negatives and slides, from various shapes and sizes into digital files -- 35mm, 120, slides, color negative, black and white negative, color slides -- you name it!

Images from the Kickstarter page

Software developer Abe Fettig got the idea from his own analogue shooting experience. “When I got into shooting film, I started imagining software that would make it easier and more fun to scan and share my negatives with other people... about six months ago I started working on FilmLab as a side project, and now I have a working prototype.” said Fettig.

The app is currently in the prototype phase, but as soon as it gets fully backed in Kickstarter, there will no longer be difficult scanning of prnts.

Images from the Kickstarter page

Raw support is required to use the app.

Th app will support iOS devices such as the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus,iPhone SE and the 9.7" iPad Pro. For Android devices -- the Andrid 5.0 Lollipop or newer is required.

Images from the Kickstarter page

Head over to their Kickstarter page to bring this app to life.

2017-05-18 #gear #news #film-lab #film-photography #photography-tool


  1. carsten-schmitt
    carsten-schmitt ·

    Most of the stuff I have seen in this respect is pretty low quality. I mean, even the Lomography smartphone scanner is a pretty useless device.
    Why use a material that is capable of producing such high-quality results like film and then water it down by using a sub-par method of digitizing the images? I don't get it. If you want convenience, shoot digital in the first place!

  2. gueaut
    gueaut ·

    @carsten-schmitt Agreed. I was a little disappointed with the smartphone scanner. Plus $18 to kickstart a beta app that will only get updates for a year after the campaign ends, then I probably have to pay another $18 to get the real thing when it's on the market?

  3. rpavich
    rpavich ·

    Why use this after spending the time and effort of shooting film? I can think of one really good reason right now: Because you want to share images online and digital representations aren't your preferred or main output channel, the darkroom is. I care about the darkroom print, but also would like to share some images on FB with my friends. I'm not interested in a 50mb drum scan for FB...just good enough, is enough for me.

    That's one reason that I know of, there are probably others.

More Interesting Articles