Ana­log to dig­i­tal

Smart­phone app FilmLab lets you scan your film.

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE -

Tra­di­tion­ally, the way to dig­i­tize your films was to head over to a cam­era shop with a high-res­o­lu­tion scan­ner. The al­ter­na­tive to that was us­ing a macro lens, a dig­i­tal cam­era, and some knowhow in Pho­to­shop.

Thanks to Abe Fet­tig and his FilmLab Kick­starter cam­paign though, all you'll need now is your smart­phone.

The app, which is com­pat­i­ble with both iOS and An­droid de­vices, is able to au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect photos and pro­vide you with a real-time pre­view of how the neg­a­tives would look like as 'de­vel­oped' photos. When you find a photo that you like, tap the im­age and the soft­ware will zoom in, while cor­rect­ing the per­spec­tive if you're view­ing from an an­gle.

It's not specif­i­cally men­tioned what sort of film this soft­ware will be able to rec­og­nize, but Fet­tig ex­plained in his Kick­starter page that: “At a min­i­mum, FilmLab will work with 35mm, 120mm medium for­mat, and slides.” Both color and black-and-white con­tent can be scanned.

To get the best re­sults, Fet­tig rec­om­mends us­ing any smart­phone that is able to shoot in RAW. For those who do not own de­vices ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing in RAW, the soft­ware also sup­ports JPEG, but with a small hit to im­age qual­ity.

FilmLab is ex­pected to be avail­able later this year, for US$29.99 (ap­prox. RM130).

With the FilmLab app, you can dig­i­tize the photos from your film with just your smart­phone.

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