As a self-proclaimed film junkie, I have found that as digital technology continues to surge forward, there are features I wish could be applied to my catalogue of film stills as well, such as geolocation and shot specifications. Honestly, boxes of slides and note books full of stats cannot compete with the organizational catalogue of their digital counterparts – that is, until now.
PhotoExif: iOS app for Your Film Stills
PhotoExif is an iPhone and iPad app which allows you to record lens, focal distance, aperture, shutter speed and GPS location of your photographs. It is designed to allow you to create a log much like the EXIF information on a digital image file.
The features also allow you to keep a catalog of bodies, lenses, and films. You can also combine all your data with specific photographs. You can easily switch between camera specs on different bodies, as well as use the companion desktop app to apply all the data to scanned copies of your film images.
Now your film images can be catalogued and saved with all the data you use to keep in that notebook you probably lost a few times.
The Massive Dev Chart: The Darkroom Life Saver
Another great app for analogue junkies is The Massive Dev Chart by Digitaltruth. This app places at your fingertips the world’s largest film development database available. With convenient multistep timer and darkroom support, the features go beyond the film and developer data. This app is extremely well thought out and even has auto reminders that can save you (and your photos), especially if you are processing multiple images / rolls at a time.
Choose your film, your developer, then the speed for developing in order to view the correct times for each sequence of your development process. You can start and stop each sequence easily. There is also a red-light mode for your paper processing (darkroom) times.
When the timer is not active, you can edit each sequence with custom times, inversion cycles, and rinse and stop bath settings, overriding the default presets suggested by the app – just on case you think you know better. You can also change the temperature of the developer solution (which will effect all chemistry settings, even if only changed by a few degrees). According to the creators of the app, once you adjust temp, the app will automatically adjust the development times using a “bilinear interpolation algorithm”. Okay, even that part went over my head, and I have spent years in the darkroom, using calculations to figure out the chemistry. Luckily – there is now an app for that.
Losing even one roll of film to miscalculated times for can be devastating. So whether you are working in a fully operational darkroom or at your kitchen sink, I highly recommend using this app, even with the $8 price tag. You will thank me later.
To learn more and purchase the PhotoExif app, click here.
To learn more and purchase the Massive Dev Chart app, click here.
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules