Unless I am taking a quick shot to show someone a random item, I never simply use my iPhone camera app and a raw photo. Every image taken is run through some application to reach my desired outcome. The iPhone has truly become a wonderful platform for amateur photographers. I think my love for photography stems from a young age when my father was into it and we even had a dark room at our print shop business. I can still smell the peculiar scent of the chemicals and see the red lights. The entire process always intrigued me. The developers of my favorite photo app, Hipstamatic, have another offering called SwankoLab that brings those golden days in the dark room to the iPhone. Let’s take a look.
The creators of the Hipstamatic are super stoked to present their digital darkroom kit: SwankoLab. It’s a loving recreation of the pre-digital era classic – the darkroom of yesterday today.
Complete with smells of photo chemistry and sounds of mad science being made, your SwankoLab comes with everything you need to turn any image into a retro misprinted masterpiece. Choose chemicals, process photos, and experiment. You’re the artist / chemist / creative genius– have fun!
? Eight magical photo-altering chemicals
? A formula book to store your favorite chemical recipes
? An embossed development tray
? A hand-engraved mahogany box to store all your photo supplies and prints
? Uncle Stu is back at it again in the chemical lab, with four new ones brewed up for your developing pleasure!
– Rockin’ Robin Color Booster
– Insty-Tex Cool
– Queen’s Vignette – Black
? New live-preview mode, for easier chemical mixing (plus tap-and-hold to preview a chemical before pouring it)
? Facebook sharing bug fixes
SwankoLab allows photos to be taken directly from the app or loaded from the photo album. I prefer to load from my album so I always have a clean version to revert back to. The lab consists of wood finish with a shelf of chemicals and the tray to develop in. To use a chemical, tap and watch it pour or drop in the solution. There is a limited number of units that can be used and the photo will reflect the changes that will occur as a preview.
Once the chemical makeup is just right, tap the “On” switch on the right to develop the photo. The tray is actually seen with the photo as it develops. Tilting the phone in any direction will send the photo floating to the side of the tray. When the photo is done, it will hang to dry just like we used to do in the dark room. From here, save, share or delete the photo or look at the chemical formula just used. If the formula was good, you can also save and name it to be used again. Formulas can be reached by tapping the book with the F on the lower left of the screen. There are several samples there to try out first.
The best way to understand how each chemical affects the photos is to just use them. After a few uses, you will get an idea what each of them do and have some great looking images.
SwankoLab is a cool way to tweak and create edited photos in any style imaginable. The app is intuitive and easy to use as well as beautiful. Added animations make mixing chemicals seem like you are standing in the dark room. If only the developers could send smells through the iPhone! I used my beautiful family from our football picture day photos as my model. It is a tough time of the year for them with me working many hours and seven days a week. I could not be in this profession without them! Go get SwankoLabon sale for $.99.
What I like: So many options to mix and match chemicals to reach different photo styles. The app is beautifully designed.
What could be improved: I would like to see a guide for the chemicals as well as a button to delete the last chemical used.
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