Analog to digital
Smartphone app FilmLab lets you scan your film.
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.